Quatro: The Definitive Collection

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Quatro: The Definitive Collection assembles four truly classic Tito Puente albums recorded between 1955 and 1960 for RCA, and adds a disc of outtakes, alternate takes, and rarities in a lavishly designed limited-edition box set. The box is 6" x 6" with each album housed individually in a thick cardboard sleeve with back and front facsimile cover art. These four albums were cut in chronological order: Cuban Carnival (1956), Night Beat (1957), Dance Mania (1958), and Revolving Bandstand (1960), the last recorded in collaboration with the Buddy Morrow Orchestra. Hardcore Puente fans will already have everything here -- in 2002 the complete RCA recordings from 1949-1960 were ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Quatro: The Definitive Collection assembles four truly classic Tito Puente albums recorded between 1955 and 1960 for RCA, and adds a disc of outtakes, alternate takes, and rarities in a lavishly designed limited-edition box set. The box is 6" x 6" with each album housed individually in a thick cardboard sleeve with back and front facsimile cover art. These four albums were cut in chronological order: Cuban Carnival (1956), Night Beat (1957), Dance Mania (1958), and Revolving Bandstand (1960), the last recorded in collaboration with the Buddy Morrow Orchestra. Hardcore Puente fans will already have everything here -- in 2002 the complete RCA recordings from 1949-1960 were released in two volumes. But context is everything. These albums were recorded after Puente exhausted his original relationship with Tico. (There he cut 156 songs between 1949 and 1955 that appealed to serious Latin music fans as opposed to making Latin music for more general audiences -- though he had been recording for RCA simultaneously.) But Puente got his way with the majors on these four albums. He made no concessions creatively. The end result in virtually every case here is stunning, beginning with the burning Cuban Carnival and its hit, "Pa' los Rumberos." This is such an enduring tune that the bonus disc includes seven outtakes in varying lengths. Its follow-up, Night Beat, featured Willie Bobo, Mongo Santamaría, and Bobby Rodriguez in its rhythm section and a young Doc Severinsen on trumpet. Dance Mania took not only the mambo dance scene of the United States by storm, but was also a smash in Puerto Rico. It is regarded as one of the 25 most significant recordings of the 20th century by The New York Times. Wildly creative, it features the major-label debuts of two historic figures in Latin music: conguero Ray Barretto, who replaced Santamaría, and vocalist Santitos Colon. The latter remained with Puente for nearly 15 years. To some, Revolving Bandstand once sounded like a curiosity piece, but it is now regarded as a visionary Latin recording. Puente's and Morrow's bands were recorded simultaneously, playing call and response with different charts on a series of standards, one playing jazz rhythms, the other Latin rhythms. Arrangements were handled by Puente and George Williams. The bonus disc includes Puente's first RCA single, "Ran Kan Kan" b/w "Timbal y Bongó" (his biggest single ever), the aforementioned outtakes, alternates of two tunes from the Revolving Bandstand sessions, and two tracks that didn't make the album -- "Moonlight in Vermont" and "La Virgen de la Macarena." Taken together, these three-plus hours of music offer not only hardcore fans a gorgeously packaged collection of deluxe remasters, but in context a unique hearing of a period when Puente literally changed musical history. For anyone compelled by any of his other recordings who doesn't yet have these, Quatro: The Definitive Collection is a prime opportunity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Label: Sony U.S. Latin
  • UPC: 887254698821
  • Catalog Number: 546988
  • Sales rank: 160,310

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Elegua Chango (5:14)
  2. 2 Cuál Es la Idea (3:21)
  3. 3 Pa' Los Rumberos (3:23)
  4. 4 Que Sera (3:26)
  5. 5 Oye mi guaguanco (3:36)
  6. 6 Yambeque (Mambo Yambu) (3:47)
  7. 7 Happy Cha-Cha-Cha (2:36)
  8. 8 Mambo Buda (2:55)
  9. 9 Cha-Cha de Pollos (2:49)
  10. 10 Guaguanco Margarito (3:32)
  11. 11 Cuban Fantasy (1:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Night Beat (2:58)
  2. 2 Mambo Beat (4:10)
  3. 3 Sea Breeze (3:24)
  4. 4 Emerald Beach (3:32)
  5. 5 The Late, Late Scene (2:54)
  6. 6 Carioca (2:18)
  7. 7 Night Ritual (7:17)
  8. 8 Malibu Beat (2:29)
  9. 9 Flying Down To Rio (2:21)
  10. 10 Night Hawk (2:33)
  11. 11 Live A Little (2:52)
Disc 3
  1. 1 El Cayuco (2:38)
  2. 2 Complicación (3:23)
  3. 3 3-D Mambo (2:25)
  4. 4 Llego Mijan (Son Montuno) (3:14)
  5. 5 Cuando Te Vea (Guaguanco) (4:15)
  6. 6 Hong Kong Mambo (3:48)
  7. 7 Mambo Gozon (2:47)
  8. 8 Mi Chiquita Quiere Bembé (3:57)
  9. 9 Varsity Drag (2:52)
  10. 10 Estoy Siempre Junto a Ti (3:14)
  11. 11 Agua Limpia Todo (2:57)
