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Quatro: The Definitive Collection - Vinyl Record

by Tito Puente

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Sony Music Latin
180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 5 LPs Sealed
Over 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
6. Carioca
7. Night Ritual
8. Malibu Beat
9. Flying Down To Rio
10. Night Hawk
11. Live A Little

LP3 - Dance Mania
1. El Cayuco
2. Comlication
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
8. Temptation
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

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