Orchestra Harlow – El Jardinero Del Amor (1976) [FANIA SLP 00499]

Orchestra Harlow – El Jardinero del Amor
Vinyl rip in 24 bit 192 khz | Art at  300 dpi
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Fania Records SLP 00499 | Released 1976 | Salsa / Latin-Jazz

Dr. Vibes 12 Days of Christmas – Day 11 – Led by musical innovator and pioneer Larry Harlow (El Judio Maravilloso), Orchestra Harlow put out a string of top-notch albums for the Fania label.  Larry had led a storied life – he lived in Cuba before the revolution, studying music and anthropology.  He had helped revive the career of Celia Cruz with his “Latin opera” Hommy in the early 70s.  And he was an accomplished santero.  None of this prevented him from being ripped off by Fania – around the time of this album, he realized that they had not been paying what they owed to him, and he sued his own label.  Needless to say they were counting down the days left in his contract to drop him, and did little to promote his records from this period.   Which is a shame because this is pretty much non-stop greatness from start to finish.  Of especial note is the folkloric-themed Cuento Carabali that works as a great grand finale here.

A1 Lo Que Esta Pasando 5:02
A2 Lo Que Dice Usted 5:05
A3 Se Cerro La Puerta 3:31
A4 Rio Rita 4:55
B1 El Jardinero Del Amor 5:05
B2 Dumdunbanza 4:01
B3 Estan Complicao 5:00
B4 Cuento Carabali 6:50

ORCHESTRA HARLOW 1976
Tony (Wampo) Jimenes – timbales and percussion
Pablo (El Indio) Rosario – bongo and guiro
Frankie Rodriguez – conga and percussion
Eddie “Gua Gua’ Rivera – bass
Julio Romero – bass
Carlos de Leon – trumpet
Ralph Castrella – trumpet
Pete Nater – trumpet
Lewis Kawhn – trombone and violen
Willie Vasquez – trombone
Junior Gonzalez – lead vocals
Larry Harlow – piano

Coro (backing vocals)
Adalberto Santiago
Yayo El Indo
Ruben Blades

Thanks to

Tito Puente – drums
Pupi Legarreta – violin and flute
Harry Max – violin
Ismael Quintana – maracas
Elliot Trandall – guitar and drums
Harry Viggiano – tres
Gene Golden – bata and shaker
Milton Cardona – bata and shaker
Cachete Maldonando – bata and shaker

Design – Ron Levine
Engineer [Rec.] – Jon Fausty
Engineer [Rec.], Mixed By, Producer, – Larry Harlow
Mixed By – Irv Greenbaum
Photography By – Lee Marshall

Notes
Released on Fania Records 1st Palm Tree label variation.
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LINEAGE: Fania Records – SLP 00499; 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; individual clicks and pops taken out with Adobe Audition 3.0 – dithered and resampled using SoX (for 96/24 and 16/44.1). Tags done with Foobar 2000 and Tag and Rename.


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5 Comments

  1. Thanks very much for this new-to-me set from Larry Harlow’s crew. Sounding good to these jaded ears…BTW, check your e-mail, I sent you a message the other day about some other music. Cheers

  2. This really is an excellent album. Cookin’ on all burners. Thank you Dr. V!

  3. DV….sent you a mail with links!

  4. Thanks for the very fine music! I didn’t know that Fania acted like a**holes in their treatment of Larry Harlow. His music was the basis for much that followed and one of his albums was the 2nd one they released.

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