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El Malo

Willie Colón

The first release in Sonidos Encontrados, VMP’s new series dedicated to deep cut Latin music, is this edition of Willie Colón’s debut LP, El Malo is remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, and comes with a custom obi strip...

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VMP Exclusive Pressing

This is a VMP Exclusive record, and you can't get this specific variation anywhere else.

Exclusive Features
color Opaque Red
foil stamped Yes
numbered Yes
Other Features
exclusive VMP Exclusive
extras Liner Notes by Ed Morales
jacket style Tip-On
jacket type Single
label Fania
mastering engineer Ryan Smith
mastering studio Sterling Sound
pressing location TBD
release type Reissue
remastering details Lacquers Cut by Ryan Smith, Sterling Sound

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If you have multiple products in your order, you can choose the ‘Direct Ship’ option to receive products as they become available in multiple shipments. Otherwise, they will be grouped in a single shipment (or your next ROTM shipment for members) after all products are received at our warehouse.

Since pre-order albums are not available to ship until the manufacturing completes, the actual ship date can shift. If there is a delay, we will always contact you.


Sonidos Encontrados is VMP’s new series celebrating deep cuts from the expansive catalog of Latin music. Eventually, the series will aim to reissue releases from many genres, countries, and eras, but the series’ first reissues are dedicated to the Fania label, in celebration of the label’s 60th anniversary. 

Fania was the Motown of Latin Soul music in the ‘60s and ‘70s, the home to household names like Hector Lavoe, Ray Barretto, Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, La Lupe, Joe Bataan, and Willie Colon. 

Our first release in Sonidos Encontrados – Spanish for “found sounds” – is Willie Colón’s El Malo, the debut LP from the band leader, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and activist. Colón was the wunderkind of the Fania label, as he recorded the album when he was just 16 years old. The title track from the album was in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, and the album features guest vocals from a 21-year-old Lavoe, who was beginning his own rise to salsa stardom. 

Pressed at VMP’s own pressing plant, plated by Gary Salstrom at VMP, and remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, these releases will be limited to 1000 units and pressed on 180g vinyl and come with a custom obi strip and a Listening Notes booklet.   

VMP members can expect at least five more Sonidos Encontrados releases in 2024. 

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*Audio and/or tracklist may vary slightly from the vinyl version.


El Malo

Willie Colon

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