100% Azucar: The Best of Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera

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Queen of salsa Celia Cruz was royalty long before the music was even called that. 100% Azucar collects 19 tracks from her ’50s and ’60s output on the Seeco label. Smoking even at medium tempos, the disc is full of the hot mambo rhythms of the Sonora Matancera band and the full-throttle vocals of “la incomparable Celia.” Included are both sides of one of her first singles, “Ritmo, Tambo y Flores”/”Elegua Quiere Tambo,” along with other unstoppable body-rockers such as “Oye Mi Rumba” and “Mi Soncito.” Informed, fascinating liner notes and reproductions of beautiful vintage album covers complete this prime package. –Rickey Wright

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