Antonio Castro

W.E.L.F.A.R.E. / Why Can't I Have You

United International : U.I.1001

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  • Artist: Antonio Castro
  • A Side: W.E.L.F.A.R.E.
  • B Side: Why Can't I Have You
  • Label: United International
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: M-
  • Label Condition: M-
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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Reflective social comment, woven into an addictive jazzy, funky, two-step groove; sprinkled with an inviting Latin influence administered by Ray Rivera .

New York resident Antonio Castro is better known to Northern Soul scholars as Tony Amaro who's release on Loma "Runnin' Around" still hasn't today, reached the audience it has long, so deserved. Moving on just 4 years Antonio's music has regenerated into Latin flavoured jazz, together with New York Jazz exponents James Taylor & Alan Fontaine form a team of accomplished musicians headed up by Latin guru Ray Rivera.

1971 was the year Soul music began to prick the urban conscience of the USA, with social comment of the "black" struggle within a sense of hopelessness. Antonio Castro's line " Instead Of Getting Ahead, I keep Falling Behind" underlines his mood, as the gathering draw heavily from Marvin Gaye's genius "What's Going On" album, like so many did in that year of "protest awareness".

Castro's vocal is a perfect fit for the Jazz/Latin alchemy stirring in the background; simplistic piano rhythms, skilled guitar riffs "My Woman and Me Fight So Hard" slides toward a fabulous guitar break as Antonio's voice soars high and beyond... as he draws this magnificent mid-tempo masterpiece to a close..

leaving the listener and the dancer feeling a whole lot better than they did 3 minutes earlier... but has left the serious collectors in frustration, as acquiring the original press vinyl, have always been such a exasperating challenge..

Super rare - super addictive - 70's 45.

Condition Report

Two totally clean label, vinyl reveals only a couple of soft hairlines, plays flawless

A Side

  • Title: W.E.L.F.A.R.E.

    B Side

  • Title: Why Can't I Have You
  • Year: 1971
  • City: New York, N.Y.