Complete 78s,  Vol. 1

Complete 78s, Vol. 1

by Tito Puente
     
 

In what is perhaps the most admirable reissue campaign in Latin music history, Emusica head Giora Breil commissioned Joe Conzo to compile and annotate a four-volume collection from the dawn of Tito Puente's leadership of a band, a series of 156 songs recorded from 1949 to 1955 and released on the Tico label as 78 rpm records. Although PuenteSee more details below

Overview

In what is perhaps the most admirable reissue campaign in Latin music history, Emusica head Giora Breil commissioned Joe Conzo to compile and annotate a four-volume collection from the dawn of Tito Puente's leadership of a band, a series of 156 songs recorded from 1949 to 1955 and released on the Tico label as 78 rpm records. Although Puente was recording for RCA around the same time (those sides appear on The Complete RCA Recordings, Vol. 1), these Tico songs present a far different side of the Latin maestro, and there are few parallels between the material. Where Puente was recording plentiful swing crossovers for RCA ("Tuxedo Junction" and "Take the 'A' Train" in addition to his early masterpiece "Ran Kan Kan"), his material for Tico found him keeping mostly to what his core audience in Spanish Harlem wanted to hear: plentiful hard mambos with the occasional bolero or ballad and, overall, few direct concessions to mainstream music. This was the equivalent of Duke Ellington on OKeh or Charlie Parker on Dial -- recordings for the hardcore faithful that showed a band as it existed instead of as it wanted to be sold. However, despite assumptions either way, that doesn't necessarily make this a better or worse set than the fruits of the RCA years, and indeed, for a crossover audience whose numbers usually overwhelm the core base, Puente's Tico recordings will be less familiar and even less dynamic. But the level of musicianship was high, with future heroes Mario Bauzá and Mongo Santamaria heard throughout. In at least one area, however, Puente's band wasn't at its peak, and that was in the vocals. Vicentico Valdes is heard most often here, and although he's a fine singer, he is no equal of the great Cuban, Beny Moré (especially when he tries on a Moré classic like "Babarabatiri"). But even though it lacks the epoch-shifting importance of "Ran Kan Kan" or "Oye Como Va," The Complete 78s, Vol. 1 is a treasure trove for Latin fans.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
Label:
Fania
UPC:
0846395071023
catalogNumber:
7102

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Un Corazon
  2. Solos Tu Y Yo
  3. Mambo Macoco
  4. Abaniquito
  5. Titos Mambo
  6. Babalaqua
  7. Baile Simon
  8. Quiero Mi tambo
  9. Cuban Cutie
  10. A Burujon Puñao
  11. Babarabatiri
  12. Cuban Mambo
  13. Mambolero
  14. Mi Guaguanco
  15. Mambo La Roca
  16. Lo Dicen Todas
  17. Esy
  18. El Nuevo Mambo
  19. The Drinking Mambo
  20. Oye Lo Que Tiene El Mambo

Disc 2

  1. Soy Feliz
  2. No Lo Hago Mas
  3. Vibe Mambo
  4. Por La Mañana
  5. Willie and Ray Mambo
  6. Tinguaro
  7. Mambo Con Puente
  8. Baile Mi Mambo
  9. Tatalibába
  10. Guajeo En Dominante
  11. Mambo Gallego
  12. Quiereme y Veras
  13. El Rey Del Timbal
  14. Que Lindo El Mambo
  15. Titoro
  16. Mamey Colorao'
  17. Camina Camaron
  18. Mari Juana
  19. Mambiando
  20. Mambo Suavecito

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tito Puente   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Tito Puente   Composer
Arsenio Rodríguez   Composer
Bebo Valdés   Composer
Xavier Cugat   Composer
Vicentico Valdés   Composer
Marcelino Guerra   Composer
René Hernández   Composer
Jose Mendez   Composer
Pedro Justiz   Composer
Jose Curbelo   Composer
Carlos Crespo   Composer
Joe Conzo   Liner Notes
Florencio Santana   Composer
Ethel Smith   Composer
Antar Daly   Composer
Horacio de la Lastra   Composer
Pepe Delgado   Composer
Bobby Escoto   Composer
Marcos Perdomo   Composer
Johnny Lopez   Composer
William Taylor   Composer
Cachao   Composer
José Méndez   Composer
Juan Nuñez   Composer
Rafael Angullo   Composer
Juanito Blez   Composer
Juana M. Casas   Composer
José C. Méndez   Composer
Vicente Valdez   Composer

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