Fania All-Stars: Ponte Duro: The Fania All Stars Story [Box]

Audio Samples

>Introduction Theme [Live at Red Garter (1968)]
>Noche [Live at Red Garter (1968)]
>Guatacando [Live at Red Garter (1968)]
>Richie's Bag [Live at Red Garter (1968)]
>Kikapoo Joy Juice [Live at Red Garter (1968)]
>If This World Were Mine [Live at Red Garter (1968)]
>Introduction Theme [Live at the Cheetah (August 1971)]
>Descarga Fania [Live at the Cheetah (August 1971)]
>Anacaona [Live at the Cheetah (August 1971)]
>Que Barbaridad [Live at the Cheetah (August 1971)]
>Quitate Tú [Live at the Cheetah (August 1971)]
>Intro
>Estrellas de Fania [Live at the Cheetah]
>Raton [Live at Coliseo Robert Clemente, San Juan, PR, El (November 1973)]
>Pueblo Latino [Live at Coliseo Robert Clemente, San Juan, PR (November 1973)]
>Soy Guajiro [Live at Coliseo Robert Clemente, San Juan, PR (November 1973)]
>Mi Gente [Live at Coliseo Robert Clemente, San Juan, PR (November 1973)]
>Que Rico Suena Mi Tambor [Live at Coliseo Robert Clemente, San Juan, PR (November 1973)]
>Hermandad Fania [Live at Yankee Stadium (August 1973)]
>Bemba Colora [Live at Coliseo Robert Clemente, San Juan, PR (November 1973)]
>Soul Makossa [Live at Coliseo Robert Clemente, San Juan, PR (November 1973)]
>Congo Bongo [Live at Yankee Stadium (August 1973)]
>Guantanamera [Live at Studio Du Hain, Zaire (1974)]
>Noche de Ronda [Live at Studio Du Hain, Zaire (1974)]
>Ponte Duro [Live at Studio Du Hain, Zaire (1974)]
>Mi Debilidad [Live in Tokyo, Japan (1976)]
>Picadillo [Live in Tokyo, Japan (1976)]
>Cucala
>Toro Mata
>Mi Gente/Barbaraso [Live at Karl Marx Theatre, Havana, Cuba (March 1979)]
>Meneame la Cuna [Live at Karl Marx Theatre, Havana, Cuba (March 1979)]
>Borinquen Tiene Montuno [Live at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, PR (June 1994)]
>Intro of Stevie Wonder [Live with Stevie Wonder] - (previously unreleased)
>Quitate Tu/Hang On Sloopy [Live with Stevie Wonder] - (previously unreleased)
>Country Girl -- City Man [Live at Red Garter Studio Overdubs (1968)]
>Red Garter Strut [Live at Red Garter Studio Overdubs (1968)]
>Viva Tirado
>Smoke
>There You Go
>Mama Güela
>Cara de Payaso
>Muchachos de Belen, Los
>Guajira Para Los Pollos
>Borinqueña, La
>Dinamita
>Back to My Roots
>Tierra No Es Pa' la Guerra, La
>Guajira con Tumbao
>Isla del Encanto
>Me Voy Pa' Moron
>Bamboleo
>Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing

Track List

>Introduction Theme [Live at Red Garter (1968)]
>Noche [Live at Red Garter (1968)]
>Guatacando [Live at Red Garter (1968)]
>Richie's Bag [Live at Red Garter (1968)]
>Kikapoo Joy Juice [Live at Red Garter (1968)]
>If This World Were Mine [Live at Red Garter (1968)]
>Introduction Theme [Live at the Cheetah (August 1971)]
>Descarga Fania [Live at the Cheetah (August 1971)]
>Anacaona [Live at the Cheetah (August 1971)]
>Que Barbaridad [Live at the Cheetah (August 1971)]
>Quitate Tú [Live at the Cheetah (August 1971)]
>Intro
>Estrellas de Fania [Live at the Cheetah]
>Raton [Live at Coliseo Robert Clemente, San Juan, PR, El (November 1973)]
>Pueblo Latino [Live at Coliseo Robert Clemente, San Juan, PR (November 1973)]
>Soy Guajiro [Live at Coliseo Robert Clemente, San Juan, PR (November 1973)]
>Mi Gente [Live at Coliseo Robert Clemente, San Juan, PR (November 1973)]
>Que Rico Suena Mi Tambor [Live at Coliseo Robert Clemente, San Juan, PR (November 1973)]
>Hermandad Fania [Live at Yankee Stadium (August 1973)]
>Bemba Colora [Live at Coliseo Robert Clemente, San Juan, PR (November 1973)]
>Soul Makossa [Live at Coliseo Robert Clemente, San Juan, PR (November 1973)]
>Congo Bongo [Live at Yankee Stadium (August 1973)]
>Guantanamera [Live at Studio Du Hain, Zaire (1974)]
>Noche de Ronda [Live at Studio Du Hain, Zaire (1974)]
>Ponte Duro [Live at Studio Du Hain, Zaire (1974)]
>Mi Debilidad [Live in Tokyo, Japan (1976)]
>Picadillo [Live in Tokyo, Japan (1976)]
>Cucala
>Toro Mata
>Mi Gente/Barbaraso [Live at Karl Marx Theatre, Havana, Cuba (March 1979)]
>Meneame la Cuna [Live at Karl Marx Theatre, Havana, Cuba (March 1979)]
>Borinquen Tiene Montuno [Live at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, PR (June 1994)]
>Intro of Stevie Wonder [Live with Stevie Wonder] - (previously unreleased)
>Quitate Tu/Hang On Sloopy [Live with Stevie Wonder] - (previously unreleased)
>Country Girl -- City Man [Live at Red Garter Studio Overdubs (1968)]
>Red Garter Strut [Live at Red Garter Studio Overdubs (1968)]
>Viva Tirado
>Smoke
>There You Go
>Mama Güela
>Cara de Payaso
>Muchachos de Belen, Los
>Guajira Para Los Pollos
>Borinqueña, La
>Dinamita
>Back to My Roots
>Tierra No Es Pa' la Guerra, La
>Guajira con Tumbao
>Isla del Encanto
>Me Voy Pa' Moron
>Bamboleo
>Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing

Album Reviews:

Billboard (p.36) - "The release guarantees a revelation for anyone unaware that the mix of styles that became known as salsa was American-born."

Album Notes

Audio Remasterer: Alex Abrash.

Liner Note Author: Rogelio Rodrigues.

Recording information: Good Vibrations Studios, NY (1968-1988); La Tierra Studios, NY (1968-1988); The SOund Factory, Hollywood, CA (1968-1988).

A gargantuan set for a gargantuan collective, Ponte Duro: The Fania All Stars Story presents a portrait of the salsa supergroup that has never been seen before -- at least not in one place. Including three discs of live material and one disc of studio material, it mirrors the scope of their long career and, although it doesn't include much that's new or unheard, it's a good way to understand the group in a single package. Expanding from New York to around the world, from San Juan and Havana to Zaire and Japan, the Fania All-Stars' live material was always the highlight of their discography, and here's it's right at the front, nearly four hours of it. Meanwhile, the non-live sides reflect their studio power, although material from their Columbia years during the late '70s was not licensed for use. (Most fans won't consider that a tragedy.) The live material from concerts in Cuba, Zaire, and Japan is rare (although all of it originally appeared on LP), so fans could just as easily pick up a couple of the best live albums for roughly the same price, but between the five hours of music and the interesting essay and priceless photos, Ponte Duro is a fine release. ~ John Bush



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