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Dance Mania

Tito Puente

1958

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Dance Mania

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3.25

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“Dance Mania” by Tito Fuentes and his orchestra (1958) Never heard of this album or artist, but I could see that this was going to be fun immediately upon dropping the needle on the record. I can dream, can’t I? The album came out when I was three years old, and this was a musical world with which, in later years, I would become only marginally familiar. My sister and I would dance cha-cha-cha in pre-adolescence. I got bongos for Christmas one year, learning the difference between cha-cha-cha, mambo, samba, and rumba (and the difference between the two bongo drums, macho and hembra, the full significance of which would only become clear when adolescence was over). Musically, I was taken by the rich depth of the brass (exclusively trumpets, with the lower tones all carried by reeds. Interesting.) The rhythms are not the hard driving Latin beats of Santana. This is dance music. Mostly mambo (listen for the syncopation on beat four in each measure) and cha-cha-cha, in slightly varying tempos from song to song. Sensuous, undulating. For dancers, forget your feet. It’s all about oscillation between the chest and lower abdomen (euphemisms). I’d better stop. Skillful marimba and vibraphone by Fuentes. All musicians play with precision and professional self discipline. Excellent jazz piano by Raymond Concepción. Very well recorded (for 1958), with excellent use of the newly developed stereophonic technology (generally brass on the right and reeds on the left—cool). Can you believe we actually used to listen to music in mono? Lyrics: Well, I’m certainly limited here, but the lyrics are meaningfully prominent on two songs. This is enough for me to gain an appreciation of the fact that Latin dance is more than just ‘happy music’, regardless how much cowbell I hear. On “Cuando Te Vea”, we have: Mañana cuando yo te vea Permite, que pueda explicarte Los momentos de amargura Que pase por ti mujer Yo comprendo, soy un hombre Lo que quiero nena linda Es disculparte Por los momentos de amargura Que pase por ti mujer (Tomorrow when I see you Let me explain The moments of bitterness Let it pass for you woman I understand, I am a man What I want pretty baby Is to apologize For the moments of bitterness Let it pass for you woman) Cuando te vea Fuiste mala mala y embustera Cuando te vea Mañana por la mañana Cuando te vea Te fuiste de mi vida mujer bandolera Cuando te vea (When I see you You were bad bad and a liar When I see you Tomorrow morning When I see you You left my life, shoulder bag woman When I see you) Here is a message that conveys sympathy, regret, chastisement, and resentment all within the same musical mood. Wow. (Somebody please explain to me “mujer bandolera”) On “Agua Limpia Todo”, Water cleanses everything—even the tongue of the people. Something to remember in the age of Twitter. Very good music. Very gratifying listen. 4/5

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When you listen to something like this you really get the feeling the Latin people are having way more fun than everybody else.

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Really hard not to smile while listening to Señor Tito and his orchestra. Perfect for cooking or, really, anything. Favorite tracks: "Complicación", "Llego Mijan"

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What a fantastic, groovy, dancy album. I found myself swaying and jigglin' to the beat and tempo of the songs. What a great album that I'd have otherwise not listened to.

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Never listened to a whole Tito Puente album. Really enjoyed listening to this, both by myself and with the family. Love the dance of the lead voices with the chorus and of course the layers of percussion is right up my alley. The "living stereo" mix sounds great and for its time is incredible. Favorite tracks: Llego Mijan and Mi Chiquita Quiere Bembe.

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My soul is on fire with this slanderous mambo

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This immediately transported me to years and years of Mexican markets, restaurants and taquerias, from adolescence through to my adulthood. I can vividly see, hear, smell, and taste the specific food, colors, decor, and ambiance that is associated with so many places like this. It's always a good sign when you can connect to the music on a level that transports you somewhere else! If you are splitting hairs, this is more "Cuban" than "Mexican", but that doesn't stop it from being perfect and timeless in any Latin setting. Classic mambo albums and artists like Tito Puente are staples in these settings, and for good reason. It's fun to listen to, it's joyful, it's passionate, and it's exciting while also still being perfectly accessible for relaxing (again, in my case, almost always dining or shopping -- these can be forms of relaxing!). A real joy to listen to!

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Over two hours of great Mambo music. The whole thing has me wanting to shake my hips. It showcases a fantastic display of afro-cuban style percussion and brass. No one song in particular really stands out above the rest for me, perhaps because of my limited exposure and knowledge of this kind of music, but its a definite album I would play while cooking or just enjoying life.

