Color De Trópico Vol. 2 (Compiled by El Drágon Criollo & El Palmas)
Continuing where the first compilation left off, Color de Trópico Vol. 2 returns to Venezuela’s hedonistic, and hugely creative,
period of the 60s and 70s to gather another selection of rare musical gems, reissued here for the first time on vinyl.
Releases May 14, 2021
Compiled by El Drágon Criollo & El Palmas
Artwork by Georgina Maldera
Mastering and cut at The Carvery Studio
El Palmas Music
Fuelled by oil wealth, Venezuela was one of the richest countries in Latin America during the 60s and 70s, with a GDP per capita not far off the US. This prosperity, along with a stable democracy, was changing the dynamic of the country: migrants were coming in from Colombia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America; Venezuelans themselves were migrating to the cities in search of opportunities; and the middle-class became frequent flyers to the cities of abundance and culture up north: Miami, New York, etc.
This is reflected in the music of Color de Trópico Vol. 2, which is unashamed of its genre fluidity. This is a compilation that goes from La Retreta Mayor with their funky jazz opus “Liquido Elemento”, blazing with saxophones and trumpets, to the folkloric, yet groovy, sounds of Anselmo y su Conjunto, his “Seis Pajueliao” indicative of the llanera music migrating to the cities from Venezuela’s plains; Anselmo was known as the “King of the Bandola” for very good reason. From Caracas’ nightclubs to the countryside and then even to the ballrooms with Orquesta La Playa’s “Negro Soy” offering a grandiose, nostalgic dose of exotica with its Afro roots on full show