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The Complete 78s, Vols. 3-4: 1949-1955

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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, Vols. 3-4: 1949-1955 presents the final 76 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 -- 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 ...
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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, Vols. 3-4: 1949-1955 presents the final 76 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 -- 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 Charlie Palmieri, Mongo Santamaria, and Willie Bobo heard over these two volumes. The Complete 78s, Vols. 3-4: 1949-1955 is a treasure trove for Latin fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Fania
  • UPC: 846395071078
  • Catalog Number: 7107
  • Sales rank: 360,178

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bam Baram Bam Bam - Gilberto Monroig (3:08)
  2. 2 Picao' Y Tostao' - Gilberto Monroig (2:46)
  3. 3 The Silver Star - Gilberto Monroig (2:48)
  4. 4 El Alardoso - Gilberto Monroig (3:00)
  5. 5 Mambo Rama (2:25)
  6. 6 Tropicana (2:47)
  7. 7 Caravan Mambo (2:58)
  8. 8 Mambo Inn (2:33)
  9. 9 Philadelphia Mambo (2:43)
  10. 10 1626 Madison Avenue (2:25)
  11. 11 The Carioca (2:27)
  12. 12 Cool Mambo (2:29)
  13. 13 George Woods Mambo (3:04)
  14. 14 Confucius Mambo (2:27)
  15. 15 Baila Mi Cha Cha Cha (2:44)
  16. 16 Ya Lo Puedes Decir - Gilberto Monroig (3:08)
  17. 17 Cha Cha Cha (2:01)
  18. 18 Los Rumberos Se Van - Gilberto Monroig (2:19)
  19. 19 Bien Explicado - Gilberto Monroig (2:22)
  20. 20 Alma Muerta - Gilberto Monroig (2:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rico Melao (2:13)
  2. 2 El Espejo - Gilberto Monroig (2:59)
  3. 3 La Rumba Te Llama - Gilberto Monroig (2:48)
  4. 4 Los Cinco Sentidos - Gilberto Monroig (2:35)
  5. 5 La Gerigonza - Gilberto Monroig (2:42)
  6. 6 Chi Que Te Va Gustar - Gilberto Monroig (2:34)
  7. 7 Malcriada - Gilberto Monroig (2:44)
  8. 8 El Diablo De Esa Mujer - Gilberto Monroig (2:28)
  9. 9 I Love You Baby - Gilberto Monroig (2:07)
  10. 10 Bananas - Gilberto Monroig (2:04)
  11. 11 Mambo With Me (2:54)
  12. 12 Autumn In Rome (2:27)
  13. 13 Happy Heart (2:51)
  14. 14 Ran Kan Kan (3:08)
  15. 15 Adela (2:47)
  16. 16 The Man From Jamaica (2:36)
  17. 17 Cha Cha Mambo (2:50)
  18. 18 Oigan Mi Cha Cha Cha (2:49)
  19. 19 Mambo Lenko (2:52)
  20. 20 Cha Cha Bounce (2:56)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Mambo Típico (2:55)
  2. 2 Mambo Rumbón (2:45)
  3. 3 Almendra (2:53)
  4. 4 Mambolino (2:52)
  5. 5 Suavecito Cha Cha (2:49)
  6. 6 Mambo Con Cha Cha Cha (2:13)
  7. 7 Pare Cochero (2:41)
  8. 8 Coco May May (2:42)
  9. 9 Cogele Bien El Copas (2:28)
  10. 10 Cha Cha Cha For Lovers (2:46)
  11. 11 Carolina (2:28)
  12. 12 Enjoy My Cha Cha Cha (2:50)
  13. 13 Having a Ball (Rico Vacilón) (2:51)
  14. 14 Espinita (2:16)
  15. 15 Tito's Merengue (2:27)
  16. 16 The Fence (1:48)
  17. 17 The Knockout (2:34)
  18. 18 Hot Tamales (2:33)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Tee Pee Mambo (2:14)
  2. 2 Tj Mambo (2:42)
  3. 3 Prelude To Rhythm (2:42)
  4. 4 Mangue (2:18)
  5. 5 Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White (2:39)
  6. 6 All of You (2:46)
  7. 7 Coco Seco (2:21)
  8. 8 Los Marcianos (2:24)
  9. 9 Todos Bailan Mi Cha Cha Cha (2:34)
  10. 10 La Palma (2:31)
  11. 11 Cuidado Con La Mano (2:16)
  12. 12 Al Ritmo Del Cha Cha Cha (2:40)
  13. 13 Tito's Cha Cha Cha (2:41)
  14. 14 Cha Cha Guaguancó (2:39)
  15. 15 Invitation (2:49)
  16. 16 My Funny Valentine (2:39)
  17. 17 Totiri Mundachi (2:31)
  18. 18 Tarde De Cha Cha Cha (2:23)
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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
Richard Rodgers Composer
Bronislaw Kaper Composer
Enrique Jorrín Composer
Julio Gutierrez Composer
Mario Bauzá Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Marcelino Guerra Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Juan Tizol Composer
Bernie Wayne Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Facundo Rivero Composer
Rafael Lay Composer
Bobby Woodlen Composer
Pedro Justiz Composer
Felix Reyna Composer
Joe Conzo Producer
Jorge Mazon Composer
Rosendo Ruíz Composer
Grace Sampson Composer
Justi Barreto Composer
Alessandro Cicognini Composer
Antar Daly Composer
Jose Luis Delgado Composer
Andrés Echevarría Composer
Abelardo Valdés Composer
Mario Recio Composer
Gilberto Valdez Composer
Nicolas Jimenez Composer
Otilio Portal Composer
Francisco Fellove Composer
Bienvenido Julian Gutierrez Composer
B. Benjamin Composer
Rosendo Ruiz Jr. Composer
Miguel Banguela Composer
Estanisia Sevia Composer
Louis R. Bacalao Composer
Antonio Sánchez Jr. Composer
Luis Kaloff Composer
Ramón Monchito Composer
José Ramos Fajardo Composer
Antonio Cevedo Composer
Ernesto Brito Composer
Eliscu Edwards Composer
Lara Paquitan Composer
Antonio Nico Cevedo Composer
Mark David Composer
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