The Hustler

WILLIE COLóN

$28
Part of our partnership with the legendary Latin label Fania, we have the sophomore album from salsa musician Willie Colon on custard color vinyl.
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NUTRITION FACTS
Record
VMP Exclusive Pressing
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Exclusive Features
Record icon Color Custard
Other Features
Release Type Reissue
Remastering Details Remastered
Foil Stamped Yes
Numbered Yes
Mastering Studio Cohearent Audio
Mastering Engineer Kevin Gray
Pressing Location Mrp
Label Fania
BY THE NUMBERS
1LP
Format
500
Total Pressing Quantity
12
INCH
Vinyl Size
33 1/3
RPM
Speed
180
GRAM
Weight
1968
Original Release Year
DESCRIPTION

Released in 1968, 'The Hustler' was anything but ordinary. A mesmeric prototype of the salsa to come, its rejection of the previously accepted norms for Latin music begins with its album artwork, a front cover photograph of the band taken at a pool hall owned by Masucci’s father in Yonkers. As with records like Pete Rodriguez’s 'I Like It Like That' or its successor 'Oh That’s Nice!,' the guys are well-dressed. Yet the seedy setting, the chomped cigars, and sucked cigarettes, the jewelry, and the money wagers on the billiard table evoke a stereotypically menacing motif of gangsterism, far more pronounced than the subtlety of 'El Malo.' The nod to the Paul Newman film of the same name is unmistakable, to be sure, but this feels less like imitation and more like a reality check, a candidn...

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