South America, Take It Away: 24 Latin Hits

South America, Take It Away: 24 Latin Hits

by Xavier Cugat
     
 
A serviceable introduction to the music of Xavier Cugat, this Living Era compilation focuses on the years 1935-1946. The material predates Cugat's glitzier lounge recordings from the 1950s and '60s, providing textbook examples of rhumbas, tangos, congas, boleros, and sambas. These charmingly old-fashioned "exotic" performances mingle traditional Latin American dance

Overview

A serviceable introduction to the music of Xavier Cugat, this Living Era compilation focuses on the years 1935-1946. The material predates Cugat's glitzier lounge recordings from the 1950s and '60s, providing textbook examples of rhumbas, tangos, congas, boleros, and sambas. These charmingly old-fashioned "exotic" performances mingle traditional Latin American dance music with North American pop sensibilities, using an attractive assemblage of guitars, flutes, reeds, violins, sanguine accordion, and mellifluous marimba. "The Lady in Red," a rhumba recorded April 1, 1935, was the inspiration for Louis Prima's famous swing rendition, waxed on May 17th of that year with clarinetist Pee Wee Russell. In addition to more or less authentic vocals by Chacha Aguilar, La Chata, Alfredo Valdez, and Cugat's wife, Carmen Castillo, this sampler features Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Don Reid, Lena Romay, Buddy Clark, and Leah Ray. The range of material is neatly representative of Cugat's standard repertoire, from suavely romantic to kicky and campy.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/1997
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625522327
catalogNumber:
5223

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Xavier Cugat   Primary Artist,Bandleader
Bing Crosby   Vocals
Dinah Shore   Vocals
Carmen Castillo   Vocals
Lena Romay   Vocals
Don Reid   Vocals
Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Buddy Clark   Vocals
Chacha Aguilar   Vocals
Alfredo Valdez   Vocals

Technical Credits

Gonzalo Roig   Composer
Colin Williams   Cover Art
Peter Dempsey   Producer,Liner Notes
Alberto Dominguez   Composer
Enrique Pedro Maroni   Composer
Augustin Rodriguez   Composer
Gerardo Hernán Matos Rodriguez   Composer
Jack Sherr   Composer
Vera Bloom   Composer
Pascual Contursi   Composer
Leonard Whitcup   Composer

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