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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
This collection of symphonically inflated south-of-the-border pops is an American tourist's idea of Latin music -- and there's a place for that; it all depends upon the execution and the freshness of the arrangements. The execution is there; Erich Kunzel & the Cincinnati Pops display an undeniable zest and affection for the material here. But oh, those charts. Every twitchy Tropicana cliché in the book from the middle of the 20th century is seemingly invoked in these deliberately kitschy treatments of the usual chestnuts. And you can guess what the tunes are: "Brazil," "Cielito Lindo," "Granada," "Tico Tico," "Carioca," "Besame Mucho," "Mexican Hat Dance," "The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
This collection of symphonically inflated south-of-the-border pops is an American tourist's idea of Latin music -- and there's a place for that; it all depends upon the execution and the freshness of the arrangements. The execution is there; Erich Kunzel & the Cincinnati Pops display an undeniable zest and affection for the material here. But oh, those charts. Every twitchy Tropicana cliché in the book from the middle of the 20th century is seemingly invoked in these deliberately kitschy treatments of the usual chestnuts. And you can guess what the tunes are: "Brazil," "Cielito Lindo," "Granada," "Tico Tico," "Carioca," "Besame Mucho," "Mexican Hat Dance," "The Girl From Ipanema," Barry Manilow's infernal "Copacabana," and more. The music conjures images of ladies with baskets of fruit on their heads or loud, affluent, middle-aged American males in shorts and hats with cameras dangling, trying to do the mambo. Guest trumpeter/toreador Doc Severinsen does his best bullfight fanfare in "La Virgen de la Macarena" and fellow Tonight Show veterans Tommy Newsom and John Bambridge help out with some of the arrangements catch the latter's clever Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony" reference in the middle of "El Cumbanchero". One longs in vain for a taste of the real thing -- say, a roaring symphonic showpiece by a Latin classical composer. But, of course, that's not the premise of this CD -- a look at how American commercial pop integrated Latin influences -- and all a listener can do is go with it or not. For another view, try Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops' The Latin Album, which mixes incendiary pieces by Ginastera, Moncayo, Guarneri, and others with the tourista material, thus creating a better balance -- and a far better program -- than the Kunzel disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/1990
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408023521
  • Catalog Number: 80235
  • Sales rank: 121,478

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tico-Tico-No Fubá - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:21)
  2. 2 Granada - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:42)
  3. 3 La Virgen de la Macarena - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:42)
  4. 4 España Cañi - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (4:57)
  5. 5 Estrellita - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (6:45)
  6. 6 El Carretero - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (2:22)
  7. 7 El Cumbanchero - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (2:22)
  8. 8 Brazil - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:22)
  9. 9 Carioca - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:37)
  10. 10 The Girl from Ipanema - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:28)
  11. 11 South of the Border - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:01)
  12. 12 Sweet and Gentle - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:16)
  13. 13 Tequila - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (4:01)
  14. 14 Lambada - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (2:25)
  15. 15 Siboney - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:57)
  16. 16 Desafinado - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (2:40)
  17. 17 Besame Mucho - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:42)
  18. 18 Chiquita Banana - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (2:56)
  19. 19 Mexican Hat Dance - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:12)
  20. 20 Cielito Lindo - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (2:40)
  21. 21 Copacabana (At the Copa) - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Erich Kunzel Primary Artist
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Track Performer
Doc Severinsen Trumpet
Technical Credits
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Richard Hayman Arranger
Carmen Dragon Arranger
Warren Barker Arranger
Tommy Newsom Arranger
John Bambridge Arranger
Norman Gimbel Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Eric Knight Arranger
Jack Renner Engineer
Al Stillman Composer
Robert Woods Producer
Carlos Fernandez Composer
Anilda Carrasquillo Cover Design
Robert Derwae Liner Notes
Ray Kirschensteiner Art Direction
Charles Koff Arranger
Alberto Ribeiro Composer
Joao de Barro Composer
Traditional Composer
Bernardo Bautista Monterde Composer
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