El Baile del Pirulino/Música Para Escamosos

Given that soap opera Pedro el Escamoso, the inspiration behind this compilation, is hilarious, it stands to reason that the music it features would be similarly inclined.

Given that soap opera Pedro el Escamoso, the inspiration behind this compilation, is hilarious, it stands to reason that the music it features would be similarly inclined. Música Para Escamosos kicks off with featured track "El Baile del Pirulino," a fast-paced cumbia that's defiantly silly and decidedly fun in its hokiness. It sets the tone for an album that features a slew of past Colombian tropical hits ("Tabaco y Ron," "Entre Rejas," and "Golpe con Golpe," among others)—from cumbia and salsa to vallenato—played by some of the country's most stellar dance bands, including Pastor López and Los Corraleros de Majagual. Those looking for elaborate salsa and son are advised to look elsewhere. But those looking to host the party of a lifetime would be hard pressed to find a better disc to accompany such a fete.—LC