In the Seventies, the Fania label ruled the Latin music scene in New York - and, arguably, the world. This two-CD comp moves from Cuban traditionalism to the R&B fusion called boogaloo to salsa, the pan-Latin genre that - via its marketing smarts and talent monopoly - Fania basically invented. The hits are here: Willie Colón's "Che Che Colé," Hector Lavoe's anthems "El Cantante" and "Mi Gente," Rubén Blades' "Mack the Knife"-script-flip "Pedro Navaja." On "Quimbara," Celia Cruz reclaims salsa's grafted Cuban roots as birthright, bringing it all back home.
Listen to Willie Colón's "Che Che Colé":