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Just noticed that I rated the last five albums either a one or five. Such an extremist! Well this album will be neither. I quite like Cuban music. This is Cuban right? Wiki notes that Tito is an American musician. Who am I to question but let’s just say that when Gordon Gano sang “Do you like American music” I highly doubt he meant Mambo. This is soft Cuban music and during the first few songs it’s impossible not get the hips swerving. The Xylophone was also kinda neat and they respected the unwritten rule that says only one Xylophone song per album. This is quite good and well recorded for the 50s but I think some of the Cubans who followed the American had more to offer.

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I'm sure it was an awesome latin dance fest in the 70s, but before my time and hard to get into without that experience. Now bring on Scooter!!! Lol

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Great as background party music but I can't remember anything at all from it. All the tracks blur into one. This isn't music to listen to, just to dance - which is fine, but I don't dance so that's no use to me, I'll take Samba Pa Ti instead, please. Mind you, it gave me a happy 5 minutes watching Jane dance to it in the kitchen.

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Esta es fuego! Excelente!

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hell yeah, man - that was just fantastic, and another super encapsulation of what that scene feels like it would've felt like...if you know what i mean.

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awesome!

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muy excellente

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Laaaaaaila

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Honestly a great album, full of life! very nice listen, would def get this record

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It was indeed a dance mania moment. This album slaps.

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A solid latin dance album. 10/10 will listen again.

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Very upbeat

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Great vibe, love this!

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Loved it. Proper smooching down the road with headphones on music.

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bop after bop after bop

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Seré breve, aquí lo que tenemos es al Tito con sus colegas de New York poniendo las pelotas encima de la mesa a finales de los 50s para sacar, por fin, un disco de jazz latino en español y poner así la primera piedra de lo que será la invasión de Norteamérica por parte de la música latinoamericana. Mezclando jazz latino, mambo, cha cha chá y bembé, Tito Puente da forma a un disco angular en la historia, bailongo y divertido, preciosista en sus cadencias y plácido como la tarde de un sábado. Para él no era más que continuar en su trabajo con la música afrocubana pero lo que hizo fue sembrar la semilla que daría lugar en el futuro a, por ejemplo, la salsa, a la hegemonía de lo latino que hoy abanderan J Balvin o Bad Bunny. En New York. En el 58. Un percusionista loco y sus colegas. Subidón, pasote y desvergüenza, uno de los mejores discos que escucharéis en vuestra vida.

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Salsa Legend

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63 anni portati egregiamente

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First time listening: 12/12 songs liked Yooooooo. That's a groove. This is basically a more refined Perez Prado, with more grooves and more melody. I am all for big band, and definitely all for mambo. 4 songs saved

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Fun as hell

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I'm obliged to award this top-notch album record for both it's high quality and it's counter programming on this list dominated by 60's folk and pop-rock. A big part of that is because this reference is so light on music like this that only the best are able to be included. All that aside, this is wonderful music and from note one I had a smile on my face.

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Great rhythms and parts to produce highly enjoyable songs

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Manic. Can't stop the mania.

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This is pleasant to start with. Of course, my history shows that I usually highly rate global albums, so there’s that. This was an enjoyable album and good background music for the other things I had going on.

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I like to listen to all different kinds of music but if someone made it so I could only listen to Mambo from now on I wouldn't be upset.

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Ahhh, that hit the spot. Some great latino-jazz here. It's sad that ten years ago people would have only thought of Tito Puente from the Simpsons, and now people don't even remember that. But wow, this band is tight. Definitely have to pick up both Volumes 1 AND 2.

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What a great choice - I loved the funky upbeat tunes. I felt like Carmen Miranda boogieing along. Hard to pick a favourite, but my top pick is 'El Cayuco'. I also liked 'Mambo Gozon', 'Cuando Te Vea', and 'Varsity Drag' as an instrumental ¡Mambo!

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Way to much fun to listen to

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Felt like I was in a soundtrack for a movie about elevator music. 5 stars.

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That was fun!

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Perfection

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10/10, amazing vibes

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Fun stuff, reminds me to Tropico soundtrack :)

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Was going to write a fancy, witty review using Tito Puente quotes from the Simpsons episodes he was in (Who Shot Mr. Burns pts 1 and 2 for anyone playing along at home) but it just ended up sounding wanky, unlike this album which must’ve sounded like a revelation in ’58, and sounds just as fresh and amazing and astonishing in ’22.

