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Voice of the Xtabay [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Yma SumacAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Taita Inty (Virgin Of The Sun God) 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ataypura (High Andes) 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Accla Taqui (Chant Of The Chosen Maidens) 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Tumpa (Earthquake) 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Choladas (Dance Of The Moon Festival) 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Wayra (Dance Of The Winds) 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Monos (Monkeys) 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Xtabay (Lure Of The Unknown Love) 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. K'Arawi (Planting Song) 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Cumbe-Maita (Calls Of The Andes 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Wak'Ai (Cry) 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Incacho (Royal Anthem) 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Chuncho (The Forest Creatures) 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Llullia Mak'Ta (Andean Don Juan) 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Malaya! (My Destiny) 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Ripui (Farewell) 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 5, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1963
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: The Right Stuff
  • ASIN: B000002UTZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Yma Sumac's chart-topping debut release has been in print for almost 60 years, proving that her multi-octave voice and exotic musical settings still charm listeners to this day. This CD features the 1956 reissue that combined the two 10" records Voice of the Xtabay from 1950 and 1953's Inca Taqui .

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest albums EVER!!! October 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love this album. Not a bad track on it! This cd contains 2 complete 10" original lps from 1950 and 1953 respectively, Voice of the Xtabay and Inca Taqui. The highest note from a human voice can be heard on Chuncho (The Forest Creatures). High Andes! is a magnificent majestic piece of music so far ahead of it's time it's not true! The songs on this album are like cinema music for the hear the most spiritual profound sounds that have such incredible vibrancy and color...the range of the voice is unheard of, the music itself is masterful (from Moises Vivanco), and there is a reason why this album has never gone out of print in over 50 years! Buy it and hear for yourself what makes Yma so special!It's truly one of the best albums -ever-!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Unusual And Incredible August 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is incredible. I am 15 years old, and a massive fan of hip-hop, RnB and pop, and yet this unusual indescribable album is incredible and I love it! The music and that stunning voice is completely in a league of its own. The songs are incredible; a heady mix of mambos, salsas and sambas along with steady and engaging beats. The voice itself has the 'stop you in your tracks to listen' effect as it is mesmerising and incredible; it truly has to be heard to be believed. The best song, by far in my opinion, is the incredible 'Chuncho'. The range, technique and beat in this song is unique; out-standing. This album is a musical and vocal masterpiece.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
you'll ever hear. I've owned this on vinyl since the late sixties, and I've never grown tired of it. I don't know the answer to the controversy over whether she is a Peruvian princess, or a home grown lady named Amy Camus... and frankly, I don't care. Yma's vocal chords must be one of the seven wonders of the world. It ranges all over the map, from super high down to sub-contralto depths with everything in between. If I remember correctly, she's still singing and still beautiful... though I can't vouch for the accuracy of that claim personally.
I can add little here to what the other reviewers have written. Xtabay is a gorgeous number, reminiscent of the winds blowing through the mighty peaks of the Andes. Monos is amusing, as is Andean Don Juan, which has a really catchy beat to dance to. Then, there is Chuncho- a one woman display of the varied and weird sounds of rain forest animals all doing their best to out-sing one another. As one of the other reviewers said, you'll hear one of the highest notes a human ever put to disk. But there's far more to it than that- this high note is part of a series of incredible trills and runs, which covers about 5 octaves. It literally has to be heard to be believed. All this goes onward insanely to another catchy beat. If you like unusual music and a rather strange mixing of styles (Yma sounds everything here from operatic to country to Peruvian to several things I can't describe!), then this is a wonderful album to have.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No one like her...or it May 1, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This album proved such a runaway bestseller, Capitol kept reissuing it dizzingly through its first year. First it was a 78 r.p.m. set, then a 45 r.p.m set, then a 45 r.p.m. EP set (two songs to a side). The cover went through some changes, the back cover from black and white to color and on and on. Yma Sumac, meanwhile, was dizzingly racing from soldout engagement to soldout engagement with her strange, haunting, but-what-in-heaven's-name does it mean? music. This album still can shake the earth. Les Baxter's arrangements are the best ever done for her (it was the only album he arranged for her, I believe). The real story behind Yma Sumac and Capitol Records' brilliant marketing strategy for her will be told one day but someone I'm sure, but for now it's Yma's to tell and she isn't. She was here in Chicago some years back, nearly wore out her young band in rehearsals, sold out nightly, gave a fabulous show and was very funny to boot. She still looks beautiful, too. She also, believe it or not, did a Letterman appearance and knocked him out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING VOCAL GYMNASTICS November 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The range of this singer's voice is truly incredible - one moment she sounds like a twittering nightingale as her voice quivers along the highest of the high notes, the next it's down to the ground in a rumbling thunderstorm or shuddering earthquake. There's nothing quite like it. Some info on Yma can be found in the Re/Search publication Incredibly Strange Music by V Vale & Andrea Juno, available here on I recommend this album to all who are interested in the exotic, like world music or the equally strange sounds of Meredith Monk.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the greatest vocalist of the 20th Century August 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Yma Sumac is possibly the greatest female vocalist of the 20th Century. If you like female vocal music and/or virtuosity, you do yourself a great disservice by not listening to Voice of the Xtabay.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally Available (Again) November 30, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In 1960, as a youth, I "discovered" this record in the Kansas City library files, tucked away in the historical files. After hearing it, I was an instant fan and recorded the record. Recording, in those days, was on reel-to-reel that does not compare favorably with today's sounds.
I am delighted to find this remarkable work available on CD. If you admire an extraordinary voice, give yourself the unforgetable pleasure of listening to the entire volume.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars vocal thrills
range, dynamics, mastery of her vocal instrument. Yma was a prodigy. Listening to her remains as thrilling as the first time I heard this recording. Read more
Published 11 days ago by lilibet
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique 5-Octave "Volcano/Bird Woman" Phenomenon
I haven't heard her other recordings. I grew up w/ this authentic native album on vinyl & have been fascinated with it & her and loved her unique & phenomenal 5-octave voice since... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lady LiberTEA
5.0 out of 5 stars yma sumac cd
love yma sumac. her music is very beautiful and different. loved her as a teen and i still love her music as an old teen at heart. Read more
Published 4 months ago by judith larson
4.0 out of 5 stars What a voice!
The unbelievable range of her voice will always amaze me. I had this LP album, so had to have the CD.
Published 6 months ago by OKC PAM
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful choices!!
I have always gotten exactly what I've ordered and LOVE all of it, whether it's for me or a gift! Thank! D
Published 8 months ago by Dawn V Cullen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Voice.....
Greetings All, I must say that this cd is wonderful. I just bought a bunch of her cd's and I love them all. I would buy from this seller again Cheers, William
Published 14 months ago by William E. Bondar Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Same
It was the same as the record which I bought back in the 1950's. I enjoyed it then and I enjoy it now.
Published 15 months ago by Rebecca Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars The incomparable Yma Sumac -- Xtabay
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 16 months ago by Kate Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Vocal Performer!
I first heard a couple of these cuts way back in the 50s. I was enchanted not only be the exotic nature of the music, but the power and vocal range of Yma Sumac. Read more
Published 22 months ago by J.W. James
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music.
This woman has one of the most magnificent vocal ranges of any I've ever heard. When I was a child she was touted as the only woman known who could span I believe they said 5... Read more
Published on April 25, 2011 by Y. Weber
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