  12. 12 Saca Tu Mujer (3:04)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Bahia (Na Baixa Do Sapateiro) - Tito Puente Orchestra (2:05)
  2. 2 I Concentrate On You - Tito Puente Orchestra (3:15)
  3. 3 Autumn Leaves - Tito Puente Orchestra (3:11)
  4. 4 Harlem Nocturne - Tito Puente Orchestra (2:43)
  5. 5 Kiss of Fire - Tito Puente Orchestra (3:10)
  6. 6 The Continental - Tito Puente Orchestra (2:39)
  7. 7 Blue Moon - Tito Puente Orchestra (2:36)
  8. 8 Temptation - Tito Puente Orchestra (3:32)
  9. 9 So in Love - Tito Puente Orchestra (2:40)
  10. 10 Baby Won't You Please Come Home - Tito Puente Orchestra (2:21)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Ran Kan Kan (3:01)
  2. 2 Timbal Y Bongó (2:59)
  3. 3 Pa' Los Rumberos (0:24)
  4. 4 Pa' Los Rumberos (0:30)
  5. 5 Pa' Los Rumberos (0:18)
  6. 6 Pa' Los Rumberos (1:11)
  7. 7 Pa' Los Rumberos (1:17)
  8. 8 Pa' Los Rumberos (3:39)
  9. 9 Pa' Los Rumberos (3:09)
  10. 10 The Continental - Buddy Morrow Orchestra (2:34)
  11. 11 Blue Moon - Buddy Morrow Orchestra (2:38)
  12. 12 Moonlight in Vermont - Buddy Morrow Orchestra (3:04)
  13. 13 La Virgen De La Macarena - Buddy Morrow Orchestra (2:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tito Puente Primary Artist, Leader, Marimbas, Timbales, Choir, Chorus, Vibes
Ray Barretto Percussion, Conga
Eddie Bert Trombone
Phil Bodner Flute, Saxophone
Will Bradley Trombone
Sam Donahue Flute, Saxophone
Buddy Morrow Trombone, Leader
Gene Quill Saxophone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Nick Travis Trumpet
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Willie Rodriguez Drums
Marty Holmes Flute, Saxophone
Vicentico Valdés Choir, Chorus
Bob Ascher Trombone
Willie Bobo Bongos, Cuban Percussion
Candido Camero Cuban Percussion
Al Casamenti Guitar
Julio Collazo Conga
Howard Collins Guitar
Al DeRisi Trumpet
Lyle Dedrick Trumpet
Allen Fields Flute, Saxophone
Jimmy Frisaura Trumpet
John Frosk Trumpet
Alvin Gellers Piano
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Joseph Grimaldi Saxophone
Jerry Sanfino Flute, Saxophone
Dave Kurtzer Flute, Saxophone
Steve Lipkins Trumpet
Jose Madera Flute, Saxophone
Jimmy Maxwell Trumpet
Romeo Penque Reeds
Bobby Rodriguez Bass
Ray Rodriguez Percussion, Bongos
Pat Russo Trumpet
Mongo Santamaría Conga, Cuban Percussion
Sol Schlinger Flute, Saxophone
Doc Severinsen Trumpet
Chauncey Welsch Trombone
Luis Varona Piano
William Slapin Flute, Saxophone
Jose Mangual Jr. Bongos
Santitos Colon Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Guiro
Vitín Avíles Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Shepp Pullman Flute, Saxophone
Gilberto Lopez Piano
Rafael Palau Flute, Saxophone
Francis Williams Trumpet
Pedro "Puchi" Boulong Trumpet
Sam Seavors Trumpet
Sam Takvorian Trombone
Morty Trautman Trombone
Richard Henry Flute, Saxophone
Tito Puente & His Orchestra Vocals
Tom Alfano Flute, Saxophone
Martin Holmes Saxophone
Otto Olivar Choir, Chorus
Lawrence Brooks Trumpet
Tony Buonpastore Saxophone
Santo Ruso Trombone
Larry Moser Trumpet
Joe Marshall Drums
Tony Derisi Trumpet
Andres Merenguito Forda Trumpet
Myron D. Shain Trumpet
George Lopez Trumpet
Carlos Valdez Conga, Cuban Percussion
Robert Ascher Trombone
Peter Fanelli Flute, Saxophone
Leon Merian Trumpet
Frank Lo Pinto Trumpet
Vince Carbone Flute, Saxophone
Chino Pozo Bongos
Jerome Kail Trumpet
Ted Sommer Drums
Ed Caine Flute, Saxophone
John Rodríguez Cuban Percussion
Frank Rehack Trombone
James William Cobb Drums
Harry Galbraith Guitar
Gene Zuizz Saxophone
Gene Rapetti Trumpet
El Viejo Muchacho Vocals
Allen Lehvterd Saxophone
Sonny Rosso Trombone
Richard Hixson Trombone
Raymond Concepción Piano
Manuel Patot Bass
Technical Credits
Tito Puente Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Ray Bryant Composer
Buddy Morrow Liner Notes
George Williams Arranger
Vincent Youmans Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Marty Holmes Composer
Francisco Aguabella Composer
Ray Coen Composer
Con Conrad Composer
Mickey Crofford Engineer
Mike Fuller Remastering
Lorenz Hart Composer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Richard Joseph Liner Notes
Gus Kahn Composer
Herbert Magidson Composer
Eddy Manson Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Fred Reynolds Producer
Bob Simpson Engineer
Clarence Williams Composer
Acy Lehman Art Direction
Valério Do Carmo Graphic Design, Art Direction, Layout
Joe Conzo Producer, Liner Notes, Memorabilia
Edward Eliscu Composer
John Blackburn Composer
Karl Suessdorf Composer
Lester Allen Composer
Charles Warfield Composer
Robert Hill Composer
Julio Bagué Liner Notes
Silvestre Méndez Composer
Normahl Composer
Bernardino Bautista Monterde Composer
A.K. Salim Composer
N. Brown Composer
A. Barroso Composer
Earle Hagen Composer
Calero Composer
Errol Brown Composer
Anthony Gonzalez Liner Notes, Graphic Design, Art Direction, Layout
Cesar Ochoa Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Art Direction
Dana Yamaki Tape Research
Joseph Kosha Composer
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