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Lo Esencial
     

Lo Esencial

by Tito Puente
 
RCA has been stingy with Tito Puente's catalog. Sure, when the legendary Latin bandleader passed on in 2000, his golden-era label hastily released a six-disc set of his '50s and '60s material. But it was a slipshod affair, not the tribute he deserved and welcome only for cleaning up older tracks and putting them on disc. Lo Esencial, adding T.P. to Sony's

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RCA has been stingy with Tito Puente's catalog. Sure, when the legendary Latin bandleader passed on in 2000, his golden-era label hastily released a six-disc set of his '50s and '60s material. But it was a slipshod affair, not the tribute he deserved and welcome only for cleaning up older tracks and putting them on disc. Lo Esencial, adding T.P. to Sony's Essential series (the Japanese giant bought out RCA in the '80s), at least make some amends. Here, on one disc, you get the some of the music that revolutionized American dance floors, from the fiery Ran Kan Kan to the sultry Picadillo. You could, for the same price, pick up a stone-cold classic Puente album from the same era, like Dance Mania. But then you'd miss out on some of the gems here: "Ti Mon Bo," the most extended track at six minutes, or "Cao Cao Mani Picao," with vocals by the incomparable Vicentico Valdes. Then again, you'd be lacking "Cuando Te Vea," which this set skips over. Given the hundreds of Puente compositions and arrangements that made the New York timbalero one of the top Latin acts of the 20th century, there's bound to be this kind of give and take. One thing's for sure, while this might be your essential Puente, it won't be your last.

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Release Date:
04/12/2005
Label:
Sony U.S. Latin
UPC:
0037629570522
catalogNumber:
95705

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