Yma Sumac Voice of the Xtabay & Other Exotic Delights

Voice of the Xtabay & Other Exotic Delights
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CD Details

  • Released: April 21, 2003
  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Rev-Ola

Entertainment Reviews:

Q - 10/95, p.148
3 Stars - Good - "...fascinating from first to last..."


  • 1.Xtabay
  • 2.Ataypura!
  • 3.Wayra
  • 4.Panarima
  • 5.Negrito Filomino
  • 6.Mamallay!
  • 7.Ccori Canastitay
  • 8.Suray Surita
  • 9.Wimoweh
  • 10.No Es Vida
  • 11.Lullia Mak'ta
  • 12.Cumbe - Maita
  • 13.Wak'ai
  • 14.Chuncho
  • 15.Kuyaway
  • 16.Inca Waltz
  • 17.Karibe Taki
  • 18.Witallia!
  • 19.Kon Tiki
  • 20.Lament
  • 21.Montana
  • 22.Najala's Lament [From "Flahooley"]
  • 23.Birds
  • 24.Zana
  • 25.Babalu
  • 26.Xtabay

Product Description:

Personnel includes: Yma Sumac (vocals); Les Baxter, Moises Vivanco (arranger, conductor).
Personnel: Yma Sumac (vocals).
Liner Note Author: Joe Foster.
Arrangers: Mois‚s Vivanco; Paul Campbell .
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.

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Product Info

  • UPC: 5013929432727
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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