LOS REYES 73 - LOS REYES 73

LOS REYES 73 - LOS REYES 73

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Released: 02/08/24

Continuing the Mr Bongo Cuban Classics Series, we shine a light on Los Reyes 73 and their sensational debut LP from 1975.

The album had multiple different pressings under various titles and artworks, but the music stayed the same and speaks for itself. The group set the bar high with this fiery Afro-Cuban-funk gem, letting loose a vibrant Latin workout combining psych rock trippiness with a heavy dose of deep funk. Elements that fuse to firmly cement this album as a '70s Cuban masterpiece and one of our favourites here at Mr Bongo HQ.

Releasing just two albums and a handful of 7-inch singles, the band were a popular and influential group in Cuba at the time. Since then, they have featured on several compilation albums across the 2000s that have helped raise their profile amongst new audiences worldwide.

Produced by the magical Raul Gomez, the album featured a list of heavyweight Cuban musicians. Directed by Santiago Reyes and Ovidio Guerra, with orchestration from greats including Ricardo Eddy Martinez who also released the much-loved album 'Expreso Ritmico' in 1978 alongside Ignacio Herrera, Mario Valdes and Gilberto Garcia. The album also features the writing prowess of Los Van Van's Miguel Angel Rasalps.

Blending traditional Cuban Son aesthetics with funk infuences and psychedelic touches, the music housed within showcases a cosmic fusion that stands up on any modern dancefoor. The scintillating opener 'Grandes Amigos', the tripped out 'Adeoey' and the grooving 'Un Lamento Hecho Cancion' are just a handful of examples that exhibit the sheer musical melting pot of this album.

For this reissue, we have chosen to use the artwork from a Mexican version of the album released on Pentagrama Records that features the beautiful bird illustration cover art. The Cuban edition was released on the state-run Areito. An outstanding and wondrous Latin record that has long been calling out for an official reissue.