The Best of Tito Puente: El Rey del Timbal!

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Summarizing Tito Puente's numerous accomplishments on a single CD would be impossible. El Rey del Timbal!, a 1997 disc spanning 1949-1987, barely scratches the surface -- but for Puente, a five-CD box set would also only scratch the surface. But this gem-laden collection does illustrate just how remarkably consistent the salsa legend was during the course of 38 years. El Rey del Timbal! kicks into high gear with 1949's "Ran-Kan-Kan" before treating listeners to such essential 1950s recordings as "Cao-Cao Mani Picao," "Cual Es Tu Idea," "Agua Limpia Todo," and "Oye Mi Guaguanco." Live versions of "Separala Tambien" and "A Gozar Timbero" from 1960 are superb, as is 1961's ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Summarizing Tito Puente's numerous accomplishments on a single CD would be impossible. El Rey del Timbal!, a 1997 disc spanning 1949-1987, barely scratches the surface -- but for Puente, a five-CD box set would also only scratch the surface. But this gem-laden collection does illustrate just how remarkably consistent the salsa legend was during the course of 38 years. El Rey del Timbal! kicks into high gear with 1949's "Ran-Kan-Kan" before treating listeners to such essential 1950s recordings as "Cao-Cao Mani Picao," "Cual Es Tu Idea," "Agua Limpia Todo," and "Oye Mi Guaguanco." Live versions of "Separala Tambien" and "A Gozar Timbero" from 1960 are superb, as is 1961's exuberant "T.P. on the Strip." Though salsa dominates the disc, Puente's Latin jazz output for Concord Picante in the 1980s is well represented by "El Rey del Timbal" and "Machito Forever." Die-hard Puente fans will notice that "Ban Ban Quiere," "Oye Como Va," and other essential hits are missing, but then no one said El Rey del Timbal! was all-inclusive. Again, it barely scratches the surface, but what a marvelous surface it is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/1997
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227281724
  • Catalog Number: 72817

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tito Puente Primary Artist, Leader, Timbales, Vibes
Ray Barretto Conga
Jorge Dalto Piano
Gene Quill Saxophone
Nick Travis Trumpet
Mary Fettig Saxophone
Marty Holmes Saxophone
Vicentico Valdés Maracas, Vocals
Francisco Aguabella Conga
Bob Ascher Trombone
John Audino Trumpet
Willie Bobo Conga
Sonny Bravo Piano
Eddie Caine Saxophone
Al Casamenti Guitar
Juan Cheda Choir, Chorus
Julio Collazo Conga
Frank Colon Conga
Santos Colon Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Guiro
Jeff Cressman Trombone
Al DeRisi Trumpet
Allen Fields Saxophone
Jimmy Frisaura Trumpet, Valve Trombone
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Alvin Gellers Piano
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Ray Gonzalez Trumpet
Joe Grimm Saxophone
Jerry Sanfino Saxophone
Dave Kurtzer Saxophone
Rolando Lozano Flute
Jose Madera Conga, Timbales
Bill Ortiz Trumpet
Gene Rapett Trumpet
Dan Reagan Trombone
Mario Rivera Flute, Saxophone
Bobby Rodriguez Bass
Piro Rodriguez Trumpet
Hale Rood Trombone
Pat Russo Trumpet
Mongo Santamaría Conga
John Santos Bongos
John Smith Guitar
Todd Sommer Drums
Carlos "Patato" Valdes Conga
Wayne Wallace Trombone
Harold Wegbreit Trumpet
Harvey Wainapel Saxophone
John Martinez Choir, Chorus
Luis Perez Conga
Luis Varona Piano
Robbie Kwock Trumpet
Jose Mangual Jr. Bongos
Vitín Avíles Choir, Chorus
Francisco Pozo Bongos
Shepp Pullman Saxophone
Gilberto Lopez Piano
Rafael Palau Saxophone
Francis Williams Trumpet
Pedro "Puchi" Boulong Trumpet
Otto Bolivar Choir, Chorus
Joe Rodríguez Timbales
Amado Vizoso Bass
Morty Trautman Trombone
Tito Puente & His Orchestra Track Performer
A.D. Jimenez Conga
Anatole Lorraine Trombone
Tony Buonpastore Saxophone
Larry Moser Trumpet
Peter Fanelli Saxophone
Frank Lo Pinto Trumpet
Technical Credits
Tito Puente Composer, Producer
Marty Gold Producer
Herman Diaz Jr. Producer
Bob Fisher Remastering
Carl Jefferson Producer
Gene Norman Producer
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Teddy Reig Producer
Fred Reynolds Producer
Johnnie Camacho Producer
Sevie Bates Art Direction
Alan Geik Liner Notes
Aida Periera Composer
J. C. Menendez Composer
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