Consisting of Johnny Phillips on bass, Hector Lopez on (bongos), Mario Lopez (Congas), Wilfredo Robinson (drums), Roy Clark (guitar/vocals), Carlos Allen (lead vocals) and Eugenuio Dorch and Ricardo Bermudez on Saxaphone, the Los Silvertones emerged from Panama in the early 1970’s.
Known for their high brow fusions of Calypso, funk, soul, reggae and Latin, they released their one and only eponymous album on RCA records in 1972. Today’s (mainly) instrumental delight, Carmen, featured on this record, but has since appeared on volume 3 of the Panama! series, which was released on UK’s Soundway Records. This particular issue (and they are ALL very much worth checking out) showcases more of the unique tropical music created in Panama in the fertile decades of the 1960s and ’70s…Carmen being one of these! Listen above.