I've never really listened to salsa before, but holy fuck. Throw me a bag of tortilla chips because this was delicious.
Siembra (Planting) is the second studio album by Rubén Blades and Willie Colón, released by Fania Records in september 7, 1978. It is considered the best selling salsa album in the history of salsa music and Latin music.
I've never really listened to salsa before, but holy fuck. Throw me a bag of tortilla chips because this was delicious.
9/10. I like salsa music, but not usually enough that I can sit through 42 minutes of listening to it fairly actively. This had a lot more variety of sound than I am used to hearing in salsa, which is no doubt biased by me listening more closely to this, but still a very enjoyable album.
There are many excellent things about this album. The musicianship and production are clean and tight and the vocal delivery is energetic. I'm not terribly knowledgeable about salsa, but I was struck by the complexity of the harmonies and arrangement. Some of the bass work in particular was incredible. Overall, a great album that makes me want to learn about the various styles of Latin American music
I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would. Couldn't help but dance while listening. The songs flowed really nicely and the music itself was punchy yet not too in your face. Hasn't won my heart yet but definitely a good album
I don't want to be that guy but literally all salsa sounds the same.
Well.......This sucks. We should start a site "1001 Albums You Should Pass On Before You Die"
sooo good, stellar musicianship and the brass section is fantastic. Some of the songs are really long but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing given that it’s meant to be danced to. Lyrics were poetic and beautiful and even funny at times, and they’re sung with so much flair. 10/10, need to dance to this sometime
I was really surprised by liking this album as much as I did. I have never cared about Salsa in any sort of way, but this just sounded really good. It seems like it mus have been a blueprint for pretty much anything that was good about any Salsa album ever released after this one. It was a joy to listen to and sort of half-dance around in my chair while working (maybe this one is better for remote work than at the office though).
Je ne vous cache pas que je ne m'attendais pas, en lançant cet album, à accorder la note maximale, vous connaissez ma réputation. Trêves de plaisanteries, aujourd'hui je vous propose un petit quizz. Pour jouer c'est très simple, il vous suffit de répondre à la question suivante. Où ai-je rencontré le père de robpellemèle? Reponse A: Il est venu chercher rob à l'école après notre cours de Krautrock pour l'ammener à son cours de salsa. Reponse B: Nous nous sommes rencontrés lors d'un concert de Jethro Tull, après avoir apprécie ensemble le solo d'Aqualung. Réponse C: Le père de rob était en fait notre professeur de rock psychédèlique en classe de 4ème world. Pour jouer rien de plus simple, je vous invite à poster votre réponse sous la review de l'album de votre choix.
I love a good horn section, and the horns here are INCREDIBLE. The musicianship is off the charts all the way around, and the storytelling is rich and clever to boot. I enjoyed the sarcastic West Side Story reference. Best track: Pedro Navaja
Thanks for this. What a magnificent album.
I love Hector Lavoe so this was right up my alley. That's mainly why I like it, not necessarily because of specific songs (though the first one is a banger), but because of the overall sound. It's the kind my mom will let me play out loud in the house lol.
First non-english speaking album, and man what a jam. Saw some comments saying all the songs sound the same and I couldn't disagree more, every song was a totally different song, just under one genre, and it was enjoyable throughout. Some songs went on a little long, but that's okay! It almost feels like something you'd hear in a game like Katamari.
Clasicos de la salsa que ya conocia casi todos pero nunca el album completo. Espectacular
Super fun! Never heard these before. Made me want a dirty cocktail
We've had a handful of Latin jazz-y albums by now, enough where it can be difficult to differentiate. But this one is probably my favorite so far. Very vibrant, very danceable. A good time start to finish. I guess that's to be expected from a salsa album; I can hear the difference, but I'm not very knowledgeable. Regardless, this was a great listen. Fantastic instrument work, especially the percussion. I can see why this was such a smash hit. Favorite tracks: Buscando Guayaba, Pedro Navaja, Siembra, Plastico. Album art: The flowery border is cool, but the baby pictures just feel out of place. Doesn't seem '70s at all, let alone salsa music. Seems more like an Anne Geddes throwaway. Confusing, but I don't hate it. 4.5/5
It’s a samba party and everyone’s invited!
This shit slaps. I loved dancing to it. Didn't know salsa slapped this hard
given that I have my Spanish final exam in less than three hours this was very helpful. It was my only studying tactic, so thank you very much Siembra I do like Spanish music. I’ve never have anything against it and I really think it’s a nice thing. However, it’s not my favourite just because I can’t really relate to the actual singing about it because I’m not fluent however, I did enjoy this album.
