Rabbits And Carrots: Soul Latino

By: Chris Pacifico

Technically, this album was actually released in 1969 and didn’t really see the light of day Stateside until 38 years later but any debut album from a band that was once considered the Mexican version of The Meters is due some attention and a hearty olé! Soul Latino (Vampisoul) is a funky, colorful and mostly instrumental assortment of American R&B covers laced with cool jazz and raw psychedelic rock. At their time Rabbits and Carrots weren’t so much in tuned to the music of their homeland since their proclivities leaned more toward old black bebop rags and Cuban instrumentation. In a way, their tunes served as a foundation for American disco before it became pretentious and marred with pomp and circumstance. Reaming the most impressive are covers of tracks from Rufus Thomas, Kool and the Gang and War's "Spill the Wine" sounds so much better when pounding a row of Mezcal shots and loudly singing along to a chorus in español.

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[Published on: 4/24/08]

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