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Rey de la Rumba (King of the Rumba)
     

El Rey de la Rumba (King of the Rumba)

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by Peret
 
The Tom Jones of Catalan Gypsy music, Spain's Peret was the flamenco innovator who fused rumba with funk, psychedelia, and glitzy pop back in the '70s. Now his big, brawny voice is paired with an eclectic gang of co-conspirators who take his classic tracks in even more audacious directions. Many of his guests are the lights of Spain's alternative pop and rock scene,

Overview

The Tom Jones of Catalan Gypsy music, Spain's Peret was the flamenco innovator who fused rumba with funk, psychedelia, and glitzy pop back in the '70s. Now his big, brawny voice is paired with an eclectic gang of co-conspirators who take his classic tracks in even more audacious directions. Many of his guests are the lights of Spain's alternative pop and rock scene, from Barcelona groovers Dusminguet (who turn in a Colombian-flavored "Yo Soy la Rumba") to the hilarious wiseguy wannabe Tonino Carotone (with a boozy "Es Preferible"), but international pals David Byrne (guesting on a bilingual "Si Fulano"), Parisian Cubanos Sergent Garcia ("El Muerto Vivo"), and Mexican hip-hoppers El Gran Silencio ("Borriquito") join in the fun. Fans of madcap fusion en español à la Manu Chao and King Chango will be especially taken with the old man's stylish comeback. Combining great hip-swivelin' tunes with brassy experiments (rumba drum 'n' bass, anyone?), Peret proves who's the real Gypsy king.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Peret first rocked the rumba back around 1970, and three decades on he's showing that he hasn't lost a creative step yet. Here he's electrified the music and given it a definite international edge, letting it flow in all manner of different contexts, from the more traditional style with Jarabe de Palo to salsa-frying the beat with France's Sergent Garcia and even adding bits of ragga and electronica into the mix. Does it work? Surprisingly, yes, it does, and very well. There's really only one annoying moment, with David Byrne doing his chattering Talking Heads schtick ("What if this guy was that guy?") on "Si Fulano." Get past that and you're home free with a disc that makes you realize the rumba always rocked -- it had been merely hiding its true colors. Peret's gritty voice gives an earthiness to the sound, taking the rhythm by the tail and dragging it along, while the guests -- and there are no shortage of them on this record -- become just the icing on the cake. Most certainly, even in his sixties, he remains ahead of the pack, offering a new light on a genre that's taken on the air of a museum piece. This shows it to be vital, and very much alive and kicking hard into the 21st century, as electric (and eclectic) as any fan could hope, thanks to a powerful rhythm section, the equal of any rock band in drive, but far more subtle and incisive. And when Peret does play his guitar, he can strum up a real storm.
Billboard
This is rumba with a post-modern attitude.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
Label:
Narada
UPC:
0724384999728
catalogNumber:
49997
Rank:
96679

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Performance Credits

Peret   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
David Byrne   Guitar,Vocals
Freddie Martínez   Mezcla
Bobby Allende   Percussion
Javier Anguera   Saxophone,Arreglos
Dani   Vocals
Angel Fernandez   Metales
Ricardo Moreno   Percussion,Bateria
Richard Moreno   Drums
Dan Reagan   Metales
José Jerez   Metales
Philippe Chauveau   Mezcla
Luis Dulzaides   Percussion
Cano   Guitar,Vocals
Manuel Malou   Guitar,Vocals,Arreglos,Coros
Jorge Tejerina   Percussion
Beto   Surdo
Sergio Castillo   Arreglos
Pablo Santaella   Metales
Jarabe de Palo   Track Performer
Fermin Muguruza   Vocals,Arreglos
Rubén Rodríguez   Bajo Sexto
Juan Maya   spanish guitar,Coros,Palmas
Joe Dworniak   Mezcla
Alex Tenas   Drums,Bateria
Richard Marsh   Mezcla
Jordi "Sugar Sweet" Mena   Electric Guitar
Gran Silencio   Vocals
Sergent Garcia   Vocals
Paloma   Vocals
Nan Mercader   Percussion
Bob Sands   Saxophone
Vincent Jogerst   Bajo Sexto,Coros
Carol C.   Vocals
Luis Miguel Baladrón   Bajo Sexto,Coros
Estopa   Track Performer
Dusminguet   Track Performer
Amparanoia   Track Performer
Matthew Simon   Trumpet
Mastretta   Organ,Bass,Clarinet,Guitar,Saxophone,Moog Synthesizer
Oscar Benavides   Guitar
David Aubaile   Flute,Karkabou
Nacho Lesco   Coros
Tonino Carotone   Vocals
Julien Chirol   Trombone
Jesús Lavilla   Arreglos
José Manuel Bernal   Trumpet
Toni Castells   Bateria
Nacho Mastretta   Piano,Bajo Sexto,Organo,Mezcla
Goar Iñurrieta   Electric Guitar
Juan José Puntas   Trombone
Elena Andújar   Vocals
Professor Angel Dust   Rap
Francesca "Sandokan" Antonozzi   Trumpet
Manuel Benitez   Guitar
Calabrita   Vocals,spanish guitar
Joan Carles Capdevila   Coros
Tonino Cartone   Vocals
Stefano Cecchi   Trumpet
Julio Cevallos   Trumpet
Julien "El Presi" Charlet   Bateria
Cuco   Moog Synthesizer,Bajo Sexto
Oscar Dominguez   Percussion,Vocals
Pau Dones   Vocals
"Bugs" Duny   Coros
Toni Garcia   Coros
Joan Garriga   Accordion,Vocals
Eva Gomariz   Coros,Palmas
Jose Marie Guillamo   Trombone
Norman Hugh   Trumpet
Pedro Reyes "Peret" Juan   Guitar,Vocals,Coros
Juanlu   Bajo Sexto
Ivan Darroman Montoya   Percussion,Coros
Pedrito Lucas   Piano,Coros
Ken Luis   Mezcla
Fabrizio Martinez   Trumpet
José Muñoz   Background Vocals,Coros
Paco Ibanez   Trumpet

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Producer
Tony Lujan   Engineer
Freddie Martínez   Engineer
Manuel Malou   Director,Programming,drum machine
Sergio Castillo   Producer
Kaki Arkarazo   Engineer
Renaud Letang   Engineer
Felix Rodriguez   Composer
Joe Dworniak   Producer
Richard Marsh   Engineer
Gran Silencio   Producer
Bob Sands   Vocal Arrangements
Dusminguet   Producer
Hermandad Chirusa Abajeña   Producer
Luis Baylon   Contributor
Nacho Mastretta   Producer
Jean Aparece   Producer,Contributor
Ojos de Brujo   Producer
Toni Garcia   Engineer,Executive Producer,Credits Director
Katarain   Engineer
Pedro Pubill Calaf   Composer
Ken Luis   Engineer
David Montoya   Engineer
Arly Valdes   Composer
Antonio Fernanadez   Composer
Guillermo Gonzales Arenas   Composer

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Es "Lo Maximo". Slick mix of gypsy, cubano and a Latin American cocktail lounge approach to the rumba. Puts the feet to movin', mano! It would be good for gringitos, too!