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Dance Mania

Tito PuenteAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 26, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B0021R51OK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,779 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. El Cayuco
2. Complicacion
3. 3-D Mambo
4. Llego Mijan
5. Cuando Te Vea
6. Hong Kong Mambo
7. Mambo Gozon
8. Mi Chiquita Quiere Bembe
9. Varsity Drag Mambo
10. Estoy Siempre Junto A Ti
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. A Gozar Timbero
2. Si Te Contara
3. Separala Tambien
4. Caonao
5. Una Mujer
6. Baila Como Es
7. Dance Mania
8. Porque Te Perdi
9. Guancona
10. Son Guacha
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Editorial Reviews

2009 two CD collection from the King of Latin Music. Tito Puente was one of the most memorable entertainers of the 20th century in any genre. As a composer, musician and band leader, the NYC native of Puerto Rican heritage was embraced by Americans of all colors for his exciting fusion of Afro-Cuban and Caribbean sounds tailor-made for the dance floor. Tito Puente remains a cultural icon whose appeal transcends demographics. His career spanned more than 50 years and 100 albums, his composition 'Oye Como Va' was made famous by Santana, and his memorable appearances on The Cosby Show, The Mambo Kings and The Simpsons all contributed to his legend. The image of the flamboyant superstar, dubbed 'el Rey', playing his signature timbales is familiar to every generation of Americans. He remains the most famous name in all of Latin music.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot mambo and Latin Jazz from the master. June 3, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Tito Puente
"Dance Mania" (Legacy Edition)
(Sony Legacy, 2009)
A deluxe 2-CD reissue of the best-known album from the legendary nuyoriquen bandleader Tito Puente... Originally released in 1958, "Dance Mania" was a sizzling set that helped solidify the popularity of the mambo craze, and made Tito Puente a household name. Fifty-plus years later and it still sounds great, as does the 1960 follow-up, "Dance Mania, v.2," which is included here as well. Both original albums were short by today's standards -- about forty minutes long -- and Sony Legacy (bless their little hearts) takes the opportunity to stuff an extra twenty-one tracks on, including outtakes and alternates, as well as a bunch of other tunes from the same era. It's classic mambo and Latin Jazz -- dense musical ideas set to addictive rhythms, with Puente's jaw-dropping percussion throughout. All killer, no filler!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puente's dancing music greatest album! June 16, 1998
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At the top of his Palladium days, the first record featuring singer Santos Colon, the sound of his big band... this superb collection is Puente's dancing music greatest album! Many tracks were prepared for this record and the selected ones reveal the genius of the masters, or how they select their material. Recorded circa 1957-58 Dance Mania quickly became a classical. It has endured the passage of time and it continues to be a best seller, in various re-issues. The only other Puente record at this level is Night Beat, on jazz, and perhaps some in the Ensemble Latin Jazz series.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure BIG Band Salsa May 24, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is true big band sound salsa, before the name salsa became popular. Originally released in 1958, You can go back and feel how great this music was back then and still feel the how great it still is today. This tells you this is a treasure chest of great music. Just enjoy and dance as if he is playing at the good old days at the Palladium Dance night,in NYC. The recordings allow you to hear clearly every instrument that was played and precise harmony of the full orchestra. Be carefull playing this while driving in the car, you will be force to pull over and dance a few cuts.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get better than this! March 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
One of Tito's tightest and most soulful albums, with sharp-sounding horn charts and funky rhythms galore. Recording with the full technical expertise of the RCA studios behind him, Puente's late '50s albums had much richer, better defined sound than competitors on smaller, independent labels, and the brass tones that distort into distorted shrillness on other albums are smooth and clear here. Great material, and a ton of tight session players who were the cream of the crop in the latin dance scene. Highly recommended!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puente's signature album. July 30, 2000
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Originally recorded in 1957, this is Tito Puente's signature album which marked the debut of a very young Santos Colon as his lead singer -- an association that continued for many years. You'll listen to this classis album many times over. Absolutely great dance music: mambos, cha-chas and big band jazz. This album's a must-have for any Tito Puente fan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great December 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
A must for anyone looking for a good sample of some classic mambos, jazz suites, and one bolero from Tito.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive classic October 5, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the top 10 albums, of any genre, recorded in the last
fifty years. Firstly,it was recorded when there was a big breakthrough
in recording stereo techniques.The sound quality is as good as anything
done today. The band personnel included Doc Sevrenson on trumpet and
Ray Barreto on congas, to name a few. The arrangements sizzle caliente
and are super tight.

