Eddie Gomez – Caribbean Rendezvous
This album would be a perfectly OK record of mambos & cha chas but for one thing. It was released on Crown, yuck. As is reasonably common knowledge, most of Crown’s records sounded G+ to VG- even before they had been played, their pressings are that low quality. This album is no different unfortunately, looks VG+, plays to a solid G. Also Crown covers were horrible too & almost always came apart at the seams for some (if not the whole) way around. Musically this LP isn’t all bad, a good mix of vocal & instrumental mambos, cha chas & calypsos at a range of tempos. I haven’t bothered looking into Eddie Gomez at all, the liner notes state that he was Puerto Rican & had sung with Noro Morales & appeared in theatres all over the world. So either he was moderately famous or someone has employed some choice hyperbole. Crown had something to do with the Bihari’s (Modern), but was definitely the budget label of that family. Production credits on this go to Lorette Bihari. Hopefully you may find a copy of this that doesn’t play like someone took to it with a belt sander.