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Dance Mania [Legacy Edition]
     

Dance Mania [Legacy Edition]

by Tito Puente & His Orchestra
 

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Dance Mania, Tito Puente's best-known and best-selling album, came ten years into his career, but at a time (1957) when the craze for mambo and Latin music was beginning to crest. (Another landmark LP, Pérez Prado's Havana 3 A.M., had been released the previous year, and Prado's "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" had hit number one in 1955.) Recorded

Overview

Dance Mania, Tito Puente's best-known and best-selling album, came ten years into his career, but at a time (1957) when the craze for mambo and Latin music was beginning to crest. (Another landmark LP, Pérez Prado's Havana 3 A.M., had been released the previous year, and Prado's "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" had hit number one in 1955.) Recorded as part of a just-signed exclusive contract with RCA and appearing in vibrant sound as part of the label's Living Stereo series, Dance Mania exploded with a series of tight arrangements, propulsive playing, and the features of new additions in vocalist Santos Colón and conguero Ray Barretto (who helped, in part, make up for the recent loss of Willie Bobo and Mongo Santamaria to Cal Tjader's group). Puente didn't dilute his sound for Dance Mania -- unlike the many commercial crossover LPs that were released by both established groups and ad hoc studio collectives -- but his hard mambos here were performed at tempos that encouraged dancing by more staid LP-buyers, slightly slower than the high paces of his Tico sides or Palladium shows. Brassy and swinging, yes, and certainly as precise as a great Latin band could get, but not as torrid as Spanish Harlem dancers would be accustomed to. Most were Puente originals, spanning mambo and cha-cha and guaguanco, and Dance Mania built the foundation for great Latin LPs to come. [The 2009 Legacy Edition was a two-CD program, including outtakes and contemporary sides from the original Dance Mania LP as well as the complete sessions from 1960's Dance Mania, Vol. 2.]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/26/2009
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886974471028
catalogNumber:
744710

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tito Puente & His Orchestra   Primary Artist
Ray Barretto   Conga
Tito Puente   Leader,Timbales,Vibes
Bob Ascher   Trombone
Willie Bobo   Timbales
Eddie Caine   Saxophone
Julio Collazo   Conga
Santos Colon   Vocals
Alvin Gellers   Piano
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Joseph Grimaldi   Saxophone
Dave Kurtzer   Saxophone
Gene Rapett   Trumpet
Ray Rodriguez   Bongos
Todd Sommer   Drums
Carlos "Patato" Valdes   Bongos,Conga
Gerald Sanfino   Saxophone
Shepp Pullman   Saxophone
Otto Bolivar   Vocals
Allen Lehrfeld   Saxophone
Victor Alves   Vocals
Tony Buonpastore   Saxophone
Larry Moser   Trumpet
Ramon "Mongo" Santamaria   Conga
Sam Scavone   Trumpet
Leon Merian   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Cachao   Composer
Tito Puente   Arranger,Composer
Marty Holmes   Composer
Miguel Matamoros   Composer
Francisco Aguabella   Composer
Julio Collazo   Composer
Amancio d'Silva   Composer
Paul Misraki   Composer
Chico O'Farrill   Composer
Mongo Santamaría   Composer
Osvaldo Estivill   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Charles Granata   Liner Notes
Jerry Rappaport   Producer,Reissue Producer
Joe Conzo   Liner Notes
Jose Ramon Martinez   Composer
Benjamin Cole   Composer
Pepe Delgado   Composer
Félix Reina   Composer
Santos   Composer
Jessy Guerra   Composer
Brown   Composer

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