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I Gotta New Dance
2005 release. Vampiaddicts, your share of fresh blood is coming to you! Stuff stored in the groove catacombs and delivered to you so you can sink your teeth into it and enjoy a taste of these goods full of funk, soul, progressive rhythms and Latin sounds. Taking off with one of the El Barrio partisans, from Spanish Harlem, the genuine, undisputable King of Latin Soul, Mr. Joe Bataan is back with the title track from his first new album in 20 years, Call My Name. The Diplomats of Solid Sound deliver a good dose of Hammond power. Mary Jane Hopper and The Vibrettes are Eddie Bo protégées from the '60s, bringing you authentic New Orleans funk. Ruth Brown is a distinguished survivor from the late '50s who has undergone highs and lows, major companies, tragic personal moments, and a comeback in the late '80s. In the "occult Vampi treasures" section we find lost gems now recovered and worthy of attention, such as La Sangre Caliente or Augustine Ramirez. Exploring the Latino territories, we find one of the first Mexican bands to achieve success in the mid '70s, The Headhunters (not to be confused with the American jazz-funk band), a band founded by Frankie García, a.k.a. "Cannibal," whose "Land Of 1000 Dances" would be more successful in Mexico than the original version by Wilson Pickett. The most meaty soul and R&B are represented with contributions from Johnny Adams and Mickey Murray. This sampler also rescues forgotten names with little success in their time who are praised now by DJs, collectors and good music lovers alike. Such is the case with the likes of Sexteto Electrónico Moderno, Boris Gardiner, Maranata or Roland Mesquita. From the Latino side we also find the Peruvian band Traffic Sound, who published four albums and called it quits in 1972. We also have the unclassifiable Totem from Uruguay; and the Lat-Teens, who in 1968 made one of the first pothead hymns in music history, the successful hit "Mary Wanna" --enjoy it with a nice joint close to your lips. To finish with this showcase of sounds, we get into the boogaloo and Latin Soul territories, with big names from which rare, hard-to-find songs have been recovered: Jimmy Sabater, Cal Tjader, Coco Lagos or Johnny Colon.