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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Cha Cha Cha

Negra Mi Cha-Cha-Cha (My Baby)

Facundo Rivera and his Quartet
Cha-Cha-Cha
The New Exciting Dance Rhythm From Cuba
RCA Victor LPM-1081
1955

Fresh from Cuba and the mid 1950s came Cha-Cha. Dance teacher Monsieur Pierre brought the step from Cuban to England in 1952 where he eventually created what is known now as ballroom cha-cha-cha. So this is an early cha-cha example.

Cha-cha jacket designs are frequently energetic and colorful. This design is understated and elegant. The music is doesn't stray to far from the root source. What sets it apart from similar LPs are various vocal treatments and instrumental flourishes employed from time to time that help hold interest.

The engineering sounds like "single microphone". The sound is crisp and well balanced.

This is a compilation album. Artists are only credited on the record label. This album seems to be RCA's way of introducing the music form to the public, rather than using the platform as a way to market the artist(s).

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