Los Ruffinos- Para Ritmo

Keeping it Latin this week with this record I got for a dollar.  Not sure why I bought it other than to  roll the dice and see what I could come up with.  The title translates to For Rhythm. 3 years of writing this blog and I still struggle spelling that word  (rhythm that is).

Los Ruffinos were from Cuba and appear to be a combination of female and male duos.  Apparently, the group was consisted of Mercedes VillaVerde, her husband Ignacio Ruffino, and their children, Carlos and Julie. On closer inspection of the album cover, the resemblance is uncanny They were popular in the 50’s and faded away around the 70’s.  It looks like they released around a handful of records as well as singles. Julie passed in 1987.  Two years later Mercedes past as well. I am assuming that Ignacio has also passed.

Web Page with a brief history in spanish

I am not sure when this came out.  My guess is the 50’s.  It was released on the Tropical Label.  Pretty standard vocal stuff.  A bit dated but I guess it is alright.  For a record I am sort of less than jazzed about, I actually picked a lot of songs as candidates for a sample.

I liked “Mienteme”, Si Y No”, and “Triana Morena” but ultimately went with “Syboney” as I have posted instrumental versions several times on this blog.

I really can’t say that I liked a bunch of the songs and call this album meh despite being a bit more subdued than I was hoping. Plus after learning their back story, I gained a but more appreciation for the group.  Besides, it was only a buck.  So satisfactory.

Trio Los Peregrinos- Encore

DSCN4521This was $2.40.  I haphazardly selected it to play on Cinco De Mayo without really reading the back cover.  As a result, I totally realize it is very insulting to pass something that is Guatemalan/Bolivian off as Mexican so that is not the intent.  Next year, I will try a bit harder to get some Mexican content on May 5th.  According to the writing on the album which I assume is from the previous owner, this record is “Good”.18_%20L_Gatica%20y%20Trío%20Los%20Peregrinos_%20Ecran%201160,%2014-4-1953(3)

Other than the back cover and some Chilean web pages Google-translated into broken English, getting information on the Trio Los Peregrinos was tough.  So this is what I came up with and it may not be all factually correct.  I believe Trio Los Peregrinos (translated into the Three Pilgrims) was formed in Chile around 1953 as a backing band to Bolivian crooner Raul Shaw Moreno, who found success in Chile.

As time went by the Chilean members of the trio left and were replaced by Mario Barrios and Hugo Encianas, both from La Paz, Bolivia.  At some time, Moreno (who was more popular than Frank Sinatra in Chile) abandoned the group and became a soloist.  One webpage suggests a disagreement with his brother caused this.  Anyway, the Trio went on its own, adding Harold Mendoza from Guatemala. According to the back cover, the band has won many awards all over Latin America, including Gold Records in Chile and a Golden Palm Award at the 1967 International Festival for Song and Dance.

DSCN4522This album was their American debut and I believe it is a repackaging of some of their earlier recorded hits.  It is quite a collection of South American tunes.  Folk songs on this album come from Boliva, Guatemala, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Spain, and California.  The songs are a good mix of folk styles including tangos, boleros, and cha-cha-chas.Los Peregrinos

For a sample, I went with the Guatemalan tune “Perdacito De Mujar” which Google translates into “A Little Bit of Women”.  It is the fastest number on the album.

Satisfactory record.

The Mexicali Brass- Michelle

DSCN3619This was a dollar I believe.  You can’t go wrong with a good looking female on your cover.

This was released in 1966 by the Mexicali Brass band, Crown Records’ (a budget label) response to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.  Note that The Beatles’ “Michelle” is the only new song on the album.  The rest are from the public domain to cut costs.  I am assuming Chet Baker is not on this or they would have plastered his name on the cover like the  Brass album I posted earlier. Overall the songs are pretty good. Songs such as “Sorrento”, “Estrellita” and “Senorita” add to the album’s mood. I found this album to be okay.DSCN3620

For a sample, I went with the title track, “Michelle”.

Satisfactory record.