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South America Take It Away: 24 Latin Hits
Xavier Cugat
South America Take It Away: 24 Latin Hits
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
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All Artists: Xavier Cugat
Title: South America Take It Away: 24 Latin Hits
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Asv Living Era
Release Date: 4/22/1997
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
Styles: Caribbean & Cuba, Cuba, Mambo, Rhumba, Latin Jazz, Swing Jazz, Easy Listening, Latin Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 743625522327

CD Reviews

Alan Branfman | Spotsylvania, Va USA | 12/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This compilation of Cugat recordings from 1935-1946 is one of the "sexiest" CD'S my collection. If you're a fan of many Hollywood films of that period these arrangements will send chills up your spine. Close your eyes and you're sitting at the Waldorf Bar in white tie with Bogie or George Raft; or you're an OSS agent sitting in a South American cabaret with Andrea King keeping one eye on Conrad Veidt and the other on Akim Tamiroff. The tunes are familiar and haunting. You may not remember the titles but you'll recognize the music of that genre.Several vocals by Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore add to your listening delight. The slow samba "BAIA" is an elixir with greater power than Viagra. The other rumbas, congas and tangos are superb; Cugat's distinctive rhythmic arrangements cast a hypnotic spell on the listener. Buy this album!"
Alan Branfman | 07/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Just got this today and it's exactly what I hoped for! The other reviewers were on the mark! The earlier Cugat orchestration and arrangements are so lovely and evocative. I'm a sucker for the sound of old recordings--these are from the 30's--they just had a warmth that is lost as recording equipment improved. But I still must get something with Besame Mucho . . ."
Great music from an era gone by....
Larry Runge | Chicago | 08/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While on a Desi Arnez binge, I bought this CD not really knowing what to expect. I had read the book on Cugat by his ex-wife, and was curious as to his music. And what music it is. I've had this CD in my car's changer for two weeks now, and I'm listening to it more than the other five CD's combined. The music is superb, the perfect antidote to a long day at work. There's quite a variety of tunes, and the rhythm section has to be heard to be believed. And this is music that's a half century old! However, a warning to the guys: Listening to this CD may make you want to don tux-n-tails, order a Martini or Manhattan, and then let your feet fly across the dance floor with your Lady Love!"