Joe Bataan - Subway Joe / Gypsy Woman [2001] [FLAC]

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Artist: Joe Bataan
Release: Subway Joe / Gypsy Woman
Discogs: 1668868
Released: 2001
Label: Nascente
Catalog#: NSBTB 005
Format: FLAC / Lossless / Log (100%) / Cue / CD, Compilation
Country: UK
Style: Latin, Boogaloo, Afro-Cuban, Salsa

Tracklisting:

Subway Joe (1968, Fania Records)
01. Subway Joe (2:57)
02. Juanito (5:36)
03. Mujer Mia (5:54)
04. Nuevo Jala Jala (5:00)
05. Special Girl (2:51)
06. Ponte En Algo (5:22)
07. Triste (4:01)
08. Magic Rose (4:01)

Gipsy Woman (1967, Fania Records)
09. Gypsy Woman (2:30)
10. So Fine (3:05)
11. Fuego (6:28)
12. Campesino (3:44)
13. Chickie's Trombone (2:37)
14. Too Much Lovin' (2:35)
15. Sugar Guaquanco (3:55)
16. Figaro (3:57)
17. Ordinary Guy (3:20)

Subway Joe/Gypsy Woman album by Joe Bataan was released Jan 01, 2004 on the Nascente label. This U.K. reissue is a compilation of two out-of-print albums from Joe Bataan, who has been called "The King of Latin Soul." The albums on this reissue are 1969's SUBWAY JOE and 1968's GYPSY WOMAN. UK compilation, part of Nascente's 'Back2back' series combines two of the originator of the New York Latin Soul style's albums together on one CD, Subway Joe (1969) & Gypsy Woman (1968).17 tracks including, 'Juanito', 'Mujer Mia', 'So Fine', and 'Sugar Guaguanco'. . Subway Joe/Gypsy Woman CD music contains a single disc with 17 songs.

Singer/pianist Bataan was one of the shooting stars of Latin-soul, that moment when the bugalú and the jala jala made it look as though a bilingual, Afro-Latin New Yorican sound might be here to stay. The title cut was one of the hits of the time, but this 1969 release attested that there was more to Bataan than one hit even though he never really got the chance to prove it.

No recording artist has more impeccable street credentials than Joe Bataan, the originator of the New York Latin soul style that paralleled Latin boogaloo and anticipated disco. His musical experience began with street corner doo wop in the 1950s, and came to include one of the first rap records to hit the charts, 1979's "Rap-O, Clap-O." In between these milestones, he recorded classic albums like Saint Latin's Day Massacre, a perennial favorite in the salsa market, Salsoul, which gave the record label its name and helped spark the national explosion of urban dance music, and Afrofilipino, which included one of the very earliest New York disco hits, an instrumental version of Gil Scott-Heron's "The Bottle."

Born Peter Nitollano, of African-American/Filipino parents, Joe Bataan grew up in Spanish Harlem, where he ran with Puerto Rican gangs and absorbed R&B, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Rican musical influences. His music career followed a pair of stints in Coxsackie State Prison. Self-taught on the piano, he organized his first band in 1965 and scored his first recording success in 1967 with "Gypsy Woman" on Fania Records. The tune was a hit with the New York Latin market despite its English lyrics sung by Bataan, and exemplified the nascent Latin soul sound. In early anticipation of the disco formula, "Gypsy Woman" created dance energy by alternating what was fundamentally a pop-soul tune with a break featuring double-timed handclaps. Bataan would take this tendency even further on his influential Salsoul, which fused funk and Latin influences in slick yet soulful orchestrations. Salsoul remains influential as a rare groove cult item, and pointed to the future at the time of its release. The LP embodied the artist's highly deliberate and culturally aware musical concept. Bataan theorized the '70s next big thing as a hybrid: an Afro Cuban rhythm section playing Brazilian influenced patterns over orchestral funk. In many ways, his vision was on the money, though most of the money would go to others and mainstream stardom would elude him. He did, however, get in on the ground floor of the new trend as an early hitmaker. His biggest commercial move was a Salsoul production released under the Epic umbrella, and promoted to the new disco market as Afrofilipino, which included 1975's "The Bottle," a much-anthologized classic that drives an R&B horn arrangement with a relentless piano montuno.
Always in touch with the street, Joe Bataan picked up on rap very early in the game. His minor rap hit, "Rap-O, Clap-O" was a bit more successful in Europe than in the States, and is remembered as rap's debut in the European market. Nevertheless, his legacy remains his gritty and realistic Latin soul lyrics, his self-identification as an "Ordinary Guy", and his highly personal and prophetic merger of Latin and soul influences.
 
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