CD The Best of the Mambo, Vol. 1 [RCA International] (CD 1070325),
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The Best of the Mambo, Vol. 1 [RCA International]

  • 1. Zambia - Machito (live)
    2. Mambo No. 5 - Prez Prado
    3. Take the "A" Train - Tito Puente
    4. Babarabatiri - Prez Prado/Beny Mor
    5. Claves for Mambo - Tito Rodriguez
    6. Mambo Jambo - Prez Prado
    7. Bonito y Sabroso - Rafael de la Paz/Beny Mor/Rafael De Paz
    8. Cao Cao Mani Picao - Tito Puente/Vicentico Valds
    9. Maraibo - Noro Morales
    10. Mango Mangue - Aldemaro Romero
    11. Peanut Vendor, The - Prez Prado
    12. Hong Kong Mambo - Tito Puente
    13. Que Bueno Baila Usted - Beny Mor
    14. Sabroso Mambo - Tito Rodriguez
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 64617

  • Credits

    Personnel: Miguel de Gonzalo, Beny Mor (vocals); Joe Carioca (guitar); Lenny Hambro (alto saxophone); Dave Kurtzer (baritone saxophone); Maynard Ferguson, El Negro Vivar (trumpet); Generoso "El Tojo" Jimnez (trombone); Arturo Azenzer, Noro Morales (piano); Tito Puente (xylophone).
    Liner Note Author: Domingo G. Echevarria.
    Recording information: Havana, Cuba (??/??/1949-12/07/1957); Hollywood, CA (??/??/1949-12/07/1957); Mexico City, Mexico (??/??/1949-12/07/1957); New York, NY (??/??/1949-12/07/1957).
    Arrangers: Generoso "El Tojo" Jimnez; Noro Morales; Prez Prado; Ren Hernndez; Tito Puente.
    It's a tough task to live up to the title, but this RCA collection spans the handful of artists who meant most to the mambo during the '50s: Prez Prado, Beny Mor, Tito Puente, Machito, Tito Rodriguez, and Noro Morales. The track listing is stellar as well, gathering Prado's "Mambo No. 5" and "The Peanut Vendor," Mor's "Babarabatiri" and "Que Bueno Baila Usted," Morales' "Maracaibo," Machito's "Zambia," and Puente's "Hong Kong Mambo." Collecting 14 tracks is a greater accomplishment than most other Latin compilations, and The Best of the Mambo, Vol. 1 is quite a cheap purchase as well. If you're looking for a short, sharp collection of high-energy mambo, this is it, bar none. ~ John Bush

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