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Voice of the Xtabay

  • 1. Taita Inty :: Virgin Of The Sun God
    2. Ataypura :: High Andes
    3. Accla Taqui :: Chant Of The Chosen Maidens
    4. Tumpa - (Earthquake Mix) :: Earthquake - (Earthquake Mix)
    5. Choladas :: Dance Of The Moon Festival
    6. Wayra :: Dance Of The Winds
    7. Monos - (Monkeys in the Jungle Mix) :: Monkeys - (Monkeys in the Jungle Mix)
    8. Xtabay :: Lure Of The Unknown Love
    9. K'arawi :: Planting Song
    10. Cumbe-Maita :: Calls Of The Andes
    11. Wak'al :: Cry
    12. Incacho :: Royal Anthem
    13. Chuncho :: The Forest Creatures
    14. Llulla Mak'ta :: Andean Don Juan
    15. Malaya! :: My Destiny
    16. Ripui :: Farewell
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 91217

  • Credits
    ProducerTom Cartwright; Jim Coffee; Malia Kleppinger; Marcia Wayte; Mike Roden; Margaret Goldfarb; Bernadette Fauver; Colleen Graven; Chance Johnson; Les Schwartz; Eli Okun; Wayne Watkins; Tom Cartwright (Reissue)

    Personnel includes: Yma Sumac (vocals); Les Baxter, Moises Vivanco (arranger, conductor).
    Personnel: Yma Sumac (vocals).
    Unknown Contributor Role: Yma Sumac.
    Arrangers: Les Baxter; Moiss Vivanco.
    Exotica began here in this historic 1950 meeting between the Peruvian "princess" Yma Sumac and Hollywood arranger Les Baxter. Neither Inca royalty nor a Bronx girl named Amy Camus as counter-legend had it, Sumac was raised an upper middle class Peruvian, but gifted with an uncanny multi-octave range. With such a powerful instrument at his disposable, the imaginatively resourceful Baxter proceeded to patch together musical bits and pieces from around the globe--gamelon orchestra, all manner of modal scales, ethnic percussion, impressionistic strings--into a fantasy concoction that has stayed surprisingly fresh after a half a century.
    There probably isn't anything here that wasn't first heard in Rimsky-Korsakov or Debussy, not to mention Max Steiner whose path-finding score for KING KONG remains the talisman for pop musical journeys to the unknown. Still, Baxter is a skillful orchestrator, especially of strings, and Sumac herself never falters in her tricky wordless improvisations. It was super kitschy stuff at the time and remains so, but retains a certain musical integrity, even timelessness, much like the stone god that hovers scowling above our ersatz princess on the famous album cover.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (10/95, p.148) - 3 Stars - Good - "...fascinating from first to last..."
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