Celebrating the timeless gems of its vast catalogue - a real treasure trove of classic Afro-Caribbean music - Fania is launching a new series of two-disc retrospectives focusing on the label's biggest names.
Our new Anthology series hand picks the most representative tracks of a given salsa star on two discs, accompanied by a booklet with rare photos and extensive liner notes in both English and Spanish. The first two releases pay tribute to the artistry of mercurial singer Héctor Lavoe and socially conscious troubadour Rubén Blades. Both of them created some of their best work in collaboration with trombonist, composer and producer Willie Colón.
The Héctor Lavoe Anthology includes all of the singer's greatest hits, as well as a significant number of key album tracks. Highlights include the epic Afro-Caribbean workouts "Periódico de Ayer" and "El Cantante," composed by Tite Curet Alonso and Rubén Blades respectively. Lavoe's throaty vocals shine on these bittersweet narratives, embellished by an orchestration featuring string ensembles - taking tropical music to unsuspected levels of pathos and sophistication. The collection also features the Fania All Stars collaboration "El Rey De La Puntualidad" and the mega-hits "Che Che Colé," "Calle Luna Calle Sol" and the Johnny Pacheco singalong "Mi Gente."
The Rubén Blades Anthology spans the first 15 years of the Panamanian master's career, focusing on the genre-defining Siembra album - for the longest time, salsa's best selling record. Showcasing Blades' eclectic personality, some of the songs find the singer collaborating with Ray Barretto ("Canto Abacuá"), the Fania All Stars (the Tito Rodríguez standard "Los Muchachos De Belén") and returning to the studio for a fascinating version of his own "El Cantante."
The Anthology series will delight salsa fans looking for definitive retrospectives of the genre's biggest names.