Raphy Leavitt y Su Orquesta La Selecta


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This was Raphy Leavitt's final album for Borinquen Records, and although it received little airplay, it is one of his very best. The title tune gives way to some of Jorge Millet's most frenzied writing, featuring Wilfredo "Muñito" Soto (on timbales), Ivan "Banchi" Pérez (bongos), and Antonio "Pipo" García (congas) showcasing their individual talents. "Corazón Malvado" is an interesting take on a failed wedding. Raphy Laevitt tries his luck on merengue ("Usted," arranged by José Lantigua), and succeeds. This is the closing of an era for the band that unfortunately could not duplicate the success with the Puerto Rico-based label in the years to come. This LP is presently out-of-print, and it worth looking for.