In school, I teach kids about making connections. This was a weird connection. I've been recently watching Fear the Walking Dead in which Ruben Blades plays one of the main characters. I had no ideas he was also a world renowned singer and salsa performer. That being said, this was enjoyable enough. I have no way to really compare it to any other salsa albums, but I dig it for what it is. I'd give it a 3.5 if that were possible.
oooh salsa baby. yeah this was great. impeccable vibes and each song was different from the last. mwah
This was a surprisingly incredible album with ballads, bops, and even a banger or two.
Fantastic Salsa. Really enjoyable. Makes me realize I need to seek out more of this style.
I like to hear more of this music but rock n roll of some bands that were rubbish.
Lush and beautiful
Fun to listen to, great for cooking to!
What a great album. Great vocals, lush instrumentation, catchy little rifts throughout. Each song feels so warm and sends me right back to a beach in Mexico. 9/10
plástico é um dos pontos altos do álbum, amei a fusão salsa/disco e realmente, "salsa intelectual" 💯
meu paiero virou um charuto ayyyyyyyyy
Great! Lots of uptempo jazz and Latin fusion, hard to listen to and not want to dance!
Yeeeeeees, this is my jam. 9.5/10.
Latin music is God-sent!
Cuban dance vibes
OOOOO the slick funked out groove immediately has my attention. I like this salsa. I have absoltely heard Pedro Navaja before. And it fucking slaps.
I lack the linguistic ability and context to appreciate Siembra. The record is clearly positioned in a part of this country I have never visited, and is absolutely accessible from here. Part of me knows there have to be better salsa deep cuts out there, but the rest of me just loved listening to this whole album. It has unspooling in spades, but no tracks that drag on in the same style. Just songs which groove in a sonic space and give way to the next, doing something a little different. The vocals are the least remarkable part, but, as I led with, I can't understand the words.
Muito bom! Excelente para um domingo de sol
Great samba album
bom demais os fadinho, latino e pa
Un cuatro alto, para distinguirlo del resto de cuatros le doy un cinco.
Fun salsa! I can definitely see why this has sold so much. What a great album, makes me get out of me seat and want to dance the night away!
makes sense after listening to "if i should fall from grace with god"😃 thanks for the music expansion again👍
I listened to this twice. I could listen to this once a day for a whole month. Presente!
Killer band!! Loved this one. the strings remind me of chic.
Really enjoyed listening to this one- will definitely come back to this.
I will mot explain myself. Great time
Joyous music, made me want to move my feet and sway my hips.
This whole thing's a mood. Loved it. Last song sounded like something out of a James Bond movie.
I normally wouldn’t listen to this but I really liked it. It’s happy and lively. Good music.
Not all the way through yet, but I'm very very impressed. I just read that it's one of the best salsa albums pretty much ever and I can see how. It seems like it's got an extra layer compared to salsa you'll hear just anywhere.
Salsa-esque bops! Good for working
Great atmospheric Latin jazz, upbeat but also easy listening
Enjoyed this more than I might have thought.
During the first minutes I was thinking "yep, this will get three stars, usual spanish stuff, pleasant but nothing interesting". NO, that's beautiful, carefully crafted and addictive. Will definetely look up other stuff of this genre
Yesssssssss this is exactly the kind of thing i signed up for.
I've heard some of these songs on compilations, but never had the pleasure of hearing them together as intended until today. This album is a high water mark for the salsa genre. It's also one of the great Latin music albums, not just of its era, but of all time. Spectacular, nuanced musicianship and rich, flawless vocals from Ruben Blades. Not to mention, this album is just deeply, deeply fun. No hyperbole, this is a pretty perfect album. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Pedro Navaja, Dime, Plástico, Buscando Guayaba, María Lionza, Ojos, Siembra
I missed this one, it was well before I got into Latin music. Clearly he nailed this long before Gloria Estefan. Great album, and I will be listening to it again.
Wow this was a fun listen! I can't say I've really given salsa much of a listen before this, and I don't know Spanish but I really wish I did now. The horns and instrumentation are excellent, and the lyrics seem great, even if I don't exactly know what's being said. It's the kind of album that just makes me want to dance, and it makes me wish for a warmer day than this one. Favourite: Plástico
I've read the wikipedia article for tumbao. I've watched a dozen videos about clave rhythms. My limited musical experience means that I only barely understand the basic structure of salsa but the more I listen and study the more I appreciate it.
Really enjoyed this one. Right from the first track.
It's very rare for me to dance instead of walk to work. This album gave me those vibes to let go, and dance all the way. Fantastic.