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This is that upbeat latino music they always use in tarantino etc movies to make it seem lighthearted during a shootout etc. pretty friggen catchy tho lol.

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i was skeptic at first, i kept on delaying listening to this bc 1. dance mania?? 2. what language is this? i was waiting for a time when im in ~that~ mood. but then as soon as it starts playing, im like YES! hahaha but im right, it's like those music used sa traditional dances in school. did i dance while listening to this? HELL YEA

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6/27 A lot of classics on here, brought me back to DR for an hour. Standout Tracks: 3-D Mambo, Llegó Miján, Cuando Te Vea, Mi Chiquita Quiere Bembé, Agua Limpia Todo

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This was fun

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ótimo album!

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New playlist material

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How absurdly fun!

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Fun, great background.

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good vibes

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Fun Latino vibes

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Great album. Excellent!

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Miami!

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Now that’s an awesome album. I can’t speak to it, I can only say that I really enjoyed that.

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Listening to this was an absolute delight and had me smiling the entire time.

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This was a fun listen. Dave got it right, this is awesome cookout background music.

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Great music to work to, especially what Spotify kept playing after the album ended. Glad to have gotten more exposure to this genre, I'll definitely be adding them to my party playlists! Songs tend to sound all the same though... Highlights: -El Cayuco -Hong Kong Mambo -Varsity Drag

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Tito Puente for the win! Such a good vibe

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Really enjoyed this one! Looking forward to exploring more of his albums. There are so many!!

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funtimes

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Fun Latin jazz. The drums and horns are fantastic. I’m not much for dancing but this would make a great background album.

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Very good Latin music, but I'm never going to listen to it again.

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Disco perfecto de música afro-latina, más espefícicamente cubana. Te traslada a un club de la Cuba pre revolucionaria, con moeración, sosiego y perfecta combinación de vientos y voces.

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Classic salsa, pretty lovely.

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Much like Jazz, I love "Latin Music" and Cha-cha-chá, but I have a hard time differentiating it. This entire album is straight fire, but I could not really separate which tracks I like and which ones I don't like. I would buy this cd, put it in my car, and just have it play forever whenever I'm going to or from the grocery store.

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Deadly album, great to put on in the background and chill with a cup of tea.

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Dá calor só de ouvir, mas pô, bem divertido e dançante

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Really enjoyed this surprisingly.

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Danceriffic!!!

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as 'Dance Mania' permeated throughout my mind and body I found myself enjoying it. I am not sure I am going to be adding Tito Puente to my rotation of artists but when I get the hankering for a hunk of Latino dance music he is the one I shall turn to. I give "Dance Mania" four maracas filled with jalapeño seeds

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Buena Vista Social Clubia olen välillä kesäisin fiilistellyt ja tämä levy menee aika samoille viivoille. Kun ensitahdit kajahtivat ilmoille, alkoi heti tehdä mieli rommia. Tasaista suorittamista läpi levyn. Tykkäsin!

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Great album for reading and just to generally have on

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that was awesome - never heard it before!

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A nice predecesor to the vast (and better) latin albums produced in the 70's New York

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Shockingly got on pretty well with this!

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Havana great time 🕺🏻

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Cool

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I poured myself a drink with some rum and sat on my balcony in the sun. Fastest way to travel to a sunny country and getting the feeling of vacation that I really needed. Found myself dancing some wannabe mambo moves during this album. Do yourself a favor and travel to the sound of Tito and his band.

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¿Merengue?

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I really loved this. It made me feel like I was on holiday. So good, we listened to it twice,whilst eating fajitas

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Put me in a good mood :D

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It was good to hear other Puente songs. The music just puts me in a good mood. (7/10) Fav. Track: Hong Kong Mambo

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I don't come from a "dance culture" and I think it impairs my true appreciation of this kind of thing (and probably of life in general) but this is still clearly fire.

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4.0 - This is as good a place as any to listen to infectiously energetic mamba, played and recorded impeccably. This sounds like your drive home in the wee hours of Sunday morning when the party's over and all the bars are closed and you've got NPR cranked. Especially love the marimba solo on \"Hong Kong Mambo.\"

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Great background

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Ча ча ча для курортных романов.

