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Classic Latin

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Album Review

As the title suggests, the 101 Strings Orchestra's Classic Latin features orchestral renditions of well-known Latin songs, ranging from "Mexican Hat Dance" to "Macarena." Though Latin music usually sounds better with more brass-based arrangements than string-based ones, the versions of "Por una Cabeza," "Acuarela do Brasil," and "España Cani" work surprisingly well. "Cielito Lindo," "The Peanut Vendor," and "La Bamba" are some of the other highlights of this entertaining collection, which presents an enjoyable, if not totally authentic, sampling of Latin melodies.

Customer Reviews

Beware the Lowlights

The iTunes review suggests that songs like La Bamba "work surprisingly well" in a string orchestra arrangement. Macarena, on the other hand, works even less well than you'd think. With an arrangement that is ill-conceived even by muzak standards, it comes off sounding like a blithely comedic military march.

Very Nice

Good renditions of latin flavored songs

Biography

Formed: 1957

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

One of the most prolific and reliable names in instrumental easy listening music, the 101 Strings Orchestra has literally recorded hundreds of albums since its inception in 1957. Their trademark sound is built on a reverence for melody, pristine production, and a pleasant, relaxing ambience; while occasional albums have concentrated on brass, piano, guitars, and even mild rock & roll rhythms, the string section — true to the group's name — nearly always remains front and center, because...
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