Grupo Magnético – Positivo
- Athens Of The North
- AOTNLP 020
- EU - Original
Hard-hitting latin-tinged super-group Grupo Magnético formed from backgrounds in funk, hi p-hop, punk and soul, united by a love of Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, F ania and classic New York salsa. Working with legendary musicians from Cuba, Venezuela and America (who had played and recorded with many of the nam es who'd originally inspired the group), the circle was complete as the album wa s mixed in New York by Grammy winning latin producer Aaron Levinson. Downtown Edinburgh, Scotland. In a hot and sweaty basement bar below a Chinese restaurant, an unlikely band of musicians are playing hard-hitting salsa to an ecstatic crowd. Grupo Magnético came together from backgrounds of funk, hip-hop, punk and soul, bonding over a shared obsession with New York salsa. Learning classic tunes from the masters - Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Fania Allstars, Ray Barretto, Típica 73 and any other great salsa records they could get their ears on - they finally took to that basement stage in Henry's Cellar Bar one Thursday night to pay homage to their heroes, and continu ed to do so in what became a ten year residency. During this time the band played under various lineups and names including Rumba Caliente and Los Cometas befo re finally settling on Grupo Magnético. As the band's reputation grew they were fortunate to work with a rich collection of singers including Ricardo FernandezPompa from Cuba, Lino Rocha from Venezuela and musicians such as New Yor k trombonist Joe De Jesus, who had played and recorded with many of the
legendary names that had inspired them. Over time the group, led by Toby "El León" Shippey, developed their own set and sound. Positivo is a record of these tunes and of those Thursday nights. The tunes were cut live as a band in three sessions using downtime in a local stu dio; tracks from the first session were met with such a positive reaction from New York and Colombia the band were encouraged to make a full album. These thr ee sessions were then mixed in New York by Grammy award winning producer Aaron Levinson.
|A1.||Vulcano V El Gato (Medley)|
|A2.||Papa Was a Rolling Stone|
|A4.||Te Lo Digo Yo|
|B2.||Bailalo Y Maevelo|
|B3.||The Sun from Above|
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