Wednesday, March 17, 2010

LP covers - Irakere - 1978

I first started listening to Irakere
via short wave radio in New Orleans in 1973,
but my first two vinyl LP's were
these two on the Mexican 'Ariola' lable
from 1978. They were licensed by Egrem.
They both had 'stickers' on the front that said:
"La Autentica Salsa"... but when I peeled away
one of them to see what it originally said underneath...
it says: "La Sensacion Moderna Cubana".

Great photos of the band, with my favorite
Conguero, the late Jorge "El Niño" Alfonso
looking very happy. (he later committed suicide)

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