Complete 78s, Vol. 3

Complete 78s, Vol. 3

by Tito Puente
     
 

Continuing what is perhaps the most admirable reissue campaign in Latin music history, The Complete 78s, Vol. 3 presents yet another 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, aSee more details below

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Continuing what is perhaps the most admirable reissue campaign in Latin music history, The Complete 78s, Vol. 3 presents yet another 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 three. In at least one area, however, Puente's band wasn't at its peak, and that was in the vocals. While Vicentico Valdez was heard often on volumes one and two, Gilberto Monroig takes over for most of the vocal features on volume three; he was a fine singer also, but again no equal of the great mambo vocalists. Still, The Complete 78s, Vol. 3 is a treasure trove for Latin fans.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
Label:
Fania
UPC:
0846395071047
catalogNumber:
7104

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Bam Baram Bam Bam  - Gilberto Monroig
  2. Picao' y Tostao'  - Gilberto Monroig
  3. The Silver Star  - Gilberto Monroig
  4. El Alardoso  - Gilberto Monroig
  5. Mambo Rama
  6. Tropicana
  7. Caravan Mambo
  8. Mambo Inn
  9. Philadelphia Mambo
  10. 1626 Madison Avenue
  11. The Carioca
  12. Cool Mambo
  13. George Woods Mambo
  14. Confucius Mambo
  15. Baila Mi Cha Cha Cha
  16. Ya Lo Puedes Decir  - Gilberto Monroig
  17. Cha Cha Cha
  18. Los Rumberos Se Van  - Gilberto Monroig
  19. Bien Explicado  - Gilberto Monroig
  20. Alma Muerta  - Gilberto Monroig

Disc 2

  1. Rico Melao
  2. El Espejo  - Gilberto Monroig
  3. La Rumba Te Llama  - Gilberto Monroig
  4. Los Cinco Sentidos  - Gilberto Monroig
  5. La Gerigonza  - Gilberto Monroig
  6. Chi Que Te Va Gustar  - Gilberto Monroig
  7. Malcriada  - Gilberto Monroig
  8. El Diablo de Esa Mujer  - Gilberto Monroig
  9. I Love You Baby  - Gilberto Monroig
  10. Bananas  - Gilberto Monroig
  11. Mambo with Me
  12. Autumn in Rome
  13. Happy Heart
  14. Ran Kan Kan
  15. Adela
  16. The Man from Jamaica
  17. Cha Cha Mambo
  18. Oigan Mi Cha Cha Cha
  19. Mambo Lenko
  20. Cha Cha Bounce

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tito Puente   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Charlie Palmieri   Composer
Tito Puente   Composer
Bebo Valdés   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
René Touzet   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Enrique Jorrín   Composer
Mario Bauzá   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Bernie Wayne   Composer
Facundo Rivero   Composer
Bobby Woodlen   Composer
Joe Conzo   Producer
Jorge Mazon   Composer
Grace Sampson   Composer
Justi Barreto   Composer
Alessandro Cicognini   Composer
Antar Daly   Composer
Andrés Echevarría   Composer
Mario Recio   Composer
Otilio Portal   Composer
B. Benjamin   Composer
Antonio Cevedo   Composer
Ernesto Brito   Composer
Eliscu Edwards   Composer
Lara Paquitan   Composer
Antonio Nico Cevedo   Composer

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