In the late 1960s race riots plagued major U.S. cities; in Harlem, these events forced educators to think of new and exciting ways to keep kids off the streets and interested in their education. Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited (the Har-You Act) was a series of educational programs designed for that purpose. The Harlem Youth Percussion Group grew out of that zeitgeist. Musical Director “Montego Joe” recorded this super-energetic, talented, and raw Afro-Cuban ensemble in 1965. The resulting album is a collectable that stands the test of time because the tracks are good from top-to-bottom. “Welcome To The Party” is a certified dancefloor classic with murderous bass-line, driving percussion and rampant piano. And on songs like “Feed Me Good”, “Santa Cruz” and “Barrets Bag,” the band don’t take their feet off the quality pedal.