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

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Fania
  • UPC: 846395071061
  • Catalog Number: 7106
  • Sales rank: 179,395

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Un Corazon - Johnny Lopez (2:44)
  2. 2 Solos Tu Y Yo - Johnny Lopez (2:52)
  3. 3 Mambo Macoco - Vicentico Valdés (2:57)
  4. 4 Abaniquito - Vicentico Valdés (2:50)
  5. 5 Titos Mambo - Vicentico Valdés (3:07)
  6. 6 Babalaqua - Bobby Escoto (2:52)
  7. 7 Baile Simon - Bobby Escoto (3:02)
  8. 8 Quiero Mi Tambo - Bobby Escoto (3:04)
  9. 9 Cuban Cutie (2:57)
  10. 10 A Burujon Puñao - Vicentico Valdés (3:13)
  11. 11 Babarabatiri - Vicentico Valdés (3:04)
  12. 12 Cuban Mambo - Vicentico Valdés (3:10)
  13. 13 Mambolero - Vicentico Valdés (2:50)
  14. 14 Mi Guaguanco - Vicentico Valdés (2:50)
  15. 15 Mambo La Roca (2:37)
  16. 16 Lo Dicen Todas - Vicentico Valdés (3:19)
  17. 17 Esy (2:54)
  18. 18 El Nuevo Mambo - Vicentico Valdés (2:41)
  19. 19 The Drinking Mambo (2:36)
  20. 20 Oye Lo Que Tiene El Mambo - Vicentico Valdés (3:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Soy Feliz - Vicentico Valdés (3:22)
  2. 2 No Lo Hago Mas - Vicentico Valdés (3:07)
  3. 3 Vibe Mambo (2:58)
  4. 4 Por La Mañana - Vicentico Valdés (2:47)
  5. 5 Willie and Ray Mambo (3:09)
  6. 6 Tinguaro (3:07)
  7. 7 Mambo Con Puente - Vicentico Valdés (3:02)
  8. 8 Baile Mi Mambo - Vicentico Valdés (3:02)
  9. 9 Tatalibába - Vicentico Valdés (3:10)
  10. 10 Guajeo En Dominante (2:42)
  11. 11 Mambo Gallego (2:47)
  12. 12 Quiereme Y Veras - Vicentico Valdés (2:48)
  13. 13 El Rey Del Timbal - Vicentico Valdés (2:58)
  14. 14 Que Lindo El Mambo (2:48)
  15. 15 Titoro (2:49)
  16. 16 Mamey Colorao' - Vicentico Valdés (2:52)
  17. 17 Camina Camaron - Vicentico Valdés (2:54)
  18. 18 Mari Juana - Vicentico Valdés (2:54)
  19. 19 Mambiando (3:11)
  20. 20 Mambo Suavecito - Vicentico Valdés (2:49)
Disc 3
  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 Tumbao' - Vicentico Valdés (3:13)
  12. 12 Penjamo - Vicentico Valdés (3:06)
  13. 13 Cuero 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 4
  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 Me 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
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
Israel "Cachao" Lopez 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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