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Quatro: The Definitive CollectionOver the course of his impressive artistic career, Tito Puente was a perennial and prolific innovator of Latin tropical music and Latin jazz of the highest caliber. Now thanks to Sony Music Latin, we all get to enjoy the four signature and landmark albums (artwork - front & back- as it originally appeared), along with a fifth bonus album, that truly defined the "American Icon" and his golden era:
"Cuban Carnival" (1956) is included with the original artwork. "Dance Mania" (1958) is the best-selling album of Tito's career. "Night Beat" (1957) became one of Latin jazz's seminal albums, while "Revolving Bandstand" (1960), considered the most innovative jazz recording of its time with the simultaneous inclusion of two big bands in the studio, is re-issued for the first time, with original artwork and liner notes.
This impressive and ever so unique package of 5 albums is being collectively released as Quatro - The Definitive Collection. A compendium that's like no other in the discography of Tito Puente, as it focuses on his early years, the RCA era of 1955-1960, so beloved by fans, critics and music historians.
Quatro - The Definitive Collection includes informative liner notes written by Joe Conzo (curator & music historian and author of the book "Mambo Diablo My Journey with Tito Puente"), a close friend of Tito Puente. It also contains never-before published facts and photos, plus previously unreleased artwork and alternate takes.
Among the other highlights and most interesting, informative features of this collection are the quotes from a plethora of musicians, producers and others who personally knew and/or worked with Tito over the course of his six-decade musical career.LP1 - Cuban Carnival
1. Elegua Chango
2. Cuál Es La Idea (What's the Idea)
3. Pa' Los Rumberos
4. Que Sera (What Is It?)
5. Oye mi guaguanco
6. Yambeque (Mambo Yambu)
7. Happy Cha-Cha-Cha
8. Mambo Buda
9. Cha-Cha De Pollos (Cha-Cha for Chicks)
10. Guaguanco Margarito
11. Cuban Fantasy
LP2 - Night Beat
1. Night Beat
2. Mambo Beat
3. Sea Breeze
4. Emerald Beach
5. The Late, Late Scene
7. Night Ritual
8. Malibu Beat
9. Flying Down To Rio
10. Night Hawk
11. Live A Little
LP3 - Dance Mania
1. El Cayuco
3. Three D Mambo
4. Liego Mijan (Son Montuno)
5. Cuando Te vea
6. Hong Kong Mambo
7. Mambo Gozon
8. Mi Chiquita Quiere Bembe
9. Varsity Drag (Mambo Jazz instrumental)
10. Estoy Siempre Junto a Ti
11. Agua Limpia Todo
12. Saca Tu Mujer
LP4 - Revolving Bandstand
1. Bahia (Na Baixa Do Sepateiro)
2. I Concentrate On You
3. Autumn Leaves
4. Harlem Nocturne
5. Kiss Of Fire
6. The Continental
7. Blue Moon
9. So In Love
10. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
LP5 - Bonus Edition
1. Ran Kan Kan
2. Timbal Y Bongo
3. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 1)
4. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 2)
5. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 3)
6. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 4)
7. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 5)
8. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 6)
9. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 7)
10. The Continental (alternate take)
11. Blue Moon (alternate take)
12. Moonlight in Vermont
13. La Virgen De La Macarena$109.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 5 LPs Sealed Buy Now
La Cuna (Speakers Corner)Ray Barretto disliked his music being labelled 'Latin Jazz' - yet the album La Cuna is one of the most memorable of this genre, since it amalgamates the diverse moods of both Americas. In this album, the expertise of the legendary producer Creed Taylor is combined with an all-star ensemble and the supreme musicality of the skilful jazz percussionist Barretto to create a tightly-knit performance. The title-giving opening number sails along merrily with a salsa swing, but then the soaring flute melodies and the powerful piano improvisations cool down the Caribbean rhythms. How the players mingle driving patterns with delicate melodies to form beautiful song is demonstrated best in Doloroso and also in Mambotango, whereby the latter exudes controlled coolness in the somewhat electric mood.
John Tropea leans seemingly intentionally towards Santana and his art of guitar-playing, and this is further enhanced by the late Joe Farrell's phenomenal performance.
A further tribute is paid to one of the greatest musicians ever to combine various styles and trends with a speeded-up version of Stevie Wonder's Pastime Paradise.
To conclude: if not Latin Jazz, then definitely Latin AND Jazz.
- Ray Barretto (conga, percussion)
- Joe Farrell (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute)
- John Tropea (guitar)
- Charlie Palmieri (piano,percussion)
- Carlos Franzetti (piano)
- Jeremy Wall (synthesizer)
- Francisco Centeno (bass)
- Steve Gadd, Mark Craney (drums)
- Willy Torres (vocal)
- Tito Puentes (timbales)
Recording: August 1979 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA
Production: Creed Taylor
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. La Cuna
4. The Old Castle
5. Pastime Paradise$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PerfectamundoPerfectamundo, the debut solo album from Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top guitarist/vocalist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
inductee, is a blend of Blues, Jazz, Latin and Rock, as Gibbons explores songs with a new backing band, The
BFG's, who are a handpicked group of musicians selected for this unique outing. The album itself was inspired by
Billy's early influence of Cuban Jazz and studying Latin percussion with Tito Puente at an early age, along with
being invited to the Havana Jazz Festival.1. Got Love If You Want It
2. Treat Her Right
3. You're What's Happenin', Baby
4. Sal Y Pimiento
5. Pickin' Up Chicks On Dowling Street
6. Hombre Sin Nombre
7. Quiero Mas Dinero
8. Baby Please Don't Go
9. Piedras Negras
11. Q-Vo$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mi TierraMi Tierra (English: My Homeland) is the third studio album by Cuban-American recording artist Gloria Estefan, released in 1993. Produced by husband Emilio Estefan, it is her first Spanish-language album and pays homage to her Cuban roots. The album features Cuban musical genres, including Boleros, Danzan and Son music. Recorded at Crescent Moon Studios in Miami, Florida and produced by Estefan's husband, Emilio Estefan, Mi Tierra features notable Latin musicians such as Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente, Cachao López, Chamin Correa and Paquito D'Rivera. Also Sheila E and Miami Sound Machine members Clay Ostwald and Jorge Casas play on the album.
The album was an international success, selling eight million copies worldwide as of 2006, the majority of listeners non-Hispanics. The album received favorable reviews from critics, who praised the album's production, songs and Estefan's vocals. Its success won the singer a Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album. Mi Tierra spawned no less than seven singles: Mi Tierra, Con Los Años Que Me Quedan, Tradición, Montuno, ¡Sí Señor!..., Mi Buen Amor and Ayer.1. Con Los Años Que Me Quedan
2. Mi Tierra
4. Mi Buen Amor
5. Tus Ojos
6. No Hay Mal Que Por Bien No Venga
7. ¡Si Señor!...
10. Hablemos El Mismo Idioma
11. Hablas De Mi
12. Tradicion$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now