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El Gran Combo

Meneame Los Mangos: Con Joseito Mateo (Remastered Edition!)
CD (VCM 001), Released 1962; Re-Issued 2008
Editor's Pick:
The suggestively titled debut album of El Gran Combo is not only historically significant, it is also a party platter that makes for an interesting document in that it predates the significant musical contributions of Andy Montañez, Elias López, and Roberto Roena. What makes this record special is that it features the fabulous lead vocals of Joseíto Mateo, one of the best Dominican old-school vocalists, a guy who could do the distinctively folkloric yodel on “Con La Mesa al Caco,” knew how to sing a touching beguine-bolero, and brought the authentic flavor to bombas like “Te Van A Llorar.” This album also contains the intriguing and humorous plena-calypso “Sala Mala” that points at the partially Trinidadian origins of the plena. Another favorite plena staple gets the full Combo treatment here, the minor-toned “A La Verdegue.” You will also find “Usted Se Daño,” an awesomely funky proto-salsa (i.e. guaracha) that stands up on the dance floor even today. Top it off with some infectious merengues (who says Puerto Rican merengue started with Conjunto Quisqueya, Olga Tañon, and Elvis Crespo?), and you’ll understand why this album is Highly Recommended! (Pablo Yglesias, 2009-01-01)
Song titles include:
Meneame Los Mangos - Guaracha
La Calle Donde Tu Vives - Beguine
Te Van A Llorar - Bomba
Con La Mesa Al Caco - Guaracha
Dejamela Ver - Plena
Sala Mala - Plena/Calypso
Con Un Marinero - Merengue
No Sufras Mas Corazon - Bolero
La Enorme Distancia - Corrido/Guaracha
Mira A Ver Si Puedes - Guaracha
Usted Se Daño - Guaracha
A La Verdeque - Bomba
Musicians include:
Rafael Ithier Director & piano
Joseito Mateo Catante & coro
Pellin Rodriguez Coro
Eddie Pérez "La Bala" Saxo & coro
Hector Santos Saxo
Rogelio Velez "Kito" Trompeta
Micky Duchesne Trompeta
Milton Correa Timbal
Daniel Vázquez "Maninin" Bongó & campana
Milton Quiñones Conga
Miguel Cruz Bajo
Category: Dance Traditions => Tropical Dance: Various => Puerto Rico
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