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Hard Hands


Download links and information about Hard Hands by Ray Barretto. This album was released in 1968 and it belongs to Salsa, Latin genres. It contains 9 tracks with total duration of 35:30 minutes.

Artist: Ray Barretto
Release date: 1968
Genre: Salsa, Latin
Tracks: 9
Duration: 35:30
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No. Title Length
1. Hard Hands 2:29
2. Abidjan 4:51
3. Love Beads 2:45
4. Mi Ritmo Te Llama 4:56
5. Got to Have You 2:28
6. Son Con Cuero 5:15
7. Mirame de Frente 4:23
8. New York Soul 2:43
9. Ahora Si 5:40



Ray Barretto stayed on the cutting edge of Latin music with 1968’s Hard Hands, titled after a nickname a fan gave Barretto after the veteran conguero tapped him on the shoulder. Basically, the album is split between Latin-infused R&B and interpretations of deep Afro-Cuban rhythms. Barretto made no concessions to a mainstream white audience. This was music by Nuyoricans for Nuyoricans, and its arrival was heralded across the street corners and ballrooms of Harlem and the Bronx in the late '60s. “Hard Hands,” “Got to Have You," and “New York Soul” remain impressively rugged, and each could fit easily alongside Otis Redding’s songs from the same period. However, it was with the Afro-Cuban songs that Barretto really left his mark. Named after the Ivory Coast city, “Abidjan” is built upon a resolute bass line from Bobby Valentin; it opens up to terrific solos from timbalero Orestes Vilato. If that song proves Barretto’s interest in undiluted musical traditions, the closer “Ahora Si” is a reminder of “Hard Hands” Barretto’s gentle, even vulnerable, touch.