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Van Lester Y Los Generales “Remastered & on Vinyl”

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Recording tags in the 1980s amplified a new tendency to record music in the studio in a more efficient way that would essentially destroy the chemistry of having the entire band present to record ‘live. To record, labels required only the best studio musicians, used by major labels (such as MP, TH, and Sony Music), for most recordings, inevitably the major cause of the lost act of the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1980s, it was not strange to see the names of the band members and a list of the musicians who make the studio recordings.

In the 1990s, it was rare to see an artist enter a recording studio with a whole band in-studio, but in 1996, vocalist Van Lester entered Sir Sound Studios to direct a “Hall of Fame” orchestra of all-stars that took a page of “Old Skool”. Imagine the atmosphere with José Mangual Jr, Milton Cardona &
Joe ‘El Profesor’ Torres (Hector Lavoe), trumpeters Héctor ‘Bomberito’ Zarzuela (Fania All Stars) & Ite Jerez, bassist Victor Venegas (Mongo Santamaria), timbalero Harry Adorno, trombones of Reinaldo Jorge Leopoldo Pineda & Lewis Kahn (the three Fania All Stars), and the choirs of Adalberto Santiago (Ray Barretto/FAS) & Nestor Sanchez (Larry Harlow). This project has been now remastered and re issued on CD and, for the first time, on a limited vinyl record format for all collectors!

What Van Lester presents us is what the music industry should return to… a great vocalist feeding off the energy that a ‘live’ band presents in the studio… all together. Witness a History Band from 1996 with current technology!

This record was produced with DMM technology by Cookita Productions in association with Cassio Records.

Nelson Rodríguez: Radio Host en Alma Del Barrio (K XLU-Los Angeles), World Salsa Radio.Com, Sabor Boricua Radio, Herencia Latina.Com Journalist/Histori-ador, Latino Unidos Record Dj/Journalist/Reviewer.

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