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World Music CD Reviews Greater Latin America

Various Artists

By Robert Kaye
Published April 27, 2007

The Greatest Salsa Ever Vol. 2

Compiled from the expansive RMM, Rodven and Fania catalogs, this CD follows in the buoyant footsteps of its predecessor, presenting some of salsa’s most venerated artists: Willie Colón, Rubén Blades, Oscar D’León, Johnny Rivera, Celia Cruz and others. Not only is this a tremendous collection of salsa that should inspire incessant dancing, the album also provides a quasi-aural history of some of the greatest music to be created by the North and South American, as well as Caribbean Hispanic culture. The album features songs from the more traditional “El Gran Varón,” by Colón, to Blades’ “Plastico,” with its Disco parody introduction. Creative arrangements, vocals with corazon, and super tight rhythm sections pervade throughout. Some of the songs are little redundant, particularly if one has heard timba, salsa’s newest incarnation. But if perpetually grooving piano montunos and bass tumbaos get you going, you’ll be in overdrive throughout most of this CD.