Down the Docks

January 11, 2006

The Worst Salsa CD in the World … Ever!

Filed under: Music, Salsa — ealing @ 3:17 am

The worst salsa CD I’ve ever come across is Salsa Sensation by the BBC Big Band Salsa All Stars. It is dross, an abomination, and an abuse of the word ‘salsa’.

After Pérez Prado, the next most Latin name is Jobim, the Brazilian bossa nova chappy. The first two tracks are Mambo No. 5 with Lou Bega’s lyrics, and Brazil, with no lyrics. The percussion is limp throughout, giving a boringly simple rhythm, and the vocals are cheesy in the extreme. The horn section is merely very bad. Most of the tracks are not obvious candidates for salsa arrangements, and have not been arranged with any skill.

It’s tacky throughout, and I don’t recognise it as salsa music. The horrific thing is that this might be some poor people’s idea of what salsa is.

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