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Mambo! Original recording remastered

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 5, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1962
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UQS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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...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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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. 21, 2012 (yes, we survived the end of the world), the exotic decor just begged for Yma Sumac's music. Maya, Aztec, Inca, oh well, close enough. Our guests loved it, and a couple of the older folk also recognized her incredible vocal virtuosity. Legend has it that Yma was an Inca princess or high priestess. Another legend had it that she was really Amy Camus, a Jewish princess from Brooklyn. I guess we'll never know.

As it happened, I still own a couple of the original vinyl LP's but had lost my favorite one. Delighted to find that Amazon had several on CD, I could rebuild my collection. As Amazon expects a review of each purchase, this little write-up will show up under each of them. They are all fabulous. If you appreciate driving rhythms, exotic instruments, and a voice to vibrate through every nerve fiber of your body, this is the one. If you can do the mambo, dance your heart out here.
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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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