The Complete 78s, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Continuing what is perhaps the most admirable reissue campaign in Latin music history, The Complete 78s, Vol. 2 presents a subsequent 40 tracks of Tito Puente's earliest recordings as a leader. Originally, Emusica head Giora Breil had 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Continuing what is perhaps the most admirable reissue campaign in Latin music history, The Complete 78s, Vol. 2 presents a subsequent 40 tracks of Tito Puente's earliest recordings as a leader. Originally, Emusica head Giora Breil had 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 Charlie Palmieri, Mongo Santamaria, and Willie Bobo heard on volume two. In at least one area, however, Puente's band wasn't at its peak, and that was in the vocals. Vicentico Valdez is heard often on volumes one and two; while he's a fine singer, he is no equal of the great Cuban, Beny Moré. Several songs early on the first disc also include vocals from the pop-centric DeCastro Sisters, which push the set down a path it shouldn't have strayed. With classics such as "El Mambo Diablo," "Aprieta el Pollo," and "Mambo en Blues," The Complete 78s, Vol. 2 is a treasure trove for Latin fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Fania
  • UPC: 846395071030
  • Catalog Number: 7103
  • Sales rank: 244,794

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cuban Nightingale - The De Castro Sisters (2:24)
  2. 2 Tonight I Am In Heaven - The De Castro Sisters (2:57)
  3. 3 I Do - The De Castro Sisters (3:08)
  4. 4 Jumbalato - The De Castro Sisters (2:31)
  5. 5 La Guira - Vicentico Valdés (3:15)
  6. 6 La Gloria Eres Tu - Vicentico Valdés (3:10)
  7. 7 El Mambo Diablo (3:08)
  8. 8 Monterrey - Vicentico Valdés (2:57)
  9. 9 Ta' Bueno Pa' Bailar - Vicentico Valdés (2:44)
  10. 10 Aprieta El Pollo - Vicentico Valdés (3:15)
  11. 11 Este Es Tumbai' - Vicentico Valdés (3:13)
  12. 12 Penjamo - Vicentico Valdés (3:06)
  13. 13 Cuerno Na' Ma' - Vicentico Valdés (3:03)
  14. 14 Este Es Coco - Vicentico Valdés (3:03)
  15. 15 Temptation (2:16)
  16. 16 Autumn Leaves (3:06)
  17. 17 I Get a Kick Out of You (2:48)
  18. 18 What Is This Thing Called Love (2:31)
  19. 19 Guaguanco en Tropicana (3:18)
  20. 20 Tu Mi Amor Divino - Vicentico Valdés (2:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mambo en Blues - Vicentico Valdés (3:10)
  2. 2 Calypso Mambo (2:05)
  3. 3 Yambu Pa' Gozar - Vicentico Valdés (2:53)
  4. 4 Wampo - Vicentico Valdés (2:46)
  5. 5 Batanga (2:58)
  6. 6 Nueva Vida - Vicentico Valdés (3:01)
  7. 7 No Quieres O No Me Quieres - Vicentico Valdés (2:39)
  8. 8 Si Me Dices Que Si - Vicentico Valdés (2:54)
  9. 9 Palabras Calladas - Vicentico Valdés (2:42)
  10. 10 Preparen Candela - Vicentico Valdés (2:45)
  11. 11 Santo Suarez - Vicentico Valdés (2:52)
  12. 12 Que Caminaito - Vicentico Valdés (2:38)
  13. 13 Salta Perico - Vicentico Valdés (3:00)
  14. 14 Luna Yumurina - Vicentico Valdés (3:04)
  15. 15 Rainfall (2:40)
  16. 16 The Continental (2:47)
  17. 17 Mambo Birdland (2:35)
  18. 18 Mambo City (2:22)
  19. 19 Mambo Mist (2:59)
  20. 20 Mambo Night (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tito Puente Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Tito Puente Composer
Bebo Valdés Composer
Eddie Heywood Composer
Vicentico Valdés Composer
Con Conrad Composer
Osvaldo Farrés Composer
Bernie Green Composer
René Hernández Composer
Herbert Magidson Composer
Rogelio Martínez Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Jacques Prévert Composer
Juan Bruno Tarraza Composer
Mario Hernandez Composer
Giraldo Piloto Composer
Jose Mendez Composer
Enrique Benitez Composer
Joe Conzo Producer
Joseph Kosma Composer
Don George Composer
Gabriel Ruíz Composer
Luis Reyes Composer
Tony Tejera Composer
Justi Barreto Composer
Juan Blez Composer
Sherman Feller Composer
Alberto Vera Composer
Alberto Vera Morua Composer
Bruce Siever Composer
Ruben Mendez Composer
Jose a. Zorrilla Composer
Ramos Severino Composer
Miguel Espinosa Composer
Urbano Montiel Composer
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