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Listen to 'Dance Mania' via a huge PA system on a smoldering hot summer's night, harvest moon rising and the street party in full swing. Don't listen to Dance Mania via a cheap pair of headphones, cramped into your home office (box room) staring out of the window at a drab urban Bristol scene on a cold, damp, Autumnal work day. Even then, you can't help but have your soul stirred by Tito Puente. There's something about his music that can transport you from any place to a traditional - if not a tad cliché - Latin location, band playing 'Agua Limpia Todo', the whole village convening to salsa dance, drink cold beer and flail sevillanas on a cobbled plaza. The only disappointment of Dance Mania is that it doesn't include 'Oye Como Va', which is one of my (and no doubt many others') main frames of reference for Tito Puente, via the guitar of Carlos Santana. But you can easily forget that, the moment the orchestra chimes the opening bars of El Cayuco. All the way through to the upbeat Mambo piano runs of Saca Tu Mujer, you'll be daydreaming about being teleported to an exotic location, wondering what could've been if you'd spent your formative years learning the Cuban flamenco and listening to Mambo rather than sitting on a park bench, passing round a bong whilst listening to Limp Bizkit.

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I find it interesting that so many Latin American bands were led by percussionists. And Tito is the most famous of all. Even though all these songs are for the dance floor there’s still a fair bit of variety across the album. I like the instrumentals, especially those featuring his vibraphone playing and the lead singer’s super-suave voice is lovely to listen to. It’s been a long time since my salsa phase, and I’m not going to hurry to play this again, but I would say that, within the context of music coming out of the fifties, this one scores pretty high up there.

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Señor Puente leads an orchestra of extraordinarily talented musicians in joyous, life affirming mambo. It really is a thrill to listen to and the quality of the recording is amazing - you can hear each individual instrument and voice contribute to the sound. And whilst an entire album’s worth might become a little repetitious over time, nevertheless, you still come away with a feeling of intense delight.

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Actually found this really fun

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While I haven't listened to many mambo/Latin jazz albums, this album kept me entertained the entire listen thru. Fun sounds and great rhythm.

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Latin Music is not something I listen to that much but this was a thoroughly enjoyable album full of songs that left me tapping my feet. A very cheerful album that has great melodies and catchy rhythms. El Cayuco is a stand out.

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I had a great time listening to this album.

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Very fun, liked the music and the energy.

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While I've never looked into the Mambo genre before, this was a very fun record. I'll be glad to put it on more in the future. Favorites: El Cayuco, Cuando Te Vea, Hong Kong Mambo

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Saaaabor

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Another great upbeat Latin album. Super fun.

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Nice!

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always grateful for the opportunity for exposure to other cultures <3

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Groovy jams all the way. I grew up with salsa but not so much this style, it was good to explore it.

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12/15/2021 Today's Album: "Dance Mania Vol.1" by Tito Puente - This album is a bit different from the ones we've reviewed so far, being one made by a composer from Puerto Rico and composing of mostly latin dance tracks. Although I obviously do not speak the language, there is somewhat of a barrier for me to completely love it, I really like the arrangements and I would be lying if I said this isn't some of the best Latin Jazz I have heard. The variety of sounds that comes out of this album defines basically the entire genre and is incredibly performed. I understand why it's on the list, even if it definitely isn't something I can really fairly enjoy. Score: 7/10 Pretty much perfect but not my thing. Highlights: All of it. It's all worth a listen

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Wish I listened to it on my HiFi and not with earphones walking my dog. High quality album.

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Fun album and really enjoyed it. Might not listen to it again ever, but would if it came on. 4

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Yep...really good....mojitos would make it a 5

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Party music

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My only exposure to Mr. Puente before today was in an episode of The Simpsons. I am very unfamiliar with this kind of music but it sure was fun. I could see myself coming back to this maybe exploring a little more of his work. I don't think I could listen to a lot of it but it would ve a nice change from the norm.

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Feel like I should be sipping a martini at the club with the Rat Pack. Very hip in a 60’s kinda way.

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3.5/5. This is a fun album. Makes me want to dance. It is a little repetitive, but other than that, very enjoyable.

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Incredible salsa dance music!

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Great mambo album clearly meant to get people dancing. The orchestration is tight and the singing is clear and jaunty. It owes a lot to earlier big band records. In a way, it is both groundbreaking and looking to the past through its fusion of Latin rhythms into big band jazz of previous years

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yeah it was good

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Baile conmigo a las canciones de Tito Puente!!

