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"The Best Of Malo"

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track listing
  • Nena
  • Suavecito
  • Pana
  • Everlasting Night
  • Chevere
  • Love Will Survive
  • Cafe
  • Oye Mama
  • I'm For Real
  • Latin Woman
  • Moving Away
  • Close To Me
  • Dance To My Mambo
  • Merengue
  • Latin Bugaloo
  • Suavecito
    (Radio Edit Version)

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    "The Best Of Malo"

    Malo was formed by Carlos Santana's brother, Jorge. Like Carlos, Malo's music was a Latin-rock. So its obvious that listening to the music of Malo does have resemblances to the band Santana. Focusing more on the Latin rhythms, Malo's music may get more exposure with the recent popularity of such artists as Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias, likewise Latin favorites Gloria Estefan's Sound Machine, the late Selena, and another Latin-flavored artist (who recently passed away), Kirsty MacColl.

    "Nena" starts out this Best Of, as it is a very upbeat Latin flavored-song, as it resembles (more upbeat of) Carlos Santana's "Let The Children Play." The soft ballad "Suavecito" was Malo's most popular hit; there are two versions of this song, the long version, and a radio edited version. "Suavecito" is included in the Rhino's Soul Hits of the 1970s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind series. And I still say, this song was loosely sampled in Sugar Ray's "Every Morning" (the "la-la-la's").

    Returning to the Latin medium-to-fast rhythms are "Pana," "Chevere," "Love Will Survive," "Cafe," "Oye Mama" and "Merengue." -- They all have the connections of Latin Music. Impressive tune to mention: "Oye Mama" has the Gloria Estefan/Sound Machine style, as in "Conga."

    Another easy listening tune (like "Suavecito") is "Everlasting Night," as it features light strings, light vocals and electric guitar; they all stand out on this particular tune. "I'm For Real" features soft medium tempo'd latin rhythms, as it reminds me of a recent album that was reviewedon the WSVNRadio website, War's Platinum Jazz. Likewise, "Latin Woman" has a funky feel, as in War's music.

    Horn-influenced jazz can be associated with "Moving Away," having a jazz'd Latin funk flavor, that could be compared to the early Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears. 1970s Soul best describes "Close To Me," and Gloria Estefan's Sound Machine ("Conga") has the resemblance (again) on "Dance To My Mambo." Like "Nena," "Latin Bugaloo" has the same style to the early Santana.

    Latin Spanish music, Soul and Jazz music defines The Best Of Malo. For fans of Spanish music, and Carlos Santana, this best-of will be treasured. It's easy to hear the resemblances of Santana, and what would would surface 20 years later, with the revival of Latin music (Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias). Discover the upbeat Latin rhythms of Malo. With the comeback of Carlos Santana's Supernatural, maybe brother Jorge just may follow in his footsteps.

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