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Our Man in Havana: Very Best of [Import]

Perez PradoAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg/Camden
  • ASIN: B0000250MN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,379 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Guaglione
2. Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White
3. Patricia
4. Mambo No. 5
5. Ruletero
6. The Peanut Vendor
7. One Night
8. Mambo Jambo
9. In A Little Spanish Town
10. Paris
11. La Faraona
12. Flight Of The Bumblebee
13. La Borrachita
14. My Roberta
15. Adios Mi Chaparrita
16. Beautiful Margaret
17. The Freeway Mambo
18. Maria Bonita
19. Historia De Un Amor
20. La Rubia
See all 25 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Fantastic Anthology From The Original King Of Mambo. Includes The Original Version Of Mambo No.5, Recently Interpolated By Lou Bega.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Odd mix of originals and rerecordings March 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Supposedly, this piece from the Camden subsidiary of U.K. RCA is a collection of the "very best" of the King of Mambo, Perez Prado. And while the infectious, mostly-mambo melodies are great listening fun, the idea that these are "originals" as indicated on the jewel box spline just ain't true. Most of these tracks are 1959 stereo rerecordings of the earlier hit and album versions although there are a few original mono versions here. Apparently, the compiliers either did not know what they were grabbing from the tape vaults or just opted for the seemingly superior-sounding later stereo recordings.

Though not necessarily inferior and actually sonically superior to the flatter, older mono originals, some of these stereo versions are considerably and sometimes annoyingly dissimilar - "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" being one of the most egregious. Musically, totally enjoyable but if you're a purist looking for the original hit versions, pass this up and try to get the now out-of-print Rhino piece done back in the mid-90's even though that collection has fewer tracks.

Until someone comes along with an all-inclusive original hits package of Prado's work, these pieces will have to fill the bill.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection January 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I would suggest that this compilation is very good indeed. I grew up listening to Perez on vinyl and this CD has several primo tunes from several of his very early 60s or late 50s albums. Couldn't agree less with the other review. Quality is high & the beats will get you dancin'!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars HAPPY HOLLYWOOD EXILE FOR RCA'S MAN FROM HAVANA September 9, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Next to the essential BEST OF, this is the finest Prado compilation ever, exceptionally good value and very complete, and the Australian compilers have intelligently sequenced these stereo tracks (some remakes) more conveniently than on BEST OF. The glamourous title is only slightly misleading; Prado made his signature classics in Mexico City, Manhattan and Hollywood (really benefitting from RCA's Living Stereo engineering), and RCA marketers finessed his identity as "our man in Latin America" once the Cuban embargo was in effect.

Some but not all tracks--notably the big hits "Cherry pink," "Patricia" and "Mambo No. 5"--are indeed stereo rerecordings of authentic mono originals. There are minor alterations in the charts--not always an improvement--on these tracks, and minor tempo changes, but the stereo really clarifies the punchy virtuoso playing and the inventiveness of the jazzy arrangements. Beyond the hits there are superb late-career rarities here, including "In a little Spanish town," "Paris," "Maria bonita," "My Roberta," "Rockambo baby," "OK Joe calypso" and "Adios pampa mia" which are very collectable lesser, later Prado.

Have no hesitations about buying this affordable set after investing in BEST OF and MAMBO MANIA/HAVANA 3 A.M. from Bear Family. Stereo Prado enhances the showmanship and danceability, and these are all welcome supplements to the earlier Prez classics (see too the revelatory 1958-59 stereo albums PREZ, available as a BMG/Ariola import, and POPS AND PRADO).
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