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Jaunty

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Ekšli je nevjerojatno da većinu pjesama znam, bengeri sve od reda.

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Jedina dobra stvar sto se tice amerike je to da su imigranti sa ostatka kontinenta dosli tamo i svirali ko bogovi. Obozavam gledat njegove live nastupe, lik je uvijek bio toliko sretan iza tih svojih bubnjeva da jednostavno ne mozes ne uzivat. Al najbolja pjesma mu je senor Burns iz simpsona hehe

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Lovely.

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Che sound latino. Allegro con quel tocco di malinconia, comunque ti tira su. Molto piacevole tutto l'ascolto.

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Really nice album. I tend to prefer the instrumental tracks where the vibraphone playing can really shine. But all the songs have a life and a real feeling of momentum that makes the irresistible. The tempos are infectious, the percussion irresistible. Just great music playing throughout. 4.5 🌟

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This was great

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Ahhh.... summer sun, Italian films of the 1950s and 60s. :)

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I don't normally listen to this style of music, but when I do I like it! It takes my mind to a place, sitting on a beautiful sandy beach on a hot day sipping a mojito, or maybe a caipirinha or cuba libre, with a soft breeze on my face, and then dancing the night away in a sweaty club surrounded by beautiful people. Hard to believe this was recorded in 1958 as it still sounds fresh. 4 stars.

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Can’t but be in a good mood after listening to this - danceable and feels like you’re sipping cocktails on a riviera in the 60s

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love it. No idea what they are singing but love Spanish/South American music

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I don't know much about mambo but this album was great. Especially liked Hong Kong Mambo and Mambo Gozón. There's a certain mood for this type of music and this album will get you there.

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I can't speak Spanish but I thoroughly enjoyed the album. I was dancing in my desk chair

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Fun Latin album. Always love a good mambo. Not my go to, but certainly worth a listen.

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This album makes me want to quit my job and play the trumpet full-time. Best track: Mambo Gozon

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My first introduction to Tito Puente was through the Simpsons, but I took some time to listen to a few tracks from Puente to hear what he sounds like on his own. Dance Mania was new music to me. Part way into the album Puente was grabbing my attention with "3-D Mambo", "Llegó Miján", and "Cuando Te Vea". Towards the end of the album, "Estoy Siempre Junto a Ti" was a too slow and sounded like more of aa song from a classic crooner than fits my taste. I'm torn on how to rate this album. Most of it is really good, and the music might grow on me. If I was looking for something different, and to mix up what I've been listening to, I this album feels like a reliable source of good and different music. Well, let's round up to 4 stars.

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You know weird thing about danzón and mambo is that it had to leave Cuba to really become a thing, it had to travel to Ciudad de México to reach its global potential, and then of course the US, another point to take note, is that it had to take from Jazz to have its final form. This is in no way a criticism, I actually find the history quite amusing, I mean, can you imagine the synergy? All those incredible creative people just reaching beyond? Tito actually sat outside of all this, at least in principle, being from the US and a jazzist but damn did he understood the music, what an amazing record, weird that mambo had to come from the US to be on this list uh?

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4

This was fun upbeat and well executed.

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didn't expect to like it - but i did. ended up listening way past the album being over

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Like this a TON more than I expected to. Just really fun music. The mambo sound is probably once of my favorite latin dance music types. 4/5

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I don't have a lot of notes about this album. It's great to put on and just let it play in the background. Very fun and upbeat, and it seems like it would be fun to dance to, as the title suggests. 4/5

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Just a joy. Love a bit of this. Mambo!

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I recognise El Cayuco and I really like this music in general! This really brings me back to Bolivia and it's super fun I wish I was dancing and I guess that is the point of the album. So it's a winner - love it! Not so keen on all the songs but I really like the overall vibe and it made me and my students teachers v happy while we marked a bunch of exams so winner!

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Härlig salsa från 50-talet!

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Lift music

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Fine, but not really my cup of tea. I liked it better than Buena Vista Social Club though, which has a similiar vibe.

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I liked this album a lot. Music like this always makes me want to dance and lifts my spirits. Even though I really liked it, I'm only giving it 3 stars because nothing about it really stood out in my brain as particularly special. I wouldn't be able to hum a single tune from it, frankly. They all kinda blend together in my mind.

