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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Ole! - Xavier Cugat

Flute Nightmare
Xavier Cugat And His Orchestra
Columbia Sound Promotions "Special Issue" (sticker fixed to the back cover)
Columbia CL 618

From the back cover: A reigning favorite with North Americans for the better part of two decades, Cugie has recently returned from a tour of Europe that was wholly triumphant. Continentals have long been addicted to tangos, mambos and rhumbas, but much of their music has been afflicted with a kind of watery politeness that drained if of vitality. Cugat and his uninhibited crew were revelations to the citizenry, and their richly-orchestraed presentations met with a response that kept them abroad for months.

The uncredited cover model is Abbe Lane, an American singer and actress who was married to Cugat (1952-1964). I believe she may also do vocals on a number of tracks.

Nice package featuring none of that "watery politeness" we like to avoid. Good stuff.

The Americano
Anything Can Happen
Cerezo Rosa y Manzano
Los Timbales
Alma Llanera
Africano Soy
Flute Nightmare
Strangers In The Dark
Lisboa Antiqua
Humpty Dumpty
Night Must Fall
Carnival In Uruguay

1 comment:

  1. Another great find, thank you!


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