Thursday, August 25, 2016
Twist With Cugat - Xavier Cugat
Mercury Records MG 20705
Available from your usual online vendors so I will not be posting a sample.
From the back cover: The twist is not a new beat for the Cugat baton. It has been in his repertoire since well before the dance step bloomed into a national mania. Cugat had laid down that insistent, thumping beat not for the ballroom dancers, who in those days would have been bewildered by it, but for a single dancer – his dazzling wife and performing partner, Abbe Lane (cover model). Her twist a la mambo renditions are still the torrid highlights of their nightclub act.
From Billboard - May 12, 1962: Cugat serves up a tasty sampling of the Twist in Latin tempo. A top quality dance LP, with excellent orchestrations lending color to the disk.
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