We are so excited of presenting this epic recording from Willie Colón and Rubén Blades. It will be available on CD and digital format at Fania.com, ITunes, Amazon and your local store by June, 8th.
On the evening of March 22, 1980, Rubén Blades and Willie Colón performed a set of smoldering salsa hits at the Capitol Theatre in New Jersey . Their performance, found recently in the vaults of the Fania label, makes for one of the most transcendental concert recordings in the history of salsa.
Blades and Colón are in their prime here. Five of the seven tracks here are culled from Siembra: "Plástico," "Buscando Guayaba," "Dime," "Ojos," and, of course, "Pedro Navaja." The other two are the best known songs off Metiendo Mano, Blades' debut with Willie Colón: "Pablo Pueblo" and "Plantación Adentro."
During the '70s, Fania was notorious for assembling the most talented Latin musicians of the time under one label - and the band that accompanies Rubén on this concert is a conglomerate of legends: Salvador Cuevas on bass; "el profesor" Joe Torres on piano; Lewis Kahn, Leopoldo Pineda and José Rodrigues on trombones; and Johnny Almendra on timbales.
At the time of this recording, the partnership between Blades and Colón was blossoming. Speaking to the audience, Blades can be heard teasing Colón, asking if the song that they were playing next was "Che Che Colé" - one of the hits that the trombonist enjoyed with his other musical partner in crime, the great Héctor Lavoe.
Of the seven tracks on this CD, "Pedro Navaja" is the only one that was also included in Rubén's previous concert album. As you listen to this historic recording from the Fania vaults, you will inevitably begin to consider that perhaps the live versions of these songs are better than the original studio sessions.