It's hard to be Puerto Rican and not like Salsa. It's all around you and you grow up on it, but just like a lot of musical styles it can hit a dead end. A lot of it starts to sound repetitive. That's why when I first heard this I couldn't believe it. I thought I was fairly well informed when it came to Cuban music but I never thought there would be a crop of Cuban musicians from the 70's that were blending the island's typical Son and Salsa sounds with psychedelic, progressive, middle eastern, avant-garde, and fusion influences creating a funky melting pot. Apparently there was a steady stream of American and European records flowing into the island and these local musicians absorbed all their influences creating some throughly unique recordings that until recently were criminally unavailable to a wider audience. What's even more surprising is that a lot of these bands were government sponsored and on their payroll. Apparently Fidel liked hitting the bong and listening to some good shit.