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Far from the twin epicenters of New York and Miami, Carlos Ruiz and his Ebirac label were both feeling and generating the aftershocks of the mid-’70s salsa boom. Holed up in their own bustling Puerto Rican community center on Chicago’s west side, these third coast salseros plied their trade outside the hot lights, cutting their teeth in city parks, VFW halls, and Holiday Inn rec rooms. Nearly 50 records survive in the wake of orquestas La Justicia, La Solucion, and Tipica Leal ’79, the most impassioned, singular moments of which are compiled here. The 15-track CD is accompanied by a 60-page perfect-bound book, crammed with photos, flyers, and notes on this vibrant salsa scene. Spread across two LPs, the deluxe vinyl edition features a bonus track, a 60-second radio spot, a 24-page album-sized booklet, and replicas of the Ebirac label’s four distinct albums, all housed in a litho-wrapped slipcase.
TRACK LISTEbirac All-Stars - Plena Matrimonial
Justicia - Stone Flower
Juventud Tipica ’78 - Afro Theme
Juventud Tipica ’78 - Ano Nuevo Y Reyes
Under The Sun Orchestra - Under The Sun (Instrumental Theme)
Solucion - A Bailar Son Montuno
Tipica Leal ’79 - Donde Estabas
Justicia Alegre Hibarito
Justicia Las Frutas Del Pais
Justicia Guaguanco Coroco
Justicia Bwana Tambula
Solucion El Gordo Y El Flaco
Solucion Mini Minoso
Ebirac All-Stars Ebirac Radio Spot