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Cult Cargo

Salsa Boricua De Chicago

Far from the twin epicenters of New York and Miami, Carlos Ruiz and his Ebirac label were both feeling and generating the aftershocks of the mid-’70s salsa boom. Holed up in their own bustling Puerto Rican community center on Chicago’s west side, these third coast salseros plied their trade outside the hot lights, cutting their teeth in city parks, VFW halls, and Holiday Inn rec rooms. Nearly 50 records survive in the wake of orquestas La Justicia, La Solucion, and Tipica Leal ’79, the most impassioned, singular moments of which are compiled here. The 15-track CD is accompanied by a 60-page perfect-bound book, crammed with photos, flyers, and notes on this vibrant salsa scene. Spread across two LPs, the deluxe vinyl edition features a bonus track, a 60-second radio spot, a 24-page album-sized booklet, and replicas of the Ebirac label’s four distinct albums, all housed in a litho-wrapped slipcase.

Track List

  1. Ebirac All-Stars Plena Matrimonial
  2. Justicia Stone Flower
  3. Juventud Tipica '78 Afro Theme
  4. Juventud Tipica '78 Ano Nuevo Y Reyes
  5. Under The Sun Orchestra Under The Sun (Instrumental Theme)
  6. Solucion A Bailar Son Montuno
  7. Tipica Leal '79 Donde Estabas
  8. Justicia Alegre Hibarito
  9. Justicia Las Frutas Del Pais
  10. Justicia Guaguanco Coroco
  11. Justicia Bwana Tambula
  12. Solucion El Gordo Y El Flaco
  13. Solucion Mini Minoso
  14. Solucion Mozambique
  15. Ebirac All-Stars Ebirac Radio Spot