Ralfi Pagan – Ralfi Pagan

Get On Down
GET59005-LP / LP 377

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Latin / Salsa / Bossanova + Beat Art + Black Grooves + Soul + Funk + Jazz + Rock / Indie + Blues / Songwriter + Exotic Grooves + Pop & Various + Pop
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Ralfi Pagan - Ralfi Pagan
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Considered by many as "the Motown of salsa," Fania Records is probably the most  transcendental label in the history of Latin music. By bringing together the eclectic  vision of Dominican bandleader Johnny Pacheco with the business savvy of  impresario Jerry Masucci, Fania created a sound: the apex of tropical music,  combined with the swing of big band jazz and the gritty vibe of American R&B. The  label provided an artistic heaven for a young generation of musicians who were  inspired to experiment with new musical formats. The albums recorded by Willie  Colón, Héctor Lavoe, Rubén Blades and Eddie Palmieri from the early '70s to the  mid-'80s went beyond the parameters of so-called "salsa" - taking Latin music to  unsuspected levels of sophistication. 

When you think Latin soul you relate to a mélange of R&B and mambo rhythms  intermixed culturally by and for the youth of America. It was 1974, and a brash  youngster by the name of Ralfi Pagan walked into the offices of Fania Records and  demanded to be heard. Fania President Jerry Masucci allowed Ralfi that opportunity,  and Ralfi auditioned for Jerry right there in his office. It took only a few moments for  Masucci to realize that he was in the company of his newest recording artist; he put  Ralfi in touch with recording director, Johnny Pacheco, who hurried him into the  recording studio for Ralfi’s first Fania recording session. 

A little James Brown mixed-in with Hector Lavoe. Inside, a heart full of Latin soul. The  Latin voice of New York City: Ralfi Pagán was the young man behind some of the  grooviest Latin fusion albums ever to be put down on vinyl. His early seventies Fania  recordings stand out as consummate examples of Latin soul at its very peak. To  paraphrase the name of Ralfi ‘s signature song, his sound was pure Latin soul.

Very few artists posses the natural talent to dominate the music from two different  cultures but Ralfi Pagán was not an average singer. Gifted and open minded, Ralfi was  always hip to the music that made his Manhattan the cultural melting pot of the  seventies. On songs like the hot Latin soul and the fantastic El Hijo de Mama, Ralfi  swings freely from raw R&B, to straight-up salsa. Always giving his R&B that precious  Nuyorican flavor, Ralfi was known as Fania’s go-to man when it came to time for that  funky Latin soul vibe. 

Ralfi’s albums were lovingly produced by Fania’s co-founder, the eminent Johnny  Pacheco and featured the best R&B and Latin music players in New York City. 

Ralfi was one of the few artists that had the vocal gift to conjure the stylistic leanings  of Curtis Mayfield and combine them with the raw barrio energy of Hector Lavoe. Now  remembered for his sweet falsetto, Pagán’s voice remains one of the most cherished  treasures in the history of Latin popular music. Regrettably, Ralfi is no longer with us,  but it is our good fortune that he has left us a wealth of fine music for our enjoyment  and consumption; a mixture of Latin soul classic ballads for romancin’ and an  assortment of up-tempo jams for partyin’ down.

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A1. Who Is The Girl For MeJerry Masucci02:30
A2. Don't Stop NowJerry Masucci03:09
A3. Latin SoulJerry Masucci02:50
A4. Sere Para TiJerry Masucci02:16
A5. Ain't No Big ThingJerry Masucci02:03
B1. El Hijo De MamaJerry Masucci02:50
B2. PelaoJerry Masucci02:25
B3. NegritaJerry Masucci02:25
B4. Tipa QuemaJerry Masucci02:49
B5. No Soy De TiJerry Masucci02:38
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