Fania All Stars Spanish Fever on LP
Right from start, Fania Records and its subsidiaries exceeded everybody’s expectations. The label was created in 1964. It penetrated the market so successfully and became so popular at the international level that its executives decided to broaden its talent in order to reach an even wider audience. The result? The wildly successful Fania All Stars, a group that brought together several of the label’s most popular artists. This move would further solidify the label’s standing in the international music scene.
The concept itself sounds hopelessly naive: expecting the greatest singers, instrumentalists and bandleaders of an entire genre to leave all egos aside and collaborate harmoniously in the creation of a swinging mega-band. Sometimes, however, miracles happen. The Fania All Stars did become a reality, and everyone involved had a grand time recording and touring the world together.
The collective's fourth studio album, 1978's Spanish Fever, was recorded during the Fania All Stars' crossover period for Columbia Records where producer Jay Chattaway targeted a wider market. Featuring a line-up of Bobby Valentin, Ismael Miranda, Johnny Pacheco, Johnny Rodriguez, Louie Ramirez, Louis "Perico" Ortiz, Nicky Marrero, Papo Lucca, Roberto Roena and Ruben Blades and guest soloists like David Sanborn, Eric Gale, Hubert Laws, Jay Berliner, Joe Caro, Maynard Ferguson, Patti Austin, Randy Brecker.
Fania All Stars Spanish Fever Track Listing:
1. Spanish Fever
2. Que Pasa?
3. Space Machine (Ride, Ride, Ride)
4. Your Sereneness
5. Coro Miyare
7. Te Pareces A Judas
8. Sin Tu Carino