Joe Bataan

Subway Joe / Nuevo Jala Jala

Fania : 455


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  • Artist: Joe Bataan
  • A Side: Subway Joe
  • B Side: Nuevo Jala Jala
  • Label: Fania
  • Format: 45s



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

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Joe's most-wanted 45 in archive condition!

The Latino enthusiastic handclaps quicken towards punching piano notes, headlong into an avalanche of blaring brass, a rippling for Joe to weave his story of his "subway journey" into. In signature "Bataan" style the narrative of course includes a pretty girl who wants his seat after a long-day.

Quite how Joe Bataan turns this unusual tale into a mountain of Latin dance, underlines this man's appetite for inspirational dance music.

An explosive cocktail of Latin horns blasting out, over male vocal group chants, with Conga pulses, Güiro, Timbale, La Marimba an aerial bombardment of trumpets make for tsunami of Latin dance for tghe rich male group vocals to harness into an unstoppable force of dance.

I'm still not sure whether the girl fell for Joe's charms, during the encounter... I hope so..

But who cares, the encounter triggered the inspiration for a leviathan of Latin expression...

The flipside is nearly as darn lively too...

Condition Report

twio clean labels, full gloss unblemished vinyl. A stunning copy archive copy.

A Side

  • Title: Subway Joe

    B Side

  • Title: Nuevo Jala Jala
  • Year: 1967
  • City: New York, N.Y.