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El "Ray" Criollo


Download links and information about El "Ray" Criollo by Ray Barretto. This album was released in 1966 and it belongs to Latin genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 44:21 minutes.

Artist: Ray Barretto
Release date: 1966
Genre: Latin
Tracks: 11
Duration: 44:21
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No. Title Length
1. Margie 3:19
2. Salsa y Dulzura 3:47
3. Vida 3:53
4. Rareza En Guajira 3:16
5. Descarga Criolla 4:18
6. Despojate 3:19
7. Yo Soy La Candela 4:01
8. Balanceate 4:22
9. Don Lengua 5:02
10. The Shadow Of Your Smile 5:03
11. A Maracaibo 4:01



Like so many musicians living through the pivotal year of 1966, Ray Barretto was breaking through to new forms of personal expression and creative freedom. His rapid evolution is evident on El “Ray” Criollo; its title is a Spanish pun on Elvis Presley's “King Creole.” In the same way that The Beatles’ Rubber Soul blended the best aspects of their early pop career with the start of their artistic maturation, this album documents a creative transition in progress. El “Ray” Criollo blends Barretto’s past and future. The elegant strings of the rapidly fading charanga style were giving way to the hard brass that would become the driving force in Barretto’s subsequent work. Songs like “Margie,” “Salsa y Dulzura," and “Balanceate” show those differing ideas dovetailing in glorious fashion. This is also one of the first albums to refer to “salsa”; hear vocalist Willie Garcia open “Descarga Criolla” by saying “Más salsa!” From this album on, Barretto’s creative decisions would serve as a microcosm for the evolution of Puerto Rican music culture at large.