El Rey [Fania]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
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: 9/14/2010
  • Label: Fania
  • UPC: 846395080032
  • Catalog Number: 8003
  • Sales rank: 55,067

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Abaniquito - Vicentico Valdés (2:49)
  2. 2 Vibe Mambo (2:58)
  3. 3 El Mambo Diablo (3:08)
  4. 4 Mambo Inn (2:33)
  5. 5 Ran Kan Kan (3:08)
  6. 6 Stick on Bongo (2:39)
  7. 7 Caramelos - Santos Colon (2:18)
  8. 8 Timbalero - Rudy Calzado (3:39)
  9. 9 Agua-Nile - Santos Colon (3:35)
  10. 10 Sambaroco (3:30)
  11. 11 Baba Mi - Bobby Escoto (2:44)
  12. 12 Oye Como Va - Santos Colon (4:33)
  13. 13 Tokyo de Noche (2:33)
  14. 14 Loco Bossa Nova (2:17)
  15. 15 Barbarabatiri - Santos Colon (3:41)
  16. 16 Kwa Kwa - Santos Colon (2:23)
  17. 17 Ay Cariño - Santos Colon (4:06)
  18. 18 Cochise (2:54)
  19. 19 Caribe (3:21)
  20. 20 Mas Bajo (3:13)
  21. 21 Timbalito - Santos Colon (2:10)
  22. 22 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (1:54)
  23. 23 Corta El Bonche - Santos Colon (4:17)
  24. 24 La Guarachera - Celia Cruz (2:43)
  25. 25 Oriente - La Lupe (4:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Algo Nuevo (1:55)
  2. 2 Chan (3:07)
  3. 3 Safari (5:06)
  4. 4 TP's Shing-A-Ling - Santos Colon (2:50)
  5. 5 Hit The Bongo (3:40)
  6. 6 Observalo (3:12)
  7. 7 Batuka (3:19)
  8. 8 Niña y Señora (4:31)
  9. 9 Para Los Rumberos (4:05)
  10. 10 El Rey del Timbal - Frankie Figueroa (3:13)
  11. 11 Picadillo (3:08)
  12. 12 Black Brothers (4:19)
  13. 13 Wata Wasuri (3:22)
  14. 14 Margie's Mood (2:49)
  15. 15 Tito's Odyssey/La Odisea de Tito (5:45)
  16. 16 La Leyenda - Santos Colon (5:04)
  17. 17 Fiesta a la King (4:30)
  18. 18 Que Bueno Baila Usted - Adalberto Santiago (4:17)
  19. 19 Generación Del 80 - Frankie Figueroa (3:49)
  20. 20 Guaguancó Arsenio - Azuquita (4:12)
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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
La 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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