The Best of Desi Arnaz: The Mambo King [RCA]

The Best of Desi Arnaz: The Mambo King [RCA]

by Desi Arnaz

CD

Overview

Arnaz burst onto the American music scene when Latin music was enjoying its first taste of success. A record like "Babalu" was viewed back then as primitive and exciting, and Desi's sex appeal and good looks made him the Ricky Martin of his day. He was virtually the only bandleader who had success after World War II, and his combination of highbrow and lowbrow with loads of charisma was irresistible. That this music still holds up well today says more for Desi's abilities than the current vogue for Latin music. Vocal showpieces like "Cuban Pete," "Holiday in Havana," "El Cumbanchero," and "Carnival in Rio" are offset by strong band instrumentals like "Peanut Vendor," "Tico Tico," and "Brazil." Those only familiar with Arnaz from his stint on I Love Lucy are in for a major surprise at the high quality of music aboard this collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/28/1992
Label: Rca
UPC: 0078636603124
catalogNumber: 66031

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Desi Arnaz   Primary Artist,Vocals
Lawrence Tibbett   Vocals
René Touzet   Piano
Jane Harvey   Vocals,Track Performer
King Sisters   Vocals
Trio   Vocals
Amanda Lane   Vocals,Track Performer
Streamliners   Vocals
Carlo Jones   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Russ Case   Producer
Jim Crotty   Metal Transfers
Herman Diaz   Producer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Walt Heebner   Producer
Eli Oberstein   Producer
Jacqueline Murphy   Art Direction
Jose Abreu   Composer
Zequinha de Abreu   Composer
Aloysio Oliveira   Composer
J. A. Orlando   Composer
Collazo   Composer

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