Picaro: Old Fashioned Cha-Cha Twist, Rhum-Exotica and others Fine Melodies
"With the overdose of options and the transience of tastes, we've moved from covering up styles in search of exclusivity, to a sometimes tiring determination to rescue minor musical tendencies. This material is -- or has been -- completely forgotten by the general consensus of the experts. It might be fitting, out of humility and passion, to ask oneself if this matter has been fair, or even if it's had any sort of importance. In the face of desires to astound and be the first in the spotlight (by throwing down big cash and following trends), there are few of us lunatics left determined to find little specks of gold among disparate songs and barren sands. Also, being honest with ourselves, we will accept that we're people who try, sometimes unsuccessfully, to avoid confusing value and price. Needless to say, we are not completely immune to this confusion but rather susceptible to it. Pícaro, the compilation that I have the honor of presenting, is a record as modest in its aims as it is ambitious in its starting point. Enjoy and discover, share and dive in among vinyl discs left to their fate in the bins of dusty second-hand stores. It is a true celebration, without rhyme or reason, of often-ignored and decisive episodes. Disheveled orchestras, twist and rock and roll, R&B and Latin soul. Every possible combination. Having finished this self-satisfied selection, I do solemnly swear on my record collection, that 'impeccable' is the only qualifier fit to describe it. Therefore, let's humbly recognize our deficiencies. Like a village idiot, let's just be ecstatic about these discoveries. We'll be tolerant and accept that they'll probably qualify us as just a few more visionaries or, gasp, much worse, hipsters. But let's not stop -- don't ever stop Don Javier, I beg you, carrying on with this madness. I can think of no more worthy way of maintaining our sanity." --Don Sicalíptico; Compiled by El Coloso de Roda. Includes liner notes in English by music expert Don Sicalíptico. Limited to 500 copies worldwide.