Joe Bataan Call My Name
- Words: James Mayo
- Label: ESL
Originally released on the Spanish Vampi Soul imprint, the King of Latin Soul's 2005 comeback record, included in its entirety on this digital release, also gets the remix treatment from ESL's finest. Starting in the '60s, Harlem-bred Bataan merged Latin and R&B sounds to create hits like "Gypsy Woman." On his first record in 20 years, Bataan's soulful voice still sounds timeless over organ fills and Latin rhythms. Tracks like "Call My Name" indicate that the King kept his game tight while he was away raising his children and counseling juvenile offenders. The set closes with Ursula 1000's "Chevere Que Chevere" remix, a fine tribute to Bataan's early influence on hip-hop.
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