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Complete 78s, Vols. 1-2: 1949-1955
     

The Complete 78s, Vols. 1-2: 1949-1955

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 -- later reissued as a two-part series of box sets, each set having four discs -- from the dawn of Tito Puente's leadership of a band, a series of 156 songs recorded

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 -- later reissued as a two-part series of box sets, each set having four discs -- 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, Mongo Santamaría, Charlie Palmieri, and Willie Bobo heard here. The Complete 78s, Vols. 1-2: 1949-1955 is a treasure trove for Latin fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
Label:
Fania
UPC:
0846395071061
catalogNumber:
7106

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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
Eddie Heywood   Composer
Vicentico Valdés   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
Osvaldo Farrés   Composer
Bernie Green   Composer
Marcelino Guerra   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
Pedro Justiz   Composer
Jose Curbelo   Composer
Carlos Crespo   Composer
Joe Conzo   Producer,Liner Notes
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Don George   Composer
Gabriel Ruíz   Composer
Luis Reyes   Composer
Florencio Santana   Composer
Ethel Smith   Composer
Tony Tejera   Composer
Justi Barreto   Composer
Juan Blez   Composer
Antar Daly   Composer
Horacio de la Lastra   Composer
Pepe Delgado   Composer
Bobby Escoto   Composer
Sherman Feller   Composer
Alberto Vera   Composer
Marcos Perdomo   Composer
Johnny Lopez   Composer
Alberto Vera Morua   Composer
Bruce Siever   Composer
N. H. Brown   Composer
Ruben Mendez   Composer
Cachao   Composer
Juan Nuñez   Composer
Jose a. Zorrilla   Composer
Miguel Espinosa   Composer
Urbano Montiel   Composer
Rafael Angullo   Composer
Juanito Blez   Composer
Juana M. Casas   Composer
José C. Méndez   Composer
Vicente Valdez   Composer
William Taylor   Composer
Severino Ramos   Composer
José A. Méndez   Composer

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