Juan Formell y Los Van Van – Vol. III (1974)

Juan Formell & Los Van Van
Juan Formel & Los Van Van (Vol. III)
Label: Egrem – CD 0128
Series: Coleccion Juan Formell Y Los Van Van – Vol. III
Format: CD, Album, Reissue, Special Edition
Cuba, 1995
Genre: Latin, Funk / Soul
Style: Funk, Son, Salsa, Cubano

Well, dear friends, I had planned to post something special for my birthday, which was two weeks ago, but being the notorious party animal that I am, time went out the window as I left a trail of havoc and destruction in my wake.  Actually, I spent the night alone, mildly intoxicated, and rewatching episodes of Flight of the Conchords.  In any event, not as if a record by Los Van Van isn’t special (I haven’t heard a bad one yet), but this was not the post I had planned to do.  It’s a lovely record and sounds like it could have been recorded at the same sessions as their other release from 1974.  It opens with a piece (Llegué Llegue / Guararey de Pastora)  that could maybe have been inspired by Fela Kuti.  Another tune (De Todo Lo Mejor) reminds me of chansón.  Both are real possibilities with someone as forward-thinking at Juan Formell.  Lots of Vox and/or Farfisa organ all over the place too. The album may not have any monster earworms like Chirrin Chirran from their previous release (though Sera Tan Grande El Amor comes very close), but it’s no slouch either!

1. Llegué, Llegué / Guararey De Pastora
2 De Todo Lo Mejor / Después De Todo Qué Más Da
3 Mi Ritmo Caliente
4 Solo Soy Un Van Van
5 Sera Tan Grande El Amor
6 A Ver Que Sale
7 Pues No Puede Ser
8 Y No Le Conviene
9 Hasta La Semana Que Viene

CD Credits:

Recorded At – Estudios EGREM
Arranged By, Written-By, Music Director – Juan Formell
Liner Notes – Germán Piniella
Producer – Juan Pablo Torres
Recorded By – Antonio López Alonso

Guararey De Pastora Written by Pedro Speek

LP Credits:

Recorded At – Estudios EGREM
Record Company – Empresa De Grabaciones Y Ediciones Musicales (Egrem)

Design – Pablo Labañino
Directed By, Arranged By, Written-By, Liner Notes – Juan Formell
Liner Notes – Germán Piniella
Orchestra – Orquesta Los Van Van
Photography By – Oscar Pérez, René Hedman
Producer – Juan Pablo Torres
Realization – Victor Manuel Navarrete
Recorded By – Antonio López Alonso

Estudios de Grabación: EGREM, Habana, Cuba.


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  1. Thank you Dr V! I enjoyed the other Fornell offerings as well.

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