Latin & Brazilian-related LPs

I use the Record Collector standard to grade my records – as below:

M is ONLY for reissues / new releases
M- is a pretty much unplayed record for me – any obvious signs that a record has been played and I usually downgrade to an EX+
EX+ is a very strong grade for me – just showing some signs of being played but no noise / cue burn / crackle / styrene burn at all.
VG+ is for records that have obviously seen some wear and have had a good few plays and may even have light intro crackle but play very, very well.
VG is for records with quite a bit of wear and surface markings and some noise / crackle but still a very good player
VG- is my lowest grade and VG- records for me are in bad shape – lots of sound quality deterioration and many, many surface marks – not nice.

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Ray Barretto / La Cuna / CTI / UK / 1981 / M-/Ex+ / £15 £8

Top copy – Pastime Paradise etc – hugely sampled

Americo Bellotto / Remember The Name / Circle Of Sound / UK / 1973 / M-/Ex+ / £10 £5

Top copy – Berimbau etc – incredibly hard to find clean – as are most COS releases

Charlie Byrd / Bossa Nova Pelos Passaros / Riverside / UK / 1962 / M-/Ex+ / £30 £15

A1 copy – Barquinho / Bim-Bom etc – very, very hard to find

Le Trio Camara / Le Trio Camara / Disques Saravah / France / 1970 / M-/M- / £20 £10

Unplayed reissue copy – Upa Neguinho etc – an OG is almost impossible to find nowadays

Machito / Mambo Holiday / Harmony / USA / 1957 / M-/VG+ / £10 £5

Minor sleeve wear – Mambo Inn  etc – amazing artist

Sabu Martinez / Groovin With Sabu Martinez / Metronome / Sweden / 1968 / M-/M- / £40 £20

Top copy – The Beat Goes On etc – sooooo many good tracks here – what an artist

Milton Nascimento / Geraes / EMI-Odeon / Brazil / 1976 / M-/Ex / £20 £10

Tiny sleeve rub – Caldera etc – one of his best LPs

Frankie Nieves / The Terrible Frankie Nieves / Speed / USA / 1968 / M-/Ex+ / £50 £25

A1 copy – Work It Out etc – stunning Latin / NYC Boogaloo LP…

The Novi Singers / Torpedo / Supraphon / Czechoslovakia / 1973 / M-/Ex+ / £30 £15

A1 copy – Torpedo / Hurry Hurry etc – fantastic harmonies

Johnny Pate / Swingin Flute / Parlophone 10″ / UK / 1959 / M-/M- / £20 £10

A1 copy – Muskeeta / Deeno Dante etc – incredibly hard to find – Muskeeta is a (thinly disguised) version of Tequila

Dave Pike / Manhattan Latin / Decca / Canada / 1964 / Ex+/Ex+ / £40 £20

Top copy, teeny wear – Latin Blues / La Playa etc – right up there with THE vesry best of DP’s work – amazing sleeve too

Dom Um Romao / Hotmosphere / Pablo / UK / 1976 / M-/Ex / £20 £10

Top copy – 1″ cut corner front bottom left – Escravos De Jo etc – total an absolutely revered genius

Willie Rosario / Boogaloo & Guaguanco / Atco / USA / 1968 / M-/Ex / £40 £20

Tiny sleeve wear – small drill-hole top front left – Watusi Boogaloo etc – superb and widely-collected LP

Voices In Latin / Something Cool / Pulsar / USA / 1968 / M-/Ex+ / £30 £15

A1 copy – still in shrink – drill-hole front bottom right – Busy / Tea For Three etc – Barbara Moore masterclass