The King of Rumba
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||Me Lo Dijo Adela||Xavier Cugat||2:32||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Carnival In Uruguay||Xavier Cugat||2:37||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Cerezo Rosa y Manzano Blanco||Xavier Cugat||3:00||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||El Marijuano||Xavier Cugat||2:50||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Mambo No. 8||Xavier Cugat||2:35||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Cuando Te Beso Tiemblo||Xavier Cugat||3:05||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Lisboa Antigua||Xavier Cugat||3:02||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||El Choclo||Xavier Cugat||2:40||£0.79||View in iTunes|
Perhaps the most common of all Cugat albums, Best of is not unique in any way, nor is it a compilation drawn from previous releases. It is, however, a Latin dance-album powerhouse. And it draws upon the more successful lessons learned in Viva Cugat and fully exploits Mercury's "Perfect Presence Sound." "Amapola" has nearly the same swing as "Siboney"; perhaps they are from the same session. The version of Pablo Beltran Ruiz' "Sway (Quien Sera)" stands as the definitive recording of Latin, big-band dance music. "El Cumbanchero," "Tequila," and "Mama Inez" also are no slouches, and "Tea for Two Cha Cha Cha" is just glorious...and funny. The exotic "Taboo" has a boys chorus, but the strings detract from the jungle flavor. Also there are "Misirlou" and "Ba-Tu-Ca-Da." Overall, it is hardly perfect or even, but with six photos of Abbe Lane and several great, great tracks, it deserves the title The Best of Cugat.
Born: 01 January 1900 in Gerona, Spain
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s