The Best of Malo

The Best of Malo

by Malo


The single-disc compilation The Best of Malo covers the brief recording career of a great Latin rock band. Grabbing tracks from a two-year period (which encompassed four albums), the disc sounds all of a piece, a mix of torrid salsa rockers from the band's first two albums with the soft balladry it often dipped into during its time together. The disc begins perfectly, with the smart, brassy, kinetic "Nena," boasting extended solos for Roy Murray on trombone, Jorge Santana on guitar, and Richard Kermode on keyboards. It's actually a better song than the band's only chart hit, "Suavecito," which is just as smooth a piece of summer-day Latin soul as the title indicates, though it doesn't pose much of a challenge to one of Latin rock's finest groups. Almost three-fourths of Malo's first two albums are collected here, along with about half from the last two. A pair of wise additions are the intense Latin workouts "Merengue" and "Dance to My Mambo," both from 1973's Evolution, as well as the deep Santana groove of "Cafe." Though Malo's debut album is still a can't-miss for fans of Latin rock, this compilation does little wrong too.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/11/1992
Label: Gnp Crescendo
UPC: 0052824220522
catalogNumber: 2205

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Malo   Primary Artist
Hadley Caliman   Flute,Saxophone
Luis Gasca   Trumpet
Jorge Santana   Guitar
Coke Escovedo   Timbales
Francisco Aguabella   Percussion,Background Vocals
Bill Atwood   Flute,Saxophone
Richard Bean   Timbales,Vocals
Forrest Buchtel   Trumpet
Ron Demasi   Conga
Carlos Federico   Conga
Michael Fugate   Flute,Saxophone
Willie G   Vocals
Richard Kermode   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano
Roy Murray   Flute,Trombone,Trumpet,Soprano Saxophone
Victor Pantoja   Bongos,Conga
Tom Poole   Flute,Saxophone
Rick Quintanal   Drums
Raul Rekow   Conga
Alex Rodriguez   Flute,Saxophone
Leo Rosales   Vocals
Jose Santana   Violin
Steve Sherard   Trombone,Vocals
Ron Smith   Flute,Saxophone
Tony Smith   Trombone,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Richard Spremich   Trombone,Vocals
Pablo Tellez   Bass
Zulaica   Keyboards
George Bermudez   Bongos,Timbales
Arcello Garcia   Vocals
Luis lasca   Trumpet
Nick Mendez   Bongos,Timbales
Abel Zarate   Guitar,Vocals
Alex Rodriquez   Flute,Saxophone
Bobby Ramirez   Trombone,Vocals
Mike Heathman   Trombone

Technical Credits

Mark Banning   Art Direction
Fred Catero   Engineer
David Rubinson   Producer,Engineer
Pablo Tellez   Arranger
Jeremy Zatkin   Engineer
Abel Zarate   Arranger

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