Yma Sumac Voice of Xtabay

Voice of Xtabay
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  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1996
  • Label: The Right Stuff

Entertainment Reviews:

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


  • 1.Taita Inty (Virgin Of The Sun God)
  • 2.Ataypura (High Andes)
  • 3.Accla Taqui (Chant Of The Chosen Maidens)
  • 4.Tumpa (Earthquake)
  • 5.Choladas (Dance Of The Moon Festival)
  • 6.Wayra (Dance Of The Winds)
  • 7.Monos (Monkeys)
  • 8.Xtabay (Lure Of The Unknown Love)
  • 9.K'arawi (Planting Song)
  • 10.Cumbe-Maita (Calls Of The Andes)
  • 11.Wak'ai (Cry)
  • 12.Incacho (Royal Anthem)
  • 13.The Chuncho (Forest Creatures)
  • 14.Llulla Mak'ta (Andean Don Juan)
  • 15.Malaya! (My Destiny)
  • 16.Ripui (Farewell)

Product Description:

Personnel includes: Yma Sumac (vocals); Les Baxter, Moises Vivanco (arranger, conductor).
Personnel: Yma Sumac (vocals).
Arrangers: Les Baxter; Mois‚s Vivanco.
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: 077779121724
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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