Today is Record Store Day! We know what you’re thinking, hipster holiday…GTFOH! But we assure you after clicking through the following records your parents probably owned, you’ll feel nostalgic.
1. Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco, Celia & Johnny (1974)
Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco, Celia & Johnny (1974)
Perhaps, the Queen of Salsa’s paramount opus, Celia & Johnny was Cruz’s rebirth and reintroduction to a newer generation of Latinos. The image on the cover is pure ‘70s style—beautiful Afro, big tribal-inspired earrings and don’t forget Pacheco’s open shirt swag.
2. Iris Chacon, La Vedette de America (1970s)
Iris Chacon, La Vedette de America (1970s)
This one is solely for your pops. Iris, she of the original J. Lo booty, made men buy her records and even write their names on the cover to make sure everyone knew it was theirs. Even if they could never have the real thing, your daddy dreamt big.
3. Vicente Fernandez, Hoy Platique con Mi Gallo (1986)
Vicente Fernandez, Hoy Platique con Mi Gallo (1986)
Chente made the hardest cholo tear up (for real no tatted tears). Only Fernandez can get away with talking to his
cock rooster on an album cover and still be cooler than A$AP Rocky. It’s a testament to his ubiquitous popularity and influence.
4. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Spanish Fly (1987)
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Spanish Fly (1987)
Poufy hair, jheri curls, doorknockers…ahh the 1980s were frightening. But Lisa Lisa’s freestyle gems made cleaning on Saturday easier for mami and papi.
5. La Sonora Dinamita, 30 Pegaditas de Oro Vol.1 (1988)
La Sonora Dinamita, 30 Pegaditas de Oro Vol.1 (1988)
Colombian cumbia royalty got the party started with an accordion—yes, an accordion. But if you’re South or Central American or mexicano, an accordion and shots of agua ardiente is all you need. Plus, the eye candy on the album covers always made your pops happy.
6. Las Chicas del Can, Explosivo (1992)
Las Chicas del Can, Explosivo (1992)
The Dominican ladies of del can gave pure fuego in their songs and served serious face and eyebrow game on their album covers.
7. El Gran Combo, First Class International (1993)
El Gran Combo, First Class International (1993)
Puerto Rico’s finest salsa collective was a mainstay in your parents’ collection. And their covers almost always looked like a bunch of your tios prepping for a house party.