Lucho Records CD Series by Joost Swarte

In the early 1990’s a young and fresh label was launched to bring good music from Latin America to the people in the Lowlands. Latin in the Dutch polders! It was named Lucho (from ‘luchar’ which means to struggle or to wrestle) and was a project of Increase B.V. and Boudisque, a well known recordstore in Amsterdam. Dutch cartoonist Joost Swarte, who’s fame was rising throughout the world quickly, was asked to make the drawings for a series of compact discs to make them recognizable as Lucho CD’s. His style is very original, although the  influence from Herge’s clear lines is evident, but his fantasy and ideas are simply without borders. A musical note with an eyeball in a shoe… who else could imagine that? Two dancers on a bandoneon on the cover of the album “Color Tango” is just brilliant, or look at the airplanes coming out of the piano’s on “Latin Around The Keys” by Piano Con Clave. There was music from Cuba, Spain and Argentina. Some dutch groups adapted the various styles of music, like Sexteto Canyengue with the famous Dutch bandoneon-player Carel Kraayenhof. Tango was a main thing on the Lucho series. Great cartoonish drawings of Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Pugliese are on the two volumes of “Finally Together”. A great series that suddenly stopped a few years later, but Joost went on making other great pieces of drawing art, packaging design, stamps, posters and even a whole new theatre in Haarlem.

http://www.joostswarte.com

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7701-2 / EMI 8315352 Sexteto Canyengue – Por El Tango (1992)

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7702-2 / EMI …            Eric Vaarzon Morel & Chanela – Flamenco De Hoy (1992)

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7703-2 / EMI …            Color Tango – same (1992)

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7704-2 / EMI 8315382 Osvaldo Pugliese & Astor Piazzolla – Finally Together, Volume 1 (1992)

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7705-2 / EMI 8315392 Osvaldo Pugliese & Astor Piazzolla 0 Finally Together, Volume 2 (1992)

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7706-2 / EMI 8315402 Nueva Manteca – Bluesongo (1992)

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7707-2 / EMI 8315412 Fra Fra Sound – Kalinha’s Serenade (1992)

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7708-2 / EMI 8315422 Fra Fra Sound – A Tan So (1993)

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7709-2 / EMI …            Piano Con Clave – Latin Around The Keys (1993)

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7710-2 / EMI …            Fuzué – Forró Na Brasa (1993)

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7711-2 / EMI 8315452 Sexteto Canyengue – Tiburonero (1993)

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7712-2 / EMI 8315462 Septeto Turquino – El Dulcerito Liegó (1994)

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7713-2 / EMI 8320112 Grupo Changui De Guantánamo – Llegaron Les Changüiceros (1994)

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7714-2 / EMI …            Nueva Manteca – Porgy & Bess (1994)

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7715-2 / EMI …            Fra Fra Sound – Worship Mother Earth (1994)

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7717-2 / EMI 8320102 Los Hermanos Flores – Corrientes Norte (1994)

7718-2 / EMI …            Nueva Manteca – Let’s Face The Music And Dance (1995) (no Joost Swarte on this one!)

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7719-2 / EMI 8328582 Septeto Turquino – El Swing Del Son (1995)

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7720-2 / EMI 8339012 Sexteto Canyengue – Piazolla Bien Canyengue (1995)

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7721-2 / EMI 8348552 Lucas Van Merwijk & His Cu-Bop City Big Band – The Machito Project (1995)

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7799-2 / EMI 8315492 Lucho Collected No.1 (1994)

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7798-2 / EMI 8377932 Lucho Collected No.2 (1996)

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