This compact disc contains two Xavier Cugat LPs originally released by RCA in 1958. Highlights on "Cugat In Spain" include "Ritual Fire Dance" and "Playera." "Plays Some Aces" is a collection of (then) new stereo recordings of classic Latin tracks, and features two arrangements by Sid Ramin (who won both an Academy Award and a Grammy for his work on Bernstein's "West Side Story," and also penned the Space Age Pop standard, "Music To Watch Girls By").
2 LPs on 1 CD: KING PLAYS SOME ACES (1958)/CUGAT IN SPAIN (1958).
Originally released on RCA.
Liner Note Authors: Gordon Wright; Xavier Cugat.
Recording information: New York, NY (06/27/1958-11/07/1958); Webster Hall, NY (06/27/1958-11/07/1958).
Arrangers: Ramin; Bob Carroll.
Two Xavier Cugat albums from 1958 are joined on this two-fer from Collectables. King Plays Some Aces was part of RCA's Living Stereo series and features well-recorded Latin lounge songs, including "Cuban Mambo," "Oye Negra," and "Carioca." The other album in this set, Cugat in Spain, includes thematically appropriate material like "Madrid," "Playera (Dance No.5)," and "Ritual Fire Dance." ~ Wade Kergan