This a strict dance album with a mix of slow(bolero),medium(son montuno)
and fast(guaguanco)and mambo tunes(before the term salsa) that is well
balanced to keep everyone on the dance floor. Included are a couple of
Tito's all time favorites : El Cayuco and Hong Kong Mambo- which is seminar
on how to play the marimba.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pioneer dance music December 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
It is unnanimous, up to this point everyone here has given this disc five stars! Tito Puente was a pioneer who started the first wave of Latin music to capture attention worldwide. One of his signature songs, "Oye Come Va" was made popular by Santana Oye Como Va. I was lucky enough to have seen him perform live in a little Hermosa Beach auditorium many years before his death; he was amazing even at his than advanced age. He could wail on the timbales and work his band into a frenzy. The performance here is taken from the early fifties when he was in his prime and the result is an awe-inspiring blend of soulful vocals, horns, rhythms and percussion that results in pure dance music or as the title indicates, dance mania. This disc captures the dance crazes taht were prevelant than like the cha-cha-cha, mambo and salsa. The latin jazz influences and salsa vibe are spread throughout this winner. Everything but one song, "Estoy Siempre Junto a Ti," which is a bolero, or ballad is a cooker; this is the only song where the tempo is slowed down. A very good tune is "Hong Kong Mambo"(love the title)that features some great vibe(vibraphones)work that finishes with crashing high hat and Asian sounding vibe rhythms. If you are a DJ these are some great riffs to work into your creations. There are many good Tito Puente discs including but not limited to The Mambo King: His 100th Album, Out of This World, King of Kings: The Very Best of Tito Puente which are all highly recommended. Flat out, this one is the goods.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantabulous!
Had heard of this guy Tito Puentes years ago & his wonderful music and having
lheard it for the first time, I was impressed how motivating it was, to actually get up
and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Janet's Chateau
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY NICE LATIN MUSIC
If I was seeking the Vol-1 the second disc (Vol-2) was also very nice. I recommend it for salsa & chacha lovers.
Published 8 months ago by KASTRINAKIS ALEXANDROS
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Latin music... You'll love the Dance Mania Legacy Edition.
Over the years I have enjoyed the music of Tito Puente & his orchestra. At first in person during the 50's @ the world famous Palladium in NYC and @ home when I bought the vinyl... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Raymond Roman
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice salsa sound
The CD has nice salsa sound. Very upbeat music. You can use it for working out or for dancing. I would recommend it.
Published 15 months ago by Mary Ann Merlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Still good after all these years.
Like Latin? Here's your album! A blast from the past, the good old days of Latin music. This one still shines.
Published 16 months ago by David E. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Tito Puente's Dance Mania
This is the album that taught America to dance. This is a great, iconic, classic album and it still sounds fresh today NOT dated. Read more
Published on February 26, 2012 by Jose Diaz
5.0 out of 5 stars This is great.
I have many Tito Puente CD's and LP's. I saw this on Amazon and was reluctant to buy it because of the title "Dance Mania" and I was concerned about the 1957 recording date. Read more
Published on August 13, 2011 by Charles A
5.0 out of 5 stars "GREAT MATERIAL BY 'THE KING' "
Tito Puente--"El Rey" "THE KING"!! What more can be said that hasn't been said already? There just aren't enough adjectives to describe how wonderful this CD is! Read more
Published on July 24, 2011 by John H. Robinson III
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Old School Salsa
This album is classic Tito Puente Old School Mambo/Salsa. Every song makes you want to get up and dance - this stuff never goes out of style!
Published on March 27, 2011 by E. H. Trager
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Published on November 3, 2010 by A. Mercado
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