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Siembra album cover
Buscando Guayaba
Pedro Navaja
Maria Lionza
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Total Tracks: 7   Total Length: 42:40

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Willie Colon/Ruben Blades, Siembra
Label: Emusica Records, LLC / V2 Records

The great Willie Colon. If Willie Colon (with Ruben Blades) was the Beatles of salsa, this record is the genre's Abbey Road. As my Smithsonian salsa history quotes someone as saying, this is "the biggest selling salsa record in history" (Faces of Salsa, p.85). What if the most important New York pop music after rock & roll is not hip-hop or the Ramones but the sort of thing exemplified by El Malo? If only WXRT… read more »

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Social & Political album of the 70


Even today it is one of the favorite albums of many Salseros in Puerto Rico, N.Y., Panama and the rest of Latin America. Controversial with the owner of FANIA records because the songs were to long, when it hit the street, whoooaaaa A#1. Controversial socially, Ruben Blades tries to wake the latinos up from the vanity lifestyle with “Plastico”, street story of crime and what happens in a moment notice with “Pedro Navaja” love story of looking for a girl in “Buscando Guayaba” and how to live LIFE the right way with “Siembra”. I still have my vinyl copy. If you like salsa or latin music, I recommend it for your collection.

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Great album


Pick this one up. A great groove from Colon and Blades grabs you from the beginning of "Plastico" and holds on for the duration. Good music!

They Say All Music Guide

The high point of Willie Colón’s ongoing collaboration with Rubén Blades (and close to a career peak for both artists), Siembra exploded on the salsa scene in 1978 and has never been forgotten by fans. Beginning with a minute of playfully deceptive quasi-disco arrangements, Colón and his band slip into a devastating salsa groove for the opener, “Plástico,” on which Blades first criticizes America’s throwaway society and then brings all of Latin America together with a call to unity. Blades wrote all but one of the songs on Siembra, and shines on all of them; his extended high-tenor salsa scatting lifts “Buscando Guayaba,” his tender side comes across on the love song “Dime,” and he outlines a devastating life-in-el-Barrio exposé with “Pedro Navaja” (“Peter the Knife”). For the latter, Colón and Luis Ortiz’s tight arrangement adds immeasurably to the song, using street noise and sirens, breaking into an ironic “I like to live in America!,” and punching the statement home with a four-trombone line. Reflecting the tough times but optimistic attitude of el Barrio during the late ’70s, Siembra joined Cosa Nuestra as one of Willie Colón’s career landmarks. – John Bush

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