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Mambo! [Original recording remastered]

Yma SumacAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Bo Mambo (1996 Digital Remaster) 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Taki Rari (1996 Digital Remaster) 1:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Gopher Mambo (1996 Digital Remaster) 2:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Goomba Boomba 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Malambo No. 1 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Five Bottles Mambo 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen11. Carnavalito Boliviano 2:06$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 5, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1962
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: The Right Stuff
  • ASIN: B000002UQS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I love this CD. Yma Sumac is an extraordinary vocalist with a mind-blowing range. Her voice is sexy and strong and, at times, bird-like. (Supposedly, she had acquired her pipes from having been raised high in the Andes mountains in Peru, which strengthened her lungs from the altitude). Sadly, most of my friends and family are put off by her singing and find it very annoying, so I don't get to play this album at parties very much, but I don't care. I suppose that some people can't recognize talent if it grabs them by the shoulders and caterwauls in their face. However, the person who introduced me to Yma Sumac compared her to Diamanda Galas. With all due respect to Ms. Galas, I find that demeans Yma's talent. On this album, in addition to Yma's beautiful singing, there is also the enchanting arrangements of Billy May, who did a lot of arranging for Frank Sinatra at the better part of his career as well as other illustrious singers of that era. "Mambo!" is brassy and bold, a must for any Latin music fan.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ears April 2, 2002
By L.I.T
Format:Audio CD
Let me first warn you...this cd and artist are not for the musically faint of heart. Yma Sumac's musical style is...different to the extreme. I have likened her to an operatically trained vocalist who went to town on mambo music. She basically uses her voice as another instrument in many parts of the cd and jumps from octave to octave, it is very rare to actually hear her sing lyrics. That being said, her voice is simply awesome. It is one of the most versatile and powerful voices that I have ever heard, I truly believe that she would have been a trip to see live. If you are a fan of hotfire mambo music with a twist, or are looking for something new and totally not-normal I would highly recommend this cd. It is an excellent way to become introduced to one of the most unique musicians you will ever hear. My personal favorite is Chicken Talk. However, the entire cd is just a fascinating listen. But be warned, I have worried a lot of people in my dormitory when I have played this cd, and you probably will too.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a voice! A true classic! February 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I received this album as a gift for my birthday. Although I had heard of Yma Sumac, I had never heard her sing. Imagine how excited I was to open this gift!

You have to take into account the time when this recording was originally made - the early '60s, and the genre - Latin music. If you're not into that kind of music, you may not enjoy this album.

If you like Carmen Miranda, you will be absolutely dazzled by Yma Sumac's range and intensity. Her spellbinding voice moves from contralto to coloratura soprano, and incorporates operatic and jazz stylings. Remember that this was recorded in the days long before digital enhancement!

I'm no expert on Yma (rumors include her being an Incan princess), but the Latin beats of her music are infectious. Even if the backup vocals sound a little dated compared to modern recordings, remember that this album was recorded over 40 years ago.

And it was HOLLYWOOD!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you think you know Yma's music� September 28, 1998
Format:Audio CD
...unless you've heard "Mambo," think again! In a departure from her familiar, more formal, Incan-based work, Yma explodes all over the place on this collection. Oddly, Yma herself downplays this recording, explaining in her stage act that it was "just a studio album." She doesn't perform any of the numbers, and more's the pity. The brassy '50s-styled arrangements make a wonderful complement to the familiar yet amazing 4-octave voice, displaying a side of the diva not generally recognized except by diehard fans. Together with her 1972 rock album, "Miracles" (released on the London label and not, to my knowledge, available on CD), "Mambo" represents Yma's amazing versatility with material. Well worth the "price of admission." Check it out!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First time weird, second time treasured! February 5, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Having grown up in the 50s, I remembered the name Yma Sumac when I was perusing the 'not-for-public-consumption' (not at the front of the store) CDs in a music store. Curious, I purchased the "Mambo" CD. After first hearing it, I said to myself 'This is weird.' After a second and third hearing, I realized I was hooked. The exotic stretches of her vocal range were something I learned to love, like a second Martini. Who else can reach the highest of soprano heights and the lowest of gutteral grunts and get away with it so gracefully as the supreme Yma???
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Widest Vocal Range of any Lounge Singer! September 13, 1998
Format:Audio CD
Yma Sumac was one of the odder products of 50's pop music. Her vocal range went from very high to very low notes. On this record, Sumac is accompanied by Billy May and His Orchestra, which may seem a little incongrouous; but these compositions were all written by her then husband-manager Moises Vivanco. The end result: a swinging big band, and a hot singer provide a good sample of the art of South-American music. -Darin Tysdal
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too bad we are limited to 5 stars! December 26, 2006
By Doug M.
Format:Audio CD
This CD is not only the most "fun" CD I have heard in ages, the musical arrangements are top notch and Ms. Sumac is even more amazing than on Voice of the Xtabay. The Musicians (yes, they deserve a capital "M") are excellent, well-coordinated, playing as tightly as one, and yet inspired, sounding like they are totally "in the moment."

For the most part, the melodies, especially on "Bo Mambo," are beautiful and haunting. They are saved from being overmelodramatic by the intense, driving, yet "partylike" atmosphere generated by the orchestra.

Good humor abounds on this CD. On "Malambo No. 1" Ms. Sumac's vocal antics make you laugh out loud with delight. Her trademark "growl" is used in full force in a couple of numbers, adding to the fun atmosphere.

I could go on and on. However, you have to hear this CD to fully appreciate it. Buy it now, and be prepared to be amazed, entertained, and totally satisfied with your purchase!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Voice!!!
Yma is fantastic! Love this CD all the Mambo's are fantastic!!
Published 2 months ago by Allison Ruby
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 2 months ago by sue schafer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Her voice was amazing and the music is COOL!!!!!!!!!!! take a listen at the song samples and you will be captivated!
Published 3 months ago by Mhellerman
5.0 out of 5 stars yma sumac cd
i love the music of yma sumac. her voice is incredible. i had records of hers while in my teens and enjoyed them so much i had to have them on a cd. Read more
Published 6 months ago by judith larson
5.0 out of 5 stars Who else loves Death to Smoochy?
I realize that Death to Smoochy was not a blockbuster hit, but as someone with a truly dark and twisted sense of humor, it is one of my most favorite movies. Read more
Published 13 months ago by B. Peacock
5.0 out of 5 stars Sumac is wonderful!!
Greetings All, I must say that this is a great album, music is wonderful and Yma is great in it! Great copy and would buy from seller again! Cheers! William
Published 16 months ago by William E. Bondar Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars The incomparable Yma Sumac -- Mambo
I remembered this singer with the 8-octave range from the 1950s, and when I decided to have a Maya calendar survival party on Dec. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kate Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Yma's best, but the Kaluah ad is on it!
If you don't know Yma Sumac you are missing a rare treat. But start with "Voice of the Xataby." Sensational in every way. What a voice! Then buy her greatest hits! Read more
Published on May 7, 2009 by Connoisseur
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Surprise
I was looking for some Peruvian music to complement my recent Macchu Picchu visit photos and memories. Read more
Published on April 11, 2009 by World Traveler
5.0 out of 5 stars Back again for seconds
I first purchased this album on a 10 inch 33 1/3 record back in the 1950's. I had forgotten all about her and her fantastic vocals until recently when I heard she had passed away. Read more
Published on December 9, 2008 by Fred C.
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