Rey [Fania]

Rey [Fania]

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by Tito Puente
     
 

Fania had already gone the completist route with Tito Puente, compiling all of his earliest 78-rpm recordings from the '40s and '50s, but El Rey represents something else: an excellent career summation of the man who meant more to Latin music than anyone else during the last half of the 20th century. Mambo leader extraordinaire, father of salsa music, and…  See more details below

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Fania had already gone the completist route with Tito Puente, compiling all of his earliest 78-rpm recordings from the '40s and '50s, but El Rey represents something else: an excellent career summation of the man who meant more to Latin music than anyone else during the last half of the 20th century. Mambo leader extraordinaire, father of salsa music, and standard-bearer for virtuoso Latin music through its eventual fusion with jazz during the '80s and '90s, Puente's personality and performances (in concert or on The Cosby Show) often obscured the brilliance of his recordings, but the 45 recordings heard here -- ranging from 1949 through 1981, all originally released on the Tico label and placed in chronological order -- put the focus back on what he set down with his excellent band. The set begins with his earliest and best mambos, "Ran Kan Kan" and "Mambo Inn" and "Abaniquito," then spends well over an hour focusing on his work of the '60s, when "Agua-Nile" and "Oye Como Va" and "Caribe" showed Latin audiences and a huge number of crossover fans that Latin music had both high energy and extraordinary finesse. The second disc shows Puente moving into the '70s, adding to his palette with records like 1973's Tito Puente and His Concert Orchestra (which gets several numbers here).

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2010
Label:
Fania
UPC:
0846395080032
catalogNumber:
8003

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Abaniquito  - Vicentico Valdés
  2. Vibe Mambo
  3. El Mambo Diablo
  4. Mambo Inn
  5. Ran Kan Kan
  6. Stick on Bongo
  7. Caramelos  - Santos Colon
  8. Timbalero  - Rudy Calzado
  9. Agua-Nile  - Santos Colon
  10. Sambaroco
  11. Baba Mi  - Bobby Escoto
  12. Oye Como Va  - Santos Colon
  13. Tokyo de Noche
  14. Loco Bossa Nova
  15. Barbarabatiri  - Santos Colon
  16. Kwa Kwa  - Santos Colon
  17. Ay Cariño  - Santos Colon
  18. Cochise
  19. Caribe
  20. Mas Bajo
  21. Timbalito  - Santos Colon
  22. Jumpin' with Symphony Sid
  23. Corta El Bonche  - Santos Colon
  24. La Guarachera  - Celia Cruz
  25. Oriente  -  Lupe

Disc 2

  1. Algo Nuevo
  2. Chan
  3. Safari
  4. TP's Shing-A-Ling  - Santos Colon
  5. Hit The Bongo
  6. Observalo
  7. Batuka
  8. Niña y Señora
  9. Para Los Rumberos
  10. El Rey del Timbal  - Frankie Figueroa
  11. Picadillo
  12. Black Brothers
  13. Wata Wasuri
  14. Margie's Mood
  15. Tito's Odyssey/La Odisea de Tito
  16. La Leyenda  - Santos Colon
  17. Fiesta a la King
  18. Que Bueno Baila Usted  - Adalberto Santiago
  19. Generación Del 80  - Frankie Figueroa
  20. Guaguancó Arsenio  -  Azuquita

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tito Puente   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Rubén Blades   Composer
Beny Moré   Composer
Tito Puente   Arranger,Composer
Lester Young   Composer
Lupe   Composer
John Storm Roberts   Source Material
Mario Bauzá   Composer
João Donato   Composer
John Rodriguez   Source Material
Chuck Stewart   Cover Photo
Rafael DaVila   Composer
Ray Santos   Composer
Roberto Puentes   Composer
Jose Curbelo   Composer
Alex Abrash   Remastering
Joe Conzo   Source Material
Jay Martínez   Composer
Guille Averhoff   Composer
Justi Barreto   Composer
Antar Daly   Composer
Bobby Escoto   Composer
Nick Jiménez   Composer
Jim Payne   Source Material
Alberto Ruiz   Composer
Andrew Mason   Liner Notes
Federico Baena   Composer
Richard Meza   Composer
Frankie Colón   Composer
Steven Loza   Source Material
Josephine Powell   Source Material

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