Joey Pastrana & His Orchestra – Let’s Ball (1967) [Cotique CS-1006] 24/192khz

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Joey Pastrana And His Orchestra
Let’s Ball
1967 Cotique (CS-1006)


     Let’s Ball     4:22   
    Bien Dulce     3:25   
    La Grimas Negras     2:57   
    Mani Picante     3:00   
    Jammin’ With Joey     3:35   
    My Shingaling     3:35   
    Rubon Melon     5:35   
    Flamenco Ole’     3:57   
    En Nada Estas     5:00   


    Ismael Miranda – vocals
    Johnny Riviera – bass
    Chicky Perez – bongos    
    Becky Rivera, Junior Morales, Sonia Rivera – chorus
    Willie Pastrana – congas
    Joey Pastrana – band leader, drums
    Paquito Pastor – piano
    Jack Hitchcock, Wilfred Vasquez – trombones
    Dave Gonzalez – trumpet
   


    Photography – Charles Stewart
    Album jacket design  – John Murello
    Engineer – Gary Kellgren
    Produced by George Goldner 

Vinyl; Pro-Ject RM-5SE turntable (with Sumiko Blue Point 2 cartridge, Speedbox power supply); Creek Audio OBH-15; M-Audio Audiophile 192 Soundcard ; Adobe Audition at 32-bit float 192khz; Click Repair with mono fold-down; individual clicks and pops taken out with Adobe Audition 3.0 – dithered and resampled using iZotope RX Advanced. Tags done with Foobar 2000 and Tag and Rename.

*As you can plainly see, Joey’s name is spelled PASTRANO all over this release.  This was an error by the Cotique label who rushed it’s release.  It’s particularly odd because they got his brother’s name right.

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Joey was a prolific musician whose hits got more radio airplay outside of his home turf of the Big Apple, in large part because of unfriendly relations with the Fania clique who had scary control over disc jockeys at the time.  As a teen he studied the drum kit under Gene Krupa, gave it up because it was too much of a pain in the ass to carry his gear home on the subway at 3 a.m., and switched to percussion, soon becoming an accomplished timbalero while playing with Bobby Valentin’s group.  

This is a very nice album debut for Joey Pastrana as a bandleader, highlighting one of his traits that contributed to his survival beyond the boogaloo craze – he always diversified his repertoire with different rhythms.  In fact fact I’m glad he breaks things up, because I often can’t handle entire records of boogaloo all at once.  Although Joey and his brother Willie (on congas) were young dudes when they made this record, they swing their mambos, salsas,and descargas like old pros here.    The title track “Let’s Ball”, “Bien Dulce,”  and “My Shingaling” are really the only boogaloos here, and the spectacular track “Rumbon Melon” became something of a salsa standard.   Another special treat is Joey’s arrangement of
Lágrimas Negras (inexplicably written as La Grimas Negras on the jacket
and label), a classic tune from Trío Matamoros first recorded in the
30s.  The instrumental “Flamenco Olé” allows brother Willie to take some liberties on the congas, and the trombones have echoes of “A Night In Tunisia.”    The lead vocals on the LP are from none other than a young Ismael Miranda, who made only this one album with Joey in between gigs with the Harlow brothers (first Andy, then Larry).  Joey was also ahead of his time having women backup singers in the coro, one of whom was his sister-in-law, Sonia Rivera.

Fun fact:  I actually did pay only 49 cents for this record (plus
tax!), still sealed in the original shrinkwrap.  I don’t remember
exactly where I found it except that it was someplace very unhip, like a
K-Mart or a Sears or one of those department-stores places that used
to sell vinyl.  It was in the 1990s, when such stores still had some
stock, and you would sometimes randomly wander through one and see a
bunch of LPs on clearance  Like this one, which they
obviously had no idea what the hell it was. You’re not likely to find this for fifty cents now.  So grab this here, burn it to a CD-R and give it to everyone you know, and without an ounce of misgiving:  Joey never made a cent off his Cotique recordings, and (as per this 2005 interview) was exploring ways to sue them.

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12 Comments

  1. Thanks from brasil !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Sorry! When I use the password on the right side of the blog (with StuffIt for Mac) the file fails to expand, any reason why?

  3. Obrigado por mais esse belo rip que você fez e por essa entrevista tão interessante que você encontrou, Flabber. Como sempre, é ótimo ler o que você escreve sobre os discos.

    Deixe-me perguntar, você está pensando em usar torrents a partir de agora para substituir os links ou só como uma alternativa?

  4. @ Marlene, if you keep looking on the right side of the blog you'll see that I recommend *not* using Stuffit. Try UNRAR-X, it's free and it handles encryption and passwords better.

    @ Valladão, valeu. Sobre sua pergunta, penso de oferecer uma alternatíva somente, não vou acabar com os links normais. Na verdade não sei se fiz essa 'magnet link' no jeito certo porque nunca tinha feito até agora. Vamos ver…

  5. Thank you very much Flabbergast. You keep introducing me to incredible music.
    Doing some research on the tracks I found that "Flamenco Olé" is an arrangement of Louie Ramirez's "Flamenco Ain't Bad" from Sabu's Jazz Espagnole (which is another album I need to listen too.)
    For me your site is like an online musical appreciation course. I live in Panamá, and these music is nowhere available.

    Take care!

    By the way, the magnet links don't seem to work.

  6. This is wonderful – many thanks!

  7. thank you!!! awesome

  8. What a great album! Full of energy and enthusiasm and, as you said, playing accomplished beyond their years. Love the song selection and arrangements. This was my first exposure to Mr. Pastrana and I loved it from top to bottom. Thank you very much Flabbergast. This is a keeper for sure!

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