Willie Colon* ‎– Wanted By FBI / The Big Break - La Gran Fuga

Fania Records ‎– SLP 394 Stereo, Fania Records ‎– SLP #394, Fania Records ‎– (S) LP #394
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Ghana' E
Written-By – H. Lavoe*, W. Colon*
A2 Pa' Colombia
Written-By – C. Curet Alonso*
A3 No Cambiare
Written-By – H. Lavoe*, W. Colon*
A4 Sigue Feliz
Written-By – Carlos Roman*
B1 Barrunto
Written-By – C. Curet Alonso*
B2 Abuelita
Written-By – H. Lavoe*, W. Colon*
B3 Panameña
Written-By – H. Lavoe*, W. Colon*
B4 Cancion Para Mi Suegra 0:55



First pressing... 'WANTED BY FBI' at the top, not 'WANTED'. Originally released with poster.
1st Pressings included the # in front of release numbers on the labels. The Represses DID NOT.
Release ID on front cover is: SLP 394 Stereo
Release ID on labels is: SLP #394
Release ID on back cover is:(S) LP #394

There's an untitled extra and separated B5 track here, that starts at about 6 seconds after the 4th track, and it's style is a Ranchera.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Hand Etched - Side A): SLP 394 A 10-5-70
  • Matrix / Runout (Hand Etched - Side B): SLP 394 A 10-5-70
  • Matrix / Runout (Machine Stamped, both sides): STERLING

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SLP 394 Monaural, LP #394, (S) LP #394 Willie Colon* Wanted By FBI / The Big Break - La Gran Fuga(LP, Album, Mono) Fania Records, Fania Records, Fania Records SLP 394 Monaural, LP #394, (S) LP #394 US 1970 Sell This Version
463 950 9019-2, 463 950 9019-2 Willie Colon* La Gran Fuga(CD, Album, RE) Fania Records, Código Music 463 950 9019-2, 463 950 9019-2 US 2010 Sell This Version
SLP-394 Willie Colon* Wanted By FBI / The Big Break - La Gran Fuga(LP, Album) Fania Records SLP-394 Mexico 1970 Sell This Version
LP 394, GET59007-LP Willie Colon* Wanted By FBI / The Big Break - La Gran Fuga(LP, Album, RE) Fania Records, Get On Down LP 394, GET59007-LP US 2018 Sell This Version
773 130 228-2 Willie Colon* La Gran Fuga(CD, Album, RE, RM) Fania Records 773 130 228-2 US 2007 Sell This Version


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December 8, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
This version is the 1st 1970 original Stereo release of: 'WANTED BY FBI,' WITH poster, and WITHOUT a red sticker branding on the bottom front cover of: "This Album Contains: 11' X 23" Willie Colon WANTED POSTER - The New Smash Hit GHANA'E."
OjO: Side B has a 5th track, separated by about 6 seconds following track 4, which IS NOT shown on the jacket or label, and it is a Ranchera.
The actual styles on all of these versions are: Guaracha, Cha-Cha, Bolero, Guaguancó, Ranchera, Salsa


August 30, 2017

Like most of the collaborations between trombonist, composer and musical director Willie Colón and mercurial Puerto Rican singer Héctor Lavoé, the album that you hold in your hands transcends the boundaries of salsa. Released in 1970, "The Big Break" is a masterpiece of Latin music, the kind of formidable artistic statement that established the Fania label as a cultural icon-- going beyond the parameters of a company specializing in crowd pleasing dance music. Needless to say, this is still a great party album, filled with dance friendly classics such as “Barrunto” and “Abuelita”. At the same time, it crystallizes the Colón/Lavoé aesthetic that the duo had been developing on previous albums ("The Big Break" is Colón's sixth release on the Fania label.) Although they were years away from reaching the artistic zenith of future epics such as El Cantante and Periódico de Ayer, the songs on this collection express the combined strength of these visionary artists: Colón's weakness for an edgy, dangerous sound based on the roughness of his two-trombone lineup. The eclectic tendencies that had him adding revolutionary bits of Puerto Rican folklore on the six minute-long workout “Panameña”. And Lavoé's irresistible sense of humor, which becomes particularly apparent on his nostalgic remembrance of his grandmother (“Abuelita”) and her hilarious sayings. Most importantly, the songs on "The Big Break" evoke the duo's combined cosmovision, which regards life as a combination of reckless joy and profound tragedy. From the childlike wonder of “Ghana'E” and the grotesque mockery of “Canción Para Mi Suegra” to the fleshy swing of “Barrunto” and the morbid sadness of “No Cambiaré, this session is a roller coaster of intensity-- a symphony of contrasting flavors, colors and feelings. Perhaps the one moment that best encapsulates the transcendental qualities of this collection is the bridge of “Panameña”-- the moment when the tune stops on its tracks, Lavoé introduces la salsa de Puerto Rico, el aguinaldo (Puerto Rico's own salsa, the aguinaldo) and all hell breaks loose thanks to Colón's roaring trombone and the spidery piano lines courtesy of the maestro Profesor Joe Torres. The resulting effect is nothing less of apocalyptic. Of the many brilliant LP covers that graphic designer Izzy Sanabria designed for Fania (the Ray Barretto/Superman art for Indestructible comes immediately to mind), "The Big Break" may be the most notorious one. The art capitalized on Colón's ‘Malo’ image (he was initially called El Malo because the older musicians thought he was a poor trombone player, not a bad kid-- Willie then decided to use the gangster archetype as a gimmick.) This time, Sanabria flew with the idea and devised a cover that replicated a Wanted by the FBI poster. Only that the FBI in question was the Freaks of Bureau Investigation, Colón was armed with a trombone and was wanted for killing people... with his exciting rhythm. Using the project's limited budget to his advantage, the designer included a cheap photo of Colón and random fingerprints to create a realistic looking poster. After its release, the company was contacted by the real FBI, which requested that the ‘Wanted by FBI’ text be removed from the cover


May 31, 2017
OjO: There are Originals, Represses, and Reissues. The Original 1970 Monaural and Stereo releases of "WANTED BY THE FBI" BOTH HAVE the # (pound sign) on the the labels as shown:
LP #394, and
SLP #394
The Represses DO NOT. And they appear as:
LP 394, and
SLP 394.
So BEFORE you purchase what is being sold as an original copy of "WANTED BY THE FBI," make sure that you ask the seller for pictures, or written confirmation that their version is the legit as shown in all pictures and as described in their respective Matrix's.


April 18, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
In Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe's 1970 Original LP "Wanted By FBI - La Gran Fuga," there was an infamous poster that was included inside the jacket, but was eventually pulled from the market because people who saw the poster believed it to be genuine, and were actually calling the FBI to inform them that they knew where Willie and his cohorts were at. This lead to the FBI office to place a Cease and Desist ordered Fania Records to pull all remaining copies, rebrand title, remove, reseal and sell them without the poster.