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El Inspector De La Salsa – Classic 90’s Timba Track Bundle

£7.50

In mid 1990’s Habana, water was often scarce, seldom on tap all day. You

could be fairly sure, then, that the government’s printed paper seal really did guarantee the contents of your 20 Cuban peso/$1 bottle of 3 year old or aguardiente. The same could not be said for a street vendor’s or even a friend of a friend’s box of Cohibas, though what you’d find inside probably was real tobacco. When it came to music, however, finding the Inspector De La Salsa logo on the back of a new CD by a band you’d never heard of, made your pulse quicken. It became a dependable mark of quality, almost a gold standard, for a treasure in which this dilapidated, impoverished country had a virtual monopoly.
Having released NG’s first two LPs on vinyl, with several noteworthy exceptions, the oldest state label, EGREM, tended to keep its distance from the new wave in Cuban music during the 1990’s. This left the way clear for Caribe Productions, to which El Inspector belonged, to cut a path through the decade. Caribe was eventually absorbed by ARTEX subsidiary, Bis Music.
This bundle is not intended as a “best of” so much as a deeply nostalgic take on what were thrilling years. There are no fillers here but among these tracks  are some that were kept in the shade by others with a more obvious appeal. Others were overlooked in the wastefulness that often accompanies abundance. It’s my hope that this collection will open a few doors for people who missed that time, to the albums from which these tracks are taken, and beyond.
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  •     01 Nube Pasajera - La Charanga Habanera
  •     02 Ni Bombones, Ni Caramelos - Los Van Van
  •     03 El Cacharrero - Paulito FG y Su Élite
  •     04 Que Chiquitico Es El Mundo - Tamayo y Su Salsa AM
  •     05 Lo Perdiste Todo - Valentín y Su Grupo
  •     06 ¡Qué Sorpresa! - Los Van Van (Live)
  •     07 Dime Que Te Quedarás - La Charanga Habanera
  •     08 El Que Esté Que Tumbe - Manolín, El Médico De La Salsa
  •     09 El Baile Chino - NG La Banda (live)
  •     10 Tumba Tumba - Charanga Forever
  •     11 Allá Va Eso - Danny Lozada y Su Timba Cubana

01 Nube Pasajera – La Charanga Habanera

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02 Ni Bombones, Ni Caramelos – Los Van Van

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03 El Cacharrero – Paulito FG y Su Élite

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04 Que Chiquitico Es El Mundo – Tamayo y Su Salsa AM

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05 Lo Perdiste Todo – Valentín y Su Grupo

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06 ¡Qué Sorpresa! – Los Van Van (live)

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07 Dime Que Te Quedarás – La Charanga Habanera

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08 El Que Esté Que Tumbe – Manolín El Médico De la Salsa

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09 El Baile Chino – NG La Banda (live)

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10 Tumba Tumba – Charanga Forever

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11 Allá Va Eso – Danny Lozada y Su Timba Cubana

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