The Rough Guide to Salsa (1997 album)

The Rough Guide to Salsa is a world music compilation album originally released in 1997. Part of the World Music Network Rough Guides series,[1] the album gives broad coverage to the salsa genre of Latin America, focusing on classic styles.[2] Seven of the fourteen tracks are by Cuban musicians, five are Colombian, and one each is Venezuelan and American. The compilation was produced by Phil Stanton, co-founder of the World Music Network. Liner notes were written by Tom Andrews.[3] This was the first of three similarly named albums: the second was released in 2007; the third, in 2012.

The Rough Guide to Salsa
Compilation album by
Various artists
Released18 November 1997
GenreWorld, Salsa
LabelWorld Music Network
Full series chronology
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Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [4]

The Album received positive reviews. Raymond McKinney of AllMusic called it a "superb introduction".[4] Michaelangelo Matos of the Chicago Reader felt it went down "as smooth as ice cream", praising its lack of drum machines.[2]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleArtist (Country)Length
1."Carruseles"Sonora Carruseles  3:46
2."Pegaso"The Latin Brothers  4:31
3."Pa'l Bailador"Joe Arroyo Y La Verdad  4:30
4."Azulito"Mario Bauzá  4:16
5."El Lenguaje del Son"Ritmo Y Candela II & Carlos "Patato" Valdes  6:24
6."Guateque Campesino"Conjunto Campesino Cuyaguateje  4:30
7."Se Quema la Chumbambá"La Familia Valera Miranda  4:57
8."Mulence"Jesús Alemañy & ¡Cubanismo!  5:24
9."Mulata Coqueta"Oscar D'León  5:40
10."Del Monton"La Sonora Dinamita  3:22
11."Manyoma"Fruko y sus Tesos  4:08
12."La Negra Tomasa"Grupo El Organo Pinareño  5:25
13."Tumbao a Peruchin"Alfredo Rodriguez  4:39
14."Fiesta a la King"Charlie Palmieri  6:11


  1. ^ Douglas H., Henkle (2012-10-23). "Rough Guide Discography / World Music Network Discography". FolkLib Index : A Library of Folk Music Links. Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  2. ^ a b Matos, Michaelangelo (5 November 1998). "A Rough Guide to the Rough Guides". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  3. ^ World Music Network. "About Us - The WMN Story". Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  4. ^ a b McKinney, Raymond. "Rough Guide to Salsa". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 Jan 2014.