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Album Review

Twenty tracks from his 1946-49 prime, mostly paced by Arnaz himself on vocals, with some instrumentals and occasional pieces for female singers Jane Harvey, Elsa Miranda, and Amanda Lane. Sure, this is sometimes corny, but more often it's invigorating Latin big-band pop, Arnaz' conga and quasi-operatic vocals to the forefront. Those who dismiss this as Cuban rhythms watered down for American consumption are missing the essential point: it's fun stuff that's usually overflowing with joie de vivre, as a listen to "Babalu," "Carnival in Rio," "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas," "Guadalajara," and "El Cumbanchero" will confirm.

Customer Reviews

desi is brillant!

I love all of his songs he is such a great artist all his songs are amazing!

I love Desi Arnaz!

I am 13 years old, and I LOVE his music. He has a wonderful voice that I first discovered on "I Love Lucy". The only song that is missing is "Granada"!

Babalu, Desi Arnaz and His Orchestra
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