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1958. Key Songs: El Cayuco, Mambo Gozon

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I listened to 3-4 tracks, but this isn't really a genre I seek out. Still, I appreciated what I heard. Giving this a 3 simply because I have a neutral opinion.

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Very cool - drums!

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Ja men det svängde väl ändå. Var ganska trevligt att sitta och koda till. Ingenting jag självmant slänger på kanske.

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Wat een swing, doet meteen denken aan de Buena vista social club. Verder niet echt mijn smaak. Muziek klinkt ook wat ver weg - maar kan ook door het jaar van productie komen.

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Fun Dance

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eh

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Classic cumbia vibes - banger

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I would have to be in the mood

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It's good for what it is. I am not a dancer. Therefore it is not for me.

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Toimii hyvin aurinkoisena kevätpäivänä. Talven synkkyydessä voisi olla eri fiilikset. Ei ihan omaa suosikkigenreä mutta enpä tiedä voisiko tätä juurikaan paremmin tehdä. Keikkui kolmosen ja nelosen välillä mutta tällä kertaa näin.

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@@@. Great rhythms and horns. Not something I'd listen everyday, but brings happy mood.

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Good fun.

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It’s salsa music! I enjoy it.

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It's alright. I can appreciate it but nothing I'd listen to on my own. Good background music. I'm no salsa dancer but I'm sure this would be fun to dance to.

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Fine, but not a genre I have any interest in

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Very nice. Sounds great couldn't listen to whole album at once

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? Latin jazz, bra men inte nåt jag lyssnar på

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Fun album... not particularly grabbing for me though.

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I had to walk through a rain storm while I was listening to this album. The rhythm helped me keep my pace in turbo

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i feel like i need to either go on a cuban vacation or be a contestant on the 1970's Dating Game.

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En el 1958 debió ser la bomba. Hoy en día suena muy bien. No es mi tipo de música pero se escucha sin problemas, así que Maaaaaaambó.

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Fun album, but I can only take so much mambo music.

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Fun album. It doesn't jump out at me.

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A great album for a time and place. Wish I could be at that time and place right now.

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This man and his band just ooze talent, it's unfortunate that it's not for me.

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Me gusta mucho, pero no es mi estilo

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Raikkaat rytmit noin 50-luvulla tehdyksi plätyksi. Aluksi ajattelin, ettei tämä sovi keskelle sateista syksyä, mutta tämäpä veikin mukanaan jonnekin, missä aurinko paistaa ja laineet liplattaa. Hyvän mielen musiikkia.

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Wen mambo

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Ok, don’t usually listen to Latino music.

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3/5 just ok

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Interesting salsa music, but an entire album is too juch

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Saved Prior: None Saved Off Rip: Cuando Te Vea (mostly to remember the album exists) Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Super fun listen, never really listened to latin music that seriously before. Sounds a lot like other latin music to me, but that's not a bad thing.

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Good at what it is but never going to put it on intentionally.

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An enjoyable upbeat listen.

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It was OK.

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Not my usual thing at all but very nice to listen to and chill out with a different vibe

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Like a Cuban salsa album. Well entertaining, recognized Mombo Gozon. Album reminded me of GTA Vice City, although this album wasn't actually on the game 😂 3/5

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Delicinha.

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This album is very loud and not very subtle. Found other better stuff albums him though.

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This album-a-day is great for many reasons but one of the best reasons I do this is to get albums like this one - a genre I would never in a million years select on my own. Tito Puente was a bit before my time and probably is more known by people my age from him being a suspect in the shooting of Montgomery Burns in the Simpsons (NOT GUILTY ha) so it's good to get the real education here. I'm not a dance fan nor will I ever be a big listener of this genre but it is/was far more interesting than I'd have given it credit for - complex as hell rhythms that are still accessible and catchy. I definitely vastly prefer the instrumental passages as I don't often focus much on vocal/lyrics. This is definitely both a fun record and a good one for background (working as I listen now). A surprise 3 stars for this rock fan (although I'm sure deserving of much higher for those more attuned to big band / swing). 7/10 3 stars.

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Can not find this album anywhere! Three star rating as an average.

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i actually really liked the sound!

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This is my first experience with a Tito Puente Album. I like it, it's definitely something I would throw on to clean the house to.

