King of Kings: The Very Best of Tito Puente
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Tito Puente was never one for half measures, and even in death there's no modesty involved, as the label calls him King of Kings. It might be an exaggeration, but only a slight one, and it gets the attention. Still, as the saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and there's a hearty meal here, albeit one missing one or two choice dishes, like Puente's original version of "Oye Como Va," a song that indirectly brought him a whole new audience. However, "Honk Kong Mambo" is here, "Dance Mania," and "Dance of the Headhunters," so it's hard to find too much fault with the disc's 21-track selection. While the man wasn't shy about having his timbales, or himself, front and center, he truly was a driving force in his music — and, as this CD shows, he knew how to write more than his share of good tunes, too. Some of it has a slight novelty aspect, like "3 D Mambo," and he definitely worked the whole mambo craze of the '50s for all it was worth. Still, he did have more strings to his bow, as tracks like "Saca Tu Mujer" prove, and he was a world-class percussionist, and an able bandleader, with a flair for popular jazz. He worked hard — exceptionally hard — and deserved his success. This collection might not be the ultimate Puente compilation — that's yet to be put together — but it's still worth it for the wealth of dance music inside.
que se levanten los muertos
Wow...where you been Tito?
Ive always loved this old school salsa music, but could never really find a good collection of it. I loved old James Bond movies, instantly loved the vibe in San Juan when I first set foot on the island....who knows, maybe in my past life I was Cuban, all I know is as I stumbled across this link to this man and started playing the tracks I was floored by the richness and depth of each song on this CD...and I dont know a thing about him, but I downloaded the whole CD and look forward to chilling out on a Friday afternoon driving home with this blasting out the window as Spring approaches!
KING OF THE KINGS
TITO PUENTE UNO DE LOS MEJORES SIN DUDA JOSE "G " DEL ESTE DE LOS ANGELES
Born: April 20, 1923 in New York, NY
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s
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