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
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!