Fruko, El Bueno – Ayunando (1973) Fruko y Sus Tesos

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FRUKO, EL BUENO
“Ayunando”
Released 1973
Disco Fuentes (LP 200748)

01 – Fruko Power
02 – Ayunando
03 – Tu Sufriras
04 – Yo Soy el Punto Cubano
05 – Lamentdo del Campesino
06 – Mosaico Santero: A Santa Bárbara – San Lázaro – A la Caridad del Cobre
07 – El Ausente
08 – Canto a Borinquen
09 – Pa’ Teso Yoi

Vocals: Joe Arroyo and Wilson Saoko
Trumpets: Jorge Gariria, Salvador Pasos
Trombones: Gonzalo Gómez, Freddy Ferrer
Timbales: Rafael Benitez
Conga – Fernando Villegas
Bongo: Jesús Villegas
Electric Piano: Luis Felipe Basto
Bass, arrangements: Fruko

Executive Producer: Jose Maria Fuentes E.
Produced by: Mario Rincon P
Musical Director: Fruko
Recording Engineer: Mario Rincon P.

Vinyl -> Pro-Ject RM-5SE turntable (with Sumiko Blue Point 2 cartridge, Speedbox power supply) > Creek Audio OBH-15 -> M-Audio Audiophile 2496 Soundcard -> Adobe Audition 3.0 at 24-bits 96khz -> Click Repair light settings, some isolated clicks removed using Audition -> dithered and resampled using iZotope RX Advanced. Tags done with Foobar 2000

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Anyone who has heard the compilations from the likes of Soundway Records or VampiSoul covering cumbia, salsa, or Latin funk sounds has no doubt had the tracks from Fruko jump right out at them. His band went through a variety of sounds over the 70s and I haven’t heard anything I didn’t like yet. Here we see him in a humorous counter-spin on the campy ‘bad boy’ image he had been using (modeled somewhat after Willie Colon’s album covers) on his earlier album art, by becoming the benevolent “Fruko the Good”!

Fruko’s discography is so huge, and I am familiar with such a small portion of it, that it’s difficult for me to say anything of much profundity. However, he is known to a lot of us non-Colombians for some of the funkier stuff he recorded as well as his bad-ass cumbias. But on this record, the only thing funky is the rather creepy and slightly nauseating album cover (thank the stars for the strategic use of glass decanters…) featuring Fruko in his best Bacchus impersonation, and there is no cumbia to had. This is pretty much a straight salsa album with strains of Latin Soul via the Nuyorican scene. Although I prefer Joe Arroyo’s vocals slightly over Wilson Saoko, Wilson definitely knows how to kick it on the more ‘soulful’ bits, and his singing on the wonderful “Lamento del campesino” is fantastic. The idea of having two lead singers in his band — both of them great, really – is just one of the things that makes Fruko and this record special. That, and the disturbing album cover. Check out the electric piano (Wurlitzer, I believe) work on this album too, in place of the more traditional acoustic piano. There isn’t a bad tune in the bunch, with some of my favorites being the title cut, “Mosaico Santero”, “El Ausente” (which has appeared on some compilations), and the tribute to ‘my people’ in Puerto Rico, “Canto a Boriquen.”

Oddly enough there are not just song samples but entire songs from this album available from the website of COLOMBIAN NATIONAL RADIO

I would like to say that personally I find my own vinyl rip much more satisfying to the ears…

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password – palavra chave – senha – magickal invocation – ponto cantado e ponto riscado can be found in the COMMENTS

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23 Comments

  1. password invocation:

    vibes

  2. Thanks but the 24-96 file are the same as 16-44 file!!

  3. thanks for pointing it out Asi, it was a cut-and-paste error on my part. It points to the right place now, give it a try

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    valeu mesmo
    eric.

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  6. GRACIAS! BEAUTIFUL ALBUM

    HARLOW FROM COLOMBIA

  7. hola gracias pero cual es el password ????

  8. hola, el password es "vibes"

  9. HOLA TREMENDO EL TRABAJO QUE ESTAN HACIENDO EN ESTA PAGINA..GRACIAS POR COMPARTIRLO..PERO LE DOY LA CONTRASEÑA: vibraciones …Y NO ME FUNCIONA..HAY ALGUNA OTRA CONTRASEÑA? GRACIAS..

  10. la contraseña es "vibes", no es "vibraciones"

  11. SI SEÑOR..LA CONTRASEÑA ES: vibes …MUCHAS GRACIAS POR TU APORTE..ESTE TRABAJO DE FRUKO ES MARAVILLOSO

  12. thank you of colombia

  13. tank you!

  14. Buenas, No me funciona ninguna de las contraseñas ni vibraciones ni onda marca error en dos ficheros, Gracias.

  15. Buenas, No me funcionan las contraseñas VIBRACIONES, ONDA y marca error dos ficheros

  16. hola Jean Pierre.. la contraseña es "vibes", sin puntucaión. solamente

    vibes

  17. Excelente, Gracias! Feliz Navidad!

  18. a tremendous album, thank you!
    is there a different password for the FLAC files?

  19. Please, upload the files in another host different to Megaupload.

  20. Great disc, thankyou very much. I would like to remaster it but I cannot find the password in the comments. Best regards!

  21. Thanks for the password “vibes”.

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