The Best of Mambo – Pérez Prado

The Best of Mambo - Pérez Prado Artist: Pérez Prado
Album: The Best of Mambo
Release Date: August 17, 2004
Duration: 01:03:25
Genre: Latin, Jazz
Styles: Latin Big Band, Mambo, Salsa, Big Band, Tropical, Cuban Traditions

Pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Perez Prado did much to make mambo an international sensation. An infectious mix of Afro-Cuban polyrhythms, boisterous horn charts, and swinging rhythmic and harmonic principles borrowed from jazz, mambo is as irresistible today as it was in its 1950s heyday.

THE BEST OF MAMBO collects 20 highlights from Prado and his orchestra’s output. These tracks are taken from the latter part of Prado’s career (when he began to tailor his frenetic, original sound toward a more streamlined style, with elements of then-popular “lounge” music thrown in).Here Prado’s charts–ambitious, catchy, and technically precise–veer from towering walls of sound to subtle, minor-key slink. There are even some funky bass lines and a few numbers with vocals (both lead and chorus). Most of the tracks are Prado originals, with a handful of exceptions, including a shuffling cover of “Besame Mucho.” The “extended resolution” of the JVC compact disc promises higher fidelity; the sound is, in fact, quite remarkable, and helps to make up for the conspicuous lack of liner notes and session information.

Title/Composer Performer Time
Mambo No. 5 / Pérez Prado Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 2:24
Mambo Jambo / Pérez Prado Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 2:01
Taboo / Margarita Lecuona Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 2:22
Mambo Latino / Pérez Prado Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 4:13
Besame Mucho Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 3:32
Locas Por el Mambo / Pérez Prado Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 4:06
Cerezo Rosa Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 2:29
La Macarena Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 3:36
Mambo Lupita / Pérez Prado Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 4:08
Quizas, Quizas, Quizas / Osvaldo Farrés Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 2:32
El Manicero (The Peanut Vender) Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 2:21
Mambo Taxi Driver (El Ruletero) / Pérez Prado Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 2:29
Mambo No. 8 / Pérez Prado Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 2:37
Quien Sera / Pablo Beltrán Ruiz Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 3:18
Patricia / Pérez Prado Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 2:24
Mambo en Sax / Pérez Prado Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 2:58
Tropical Fantasy/Caballo Negro / P.D. Scots Pipe Band / Pérez Prado Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 7:38
Historia de un Amor / Carlos Eleta Almarán Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 2:58
El Mambo de la Merced / Pérez Prado Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 2:38
Mambo Pachuco / Pérez Prado Pérez Prado feat: Pérez Prado Orchestra 2:41

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