One might expect the GB band’s oeuvre to be that of socially-conscious protest songs. But Power Fuerza isn’t nearly so easily categorized. Stylistically, it’s a confluence of both driving and gentle sounds and sensibilities. It’s the product of teenaged Puerto Rican New Yorkers weaned on ’60s pop-song romance and lovely Beatles harmonies experimenting with traditional Latin and heavy Latin-rock rhythms, proudly declaring their nationalist allegiance while creating their own distinctly Nuyorican inner city blues. At its root it’s a celebration of life – an inspired, emotionally unguarded cache of tracks cut by the band as though turning the tide of devastation of their crumbling South Bronx surroundings could be achieved through the exuberance of their performances.Truth & Soul's DJ Akalepse has put together a lovely 17-minute mix of highlights from the super deluxe CD/LP reissue of Power Fuerza, which will feature remastered audio and an extensive 80-page liner notes booklet filled with rarely-seen photos and interviews, for you to listen to below.
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Pre-order the Ghetto Brothers' Power Fuerza from Truth & Soul today. And collectors be on the look out for a limited-edition picture-sleeve 7” of “Got This Happy Feeling” b/w “Girl From the Mountain” before the end of the month.