This compilation is an excellent sampler for salsa fans who are still unfamiliar with the very early work of this hugely profitable and popular combination. Ismael Miranda and his former bandleader, Larry Harlow, show their indelible mark as they draw from Arsenio Rodriguez, a major influence in the pianist's career. Miranda's talent as a songwriter is also displayed here. "Arsenio" was recorded shortly after Rodriguez's death, and it became one of 1971's biggest salsa hits; "Abran Paso," "Señor Sereno," "Abandonada Fue," "Lamento de un Guajiro," and "Las Mujeres Son" are obligatory pieces for Miranda in his performances. In any case, one of the most successful partnerships in salsa history still manages to stand on its own, despite the fact that they have followed separate careers. Classic New York salsa.
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AllMusic Review by José A. Estévez, Jr.