- Released: October 15, 2004
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: BMG Special Product
- 1.La Comparsa
- 2.Desconfianza (Distrust)
- 3.La Faraona
- 4.Besame Mucho
- 5.The Freeway Mambo
- 7.Almendra (Almond)
- 9.El Manicero (Peanut Vendor)
- 11.Historia De Un Amor (The Story Of Love)
- 12.Mosaico Cubano (Cuban Sketch)
Personnel: Perez Prado (piano); Rene Bloch, Miguel Sanchez, Nash Maez, Don Robinson (saxophone); Maynard Ferguson, Ray Triscari, Tony Facciuto, Donald Dennis, Robert Mckinzie (trumpet); Dave Sanchez, Milton Bernhart (trombone); Joe Carioca (guitar); Marcus Morales, Carlos Sanchez (bass); Modesto Duran, Wilfredo Vincente, Eddie Gomez, Leo Acosta (percussion).
Recorded in Hollywood, California in 1956. Includes liner notes by Domingo G. Ecchevarria.
Recorded in 1956 as Perez Prado was at the height of his fame, HAVANA 3 A.M. bears witness to the talent that catapulted Prado to the top. Teamed with an excellent band that includes Maynard Ferguson, Prado delivers the goods his fans had come to expect.
Many Latin favorites, such as "Peanut Vendor" and "Besame Mucho," as well as a number of Prado originals including "La Farano," are featured here. Other Prado originals include "The Freeway Mambo," which foreshadows the bandleader's later experiments with mambo-rock, and "Mosaico Cubano," which presages Prado's ambitious tone poem suites of later years. Despite the traces of other sonic spices, mambo is the overriding flavor here. HAVANA 3 A.M. is one of Perez Prado's greatest collections.