Aniceto Y Sus Fabulosos – La Movedora/ Cholita Llorona

img_6587An energetic wah-wah effect flavored song, La Movedora, as the name implies will definitely get a dance floor moving. Around the 2 minute mark things get extra nice when the bass drops a nice line, to which Aniceto begins to solo a bit over before the group triumphantly congeals for the main theme one last time. The gem on this disc however is the B side Cholita Llorona which again makes effective use of the wah pedal. This minor-key song has a bit more interesting guitar work that really shows Aniceto’s ability to play with the quickness it also allows him to solo a bit which is always nice from this talented guitarist. This is a relatively easy to find (and inexpensive disc) which I’d recommend picking up.

Aniceto Y Sus Fabulosos – Carmelita/Negrita Mia

img_6586Beginning out with an almost “hit-the-road-jack” intro the song builds to it’s actual theme which invokes Andean scales and rings of a Peruvian cumbia in perhaps the truest embodiment. This makes sense, as it is one of the first (only?) releases Aniceto cut for Infopesa after Alberto Maravi moved his artists he had signed to DINSA to his new label (Infopesa focused primarily on indigenous sounds). Negrita Mia is a vocal tune, if you’re a purest for instrumental cumbias like me, this will detract from the desirability of this 45, and again I think this may have something to do with the change over to Infopesa. It’s not a bad song, and has some nice guitar work, but is not personally what I’m after.

Aniceto Y Sus Fabulosos – Concierto Fabuloso/Morena Y Rebelde

img_6585A 60’s -invoking chorus of “ahhhs” and “oohhhs” starts out this rather weak cut which then proceeds to an oft repeated lack luster guitar riff over precussion before hitting on a guitar breakdown only to have the cycle repeat back with the “ahhs.” The B sides Morena Y Rebelde (Morena and rebellious!)  is definitely a breath of fresh air after the A side’s twee monotony, however Aniceto has cut better 45s.

Acosta Y Su Guitarra – Cascabelito/Pistaco

img_6584A cascabel is a jingle bell, so cascabelito is the tiny jingle bell. Can’t say I hear much by the way of jingle bell percussion on Cascabelito, however it has an undeniably tropical sound. Rolling guitar riffs underscored by crisp percussive fills. For my taste, however the prize on this 45 is the B side Pistaco. Not sure if this is a spelling error, but a Pishtaco is a creature of Andean lore that feeds off of people’s fat/blood, much like a vampire. And the B side is as monstrously good as you’d hope. Starting off slow, the quickening strumming, gives way to an onslaught of percussion before Acosta rips into an almost Spanish-sounding guitar riff at a break neck pace.  This gives way to a descarga style guitar riff punctuated by a call and response with the percussion section. Highly recommended.