2.Cereso Rosa (Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White)
3.Mambo No. 5
5.Mambo a la Kenton
8.Mambo No. 8
9.Chula Linda, La
12.A La Billy May
16.Al Compas del Mambo
19.Saco la Mano
20.No Me Quieras Tanto
23.Memoria a Chano
24.Mambo en Sax
This is part of the Orfeon Joyas Musicales series.
The aptly-named MAMBO KING is a 24-track compilation that provides a perfect overview of the great Perez Prado.
The British issue comes with remastered sound and a booklet with notes and photos.
The Proper label's Proper Introduction to P‚rez Prado presents two dozen of his most popular recordings, largely drawn from the RCA-Victor catalog of the 1950s. Everything one would need to learn about Prado is here: the mambos, the high-velocity tempos, the punchy trumpet section, and Prado's patented grunts and hollers of encouragement. In addition to a tribute to Cuban conga master Chano Pozo, there is a mambo inspired by Stan Kenton's orchestra and a nutty opus patterned after the work of bandleader Billy May, which is equipped with a recurring quote from Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow." Comparable Prado collections are Rhino's Mondo Mambo, Columbia River Entertainment's Cocktail Hour, and RCA's Best of P‚rez Prado: The Original Mambo No. 5. Each of these albums covers more or less the same ground. Proper's Prado disc is the musical equivalent of a strong cup of coffee and may be introduced into any set of circumstances where an enlivening agent is deemed necessary. That includes late-night driving, rigorous housework, and especially any party or gathering centered upon food preparation and convivial consumption of preferred beverages. For best results, Prado should be taken in combination with vintage recordings by Machito, Tito Puente, Xavier Cugat, Desi Arnaz, and Edmundo Ros. ~ arwulf arwulf