I have no recollection of listening to this, but I also know it was great. I'm not entirely sure how I know this, but it is completely true.
Big fan of this album Had me doing a little dance while making dinner. Big fan willie and Cecilia too
Salsa is not really my genre but this seemed pretty much perfect to my unsophisticated regard.
I loved this. I listened to it now than once and I'll probably add it to my rotation. It's super bright and fun, the horns and strings sound amazing, and it's so outside my normal wheelhouse, I get excited knowing I have something this different to listen to.
Fabulous. Totally new to me and incredible
Probably the best salsa album ever recorded
I don't care what anyone says, this is the best music ever.
Salsa is an easy 5 for me. Sunny dancey vibes
Def pulled me in with those trumpets and percussion <3 Great jam.
Delicious! Is this the first time I ever consciously listened to a salsa album? Yes! But it was unforgettable. So many fun surprises around every corner. It’s like jazz, man… sounds all the same, but then you go in deeper. And deeper. Except this is approachable and fun and you can put it on in all fun times! Very heavily colored by being in Costa Rica as I’m listening to this. The horn arrangements! I’m going 5/5. Rightfully should be in the canon!
wow i loved this! never heard this album but every song pretty much is a banger. I could see how someone might feel every song has a similar sound, but they all hit to me, and the album is not long. amazing horns. standout song is Pedro Navaja. 5/5
Mexico music hee hee haw
Holy smokes, this is what the project is about. Great music I never would have listened to on my own. Not sure what anyone was saying but the fun Latin music with brass really hit right today
Really taken aback by how much I loved this. Had to give it a second listen to confirm, still rocked my socks off. I had some understanding of what Salsa music sounds like but this is so sweeping, epic, and FUN that I couldn’t stop smiling through it. Musicianship is on point, the songs are long and fully formed but never feel like they’re lugging along, and (once I looked at translations) it’s awesome lyrically considering the seemingly light and fun arrangements. This is a true masterpiece to me, and makes me wonder if this is a unicorn or if I’ve just fucked up not exploring Salsa my whole life. Top tracks: All of them. Not even being funny, I revisited every song, it’s all great. Maybe I’d skip around on Ojos a little bit? This shit rocked my world, just the right sound at the right time in my life.
This album was really cool! Nice blend of jazz, Latin-American music, funk, and disco. Just a party, overall
FANTASTIC! What a breath of fresh air in the never-ending slog of old white man music. More like this, please.
Salsa was just the thing I needed to reinvigorate me today, and this is some kick as salsa music! 💃🏽
Enjoyable Latin sounds with a tinge of late 70s disco. Fun!
Is it just me or did this album make anyone else feel like dancing?
I loved this. Terrific salsa!
Perfect for keeping the Puerto Rico life feel every day.
Very well done latin/Puerto Rican music! Both these artists are super accomplished musicians! I can definitely see why they've won so many awards! Loved listening to the beat and energy of a type of sound I have appreciated too little.love the trombone!!
The description says salsa but this starts funky as hell? I'm into it. This is ageless. I have heard these before, just not sure where (Buscando guayaba). A solid album, just good vibes. 5* Each track is unique and doesn't just have the same salsa rhythm, it's layered with so much more. Highlights: plastico, maria lionza (cool starts and groovy bass)
"La vida te da sorpresas, sorpresas te da la vida, ay, Dios"
Outstanding. An album like this is what this list is all about. I never would have found this otherwise and I absolutely loved every second of it!
I've found a new album I otherwise never would have thought to listen to on my own. Amazing, every song a hit, thoroughly enjoyed this one Plastico especially, I like that it starts with almost disco vibes and rolls into salsa, just great.
I enjoyed this
Salsa mit Disco-Musik verbinden, das funktioniert? Und wie es funktioniert. Anspruchsvolle Tanzmusik mit hervorragenden Arrangements, das geht in die Beine. Dieses Album hat mich in jeder Hinsicht geflascht. Ein Meilenstein in der Musikgeschichte, keine Frage. Komisch, dass ich von diesem Album bislang noch nie was gehört habe. Danke, dass ich es jetzt erleben durfte.
Really funky and interesting, my main issue is that each song is really long and it’s a little samey. 8
This was a perfectly pleasant listen. I'll freely admit I'm not at all knowledgable about salsa music, so this struck me as being kinda generic salsa, but after seeing on wikipedia that this is the best selling salsa record in history, I guess it's genre founding rather than generic! Fave track - "Pedro Navaja" - I like the slow build up and shout outs to other tunes!