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Tito Puente

Top Percussion / Dance Mania
Import CD (Bear Family 15687), Released 1958; Re-Issued 1993
Produced by Fred Reynolds
"If I could only take one Puente CD to a desert island, it would be this one. This CD is actually two separate albums recorded in 1957-58. Top Percussion has some of the greatest solos ever recorded by Willie Bobo, Mongo Santamaria and Tito Puente. Dance Mania has some of the best Latin big band music ever and has been a best seller for years. Two classic recordings in one package." (Victor Rendón 96/97 Catalog)
"I also heard this from my sisters when I was a very young boy. I've recorded 'Ti-Mon-Bo' from that album twice already. It stands for Tito, Mongo and Willie Bobo. They all play so smoothly, accurately and incredibly on that cut. Sometimes the early recordings sound better than the newer ones. You can hear everybody's playing crystal clear-timbales, bongos, congas, and the bass line that Bobby Rodriguez was laying down. As Ramon says, they were at their peaks. They were playing excellently. Dancemania was a great dance album. You can hear the original mambo sound and style, and the original cha cha cha feeling that Tito was so great at." (Poncho Sanchez and Ramon Banda 96/97 Catalog)
"Two classic Puente recordings that changed Latin music history, recorded in 1957-8, now on one CD. 'Top Percussion', (along with 'Puente In Percussion', also reissed on CD), features the Afro-Cuban rhythm section of timbales, bongo, and conga with only the bass showcasing each instrument's solo capabilities with virtuosos Puente, Mongo and Willie Bobo throwing down while Bobby Rodriguez on bass lays down the law. 'Dancemania' features Puente's big band in all of the popular Cuban dance styles: mambo, cha cha, guaguancó, etc. With Puente, Ray Santos and Gil Lopez charts that all burn. No wonder Dancemania has been the highest selling Latin dance album of all time. Oh, by the way, Santos Colón is on vocals and a young kid by the name of Ray Barretto had just taken Mongo's place while Monchito Muñoz replaced Willie Bobo for this album." (Bobby Sanabria 94/95 Catalog)
Song titles include:
Oblata Yeza
Alaumba Chemache
Oguere Madeo
Four By Two, Part 1
Conga Alegre
Ti Mon Bo
Hot Timbales
El Cayuco
Mambo Gozon
Saca Tu Mujer
Liego Mijan
Agua Limpia Todo
Cuando Te Vea
Mi Chiquita Quiere Bembe
3-D Mombo
Varsity Drag
Hong Kong Mambo
Estoy Siempre Junto A Ti
Category: Dance Traditions => Big Band Mambo Jazz
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