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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Less flashy and in some ways more historically interesting than many of his commonly available albums, this excellent Harlequin compilation opens with ten of the oldest known recordings of Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra, predating Cugat's tenure at the Waldorf Astoria. Culled from obscure 1932 Western Electric transcription platters, these delightful performances were waxed in Los Angeles only months before Cugat took his act to New York. The beautiful "Lamento Borincano" has been reinterpreted by dozens of modern musicians, perhaps most notably by martyred Chilean activist, guitarist, and folksinger Victor Jara. While some of these tracks are less than 120 seconds in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Less flashy and in some ways more historically interesting than many of his commonly available albums, this excellent Harlequin compilation opens with ten of the oldest known recordings of Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra, predating Cugat's tenure at the Waldorf Astoria. Culled from obscure 1932 Western Electric transcription platters, these delightful performances were waxed in Los Angeles only months before Cugat took his act to New York. The beautiful "Lamento Borincano" has been reinterpreted by dozens of modern musicians, perhaps most notably by martyred Chilean activist, guitarist, and folksinger Victor Jara. While some of these tracks are less than 120 seconds in duration, the graceful waltz "Noche Azul" stretches out to nearly four and a half minutes. The New York recordings, dating from 1934 and 1935, sound similarly austere and authentic when compared with records made by Cugat's orchestra only a few years later. There are more waltzes and less gringo vocalists in this collection than in most of Cugat's current discography. Thank goodness the British and the Czechs have reissued these gems of Latin American music recorded in North America during the Great Depression.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • Label: Harlequin Records
  • UPC: 008637217921
  • Catalog Number: 179
  • Sales rank: 180,457

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lamento Borincano (3:03)
  2. 2 Adios Muchachos (2:45)
  3. 3 Carmen de Cabaret (1:53)
  4. 4 Una Mas (3:06)
  5. 5 Mocosita (3:03)
  6. 6 Speak Easy (2:26)
  7. 7 Amanacer (1:29)
  8. 8 Cielito Lindo (1:58)
  9. 9 Jesusita (1:47)
  10. 10 Noche Azul (4:19)
  11. 11 La Mancornadoro (3:19)
  12. 12 Clavel del Aire (3:25)
  13. 13 Porque? (3:18)
  14. 14 Tango de la Jalousie (3:29)
  15. 15 Dream Tango (2:24)
  16. 16 Tango de la Rosa (2:51)
  17. 17 Pierrot Waltz (3:15)
  18. 18 The Continental (2:50)
  19. 19 The Carioca (1:30)
  20. 20 Speak Easy (2:26)
  21. 21 El Chivo (1:53)
  22. 22 One Night in Napoli (2:34)
  23. 23 Lady in Red (2:52)
  24. 24 Mama Inez (2:09)
  25. 25 Cigarette (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Xavier Cugat Primary Artist, Violin
Carmen Castillo Vocals
Alfredo Perez Trumpet, Drums
Park Peters Piano
Don Reid Vocals
Nilo Menendez Piano
Pedro Berrios Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy Ray Vocals
Fausto Delgado Vocals
Alberto Calderon Drums
Reymundo González Marimbas, Vocals
Nico López Bongos
Catalino Rolón Maracas
Ruben Moss Clarinet
Eddie Durant Guitar
Dorothy Miller Vocals
La Chirribanda Trumpet
Philip Hart Trumpet
Technical Credits
Russ Freeman Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Con Conrad Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Herbert Magidson Composer
Allie Wrubel Composer
Pat DiNizio Composer
Bruce Bastin Liner Notes
Eliseo Grenet Composer
Charlie Crump Remastering
Edward Eliscu Composer
Mort Dixon Composer
L. Wolfe Gilbert Composer
Quirino Mendoza Composer
Julio César Sanders Composer
Cesar Vedani Composer
Gilbert Mamery Back Cover
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