MIAMI, April 8 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Fania Records releases San Juan 73.
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Tuesday, April 14th marks the release of the Fania All Stars’ live album, San Juan 73. The discovery of this complete yet never-released album in Fania’s vaults was among the most exciting finds since the company began sifting through the treasures contained therein. San Juan 73 is the live recording of the Fania All Stars’ concert that inaugurated the Roberto Clemente coliseum in Puerto Rico in 1973. That night, Hector Lavoe, Cheo Feliciano, Celia Cruz, Bobby Cruz, Ismael Miranda, Ismael Quintana, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, Santos Colon and Justo Betancourt got together on one stage for an unforgettable performance. A complete success, the concert sold-out with over two thousand people left outside, and in many ways positioned the group for future success. Promoter, Rafael Viera recalls, “It was the beginning of something that to this day, has not be surpassed by anything in Latin Music. The Fania All Stars became a religion. Every radio station played the music, everyone danced to the sounds of ‘Quitate Tu’ and ‘Estrellas De Fania.'”
The San Juan concert as well as the riot-causing concert at New York’s Yankee Stadium was both recorded. Because Yankee Stadium was filmed as the centerpiece for Salsa, the film Masucci was then making, he felt that Live At The Yankee Stadium was strategically the best album to release. “That the San Juan concert was ever recorded was soon forgotten and the tapes were put into deep storage, untouched for over 30 years. However when I was searching the Fania archive, I stumbled across most of them,” says A&R Specialist Dean Rudland. San Juan 73 takes the listener back in time lending the chance to hear the music much as it would have sounded the day of the performance – giving insight into how the Fania All Stars became the most famous salsa group of them all.
About Fania Records
Fania Records is the leading catalog of tropical music in existence and is a part of Emusica Records, LLC. Fania’s catalog includes landmark recordings by virtually every luminary of the genre including Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, Hector Lavoe, Willie Colon, Johnny Pacheco, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barretto and Larry Harlow among many others. For more information visit www.fania.com
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