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A fun album will be nice tobplay at a bbq in the summer

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Starts great, but then seems to slow down/get worse as the album progresses.

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the best selling latin dance album of all time remains Tito Puente's Dance Mania. Recorded in November and December of 1957 and released in early 1958, Dance Mania was the first recording for a major label (RCA) to feature Cuban dance rhythms without relying on commercial gimmicks or jazz constructs. It also was the first popular mambo album to feature vocals sung in Spanish—recreating the sound heard at New York's Palladium dance hall in the 1950

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solid fun album. would listen again

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Never listened to mambo before but this is nice and upbeat and very catchy. Definitely makes you want to dance.

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Not something I’m likely to listen to often, but I can appreciate it’s importance within it’s genre.

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Quite alright but not my style.

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Essendo una musica distante culturalmente e nel tempo è difficile dare un giudizio critico ma mi sono divertito. Su Hong Kong Mambo c'è un solo di marimba che mi ha fatto ridere/esaltare. Forse lo riascolterò quando vorrò sorseggiare una pina colada in estate. Per me è un 3.5 tendente al 3.

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Non ho molto da dire, il mambo così lo senti nei ristoranti messicani qui in italia per fare atmosfera. Lo so che è cheesy però che devo fa' io c'ho un debole per sta musica.

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nice upbeat latin jazz. Percussion heavy, cool vibraphones. Good vocals. Very nice music to enjoy during dinner. Wouldn't consider it a "Must Listen" or essential in any way but definitely enjoyable. 3 .5 stars

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Zero reference of this, but it sounds great.

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Definitely not one to just put in an listen to. Great stuff in the right context....and if you know how to dance.

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As far as I can judge it seems to be well played and it was somewhat fun to have playing. But aside from a one time listen I'm just not really interested in this kind of music and won't actively listen to it again.

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Tito Puente is one of the great band leaders and Mambo is such a fun music. It's like danceable jazz music.

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This is pretty hard to argue with. I don't know that I would put this on any old time, but it's some pretty feel good stuff that isn't tied to any trendy junk.

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A nice sound, but it gets a bit samey after a while.

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Not my favourite genre, but appreciate it is good for what it is. Does take me back to travelling and experiencing this music for the first time

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This was some fun dance music. It was well-orchestrated and well-recorded. Mambo's not really my sort of thing. I mean this music was written to be danced to and well... I'm not much of a dancer. Still I can hear the talent on these tracks.

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Maybe if I gave it more time, my rating would rise higher. Clearly Tito and his band are talented and there's some good stuff in here. But it sounds a bit dated. Would I still expect to hear it in any sunny vacation getaway resort? Of course, all day every day. But will I turn to this when I'm not sipping mai tai's on the beach? I doubt it.

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Creo que nunca lo escucharía por mi cuenta, pero no es malo.

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All the tracks kinda blur into one, but this was fun! If it were playing at a party I would want to get up shake my hips

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Cest bon et ca sonne bpien comme le soleil. J’aidu entendre cet album souvent dans le sud ou l’ete car ´es chansons font tres soleil. 3.25

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Deeeeeceeent

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This album is mambo in a Latin club. Not very dynamic, but a good time.

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Fun album with fun sounds for daaaaaancing. Might not listen again casually but still found it enjoyable! Favourite Tracks: El Cayuco, Saca Tu Mujer

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I appreciate the album and feel good nature of the album. Not always my style, but good nonetheless. Unfortunately, it does trigger me with that one tiktok song which I have grown to not like. But that's not a fault of the album 3.5

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Very upbeat. Mambo.

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D svänger!! Kul med det här projektet att få höra musik man aldrig skulle lyssnat på annars. Tror det var bra, men jag har inget att jämföra med och jag är helt ointresserad av genren? Får en trea av bara farten så ingen blir arg!!

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Jättesvår att betygsätta, men väldigt roligt att lyssna på. Mycket bra musik och överlag bra ljud. Kan inte riktigt tillräckligt mycket om genren för att uttala mig om låtarna i sig....

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ehm jag vet inte om det här är bra musik, men jag tyckte det va mysigt och kommer nog lyssna på det igen!! Inga direkta bangers, och väldigt mkt baila baila cha cha cha

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Powiew egzotyki na liscie, bo albmik z gatunku mambo z roku 58, wiec jest grane mocno jazzowo z latynoskim twistem, ktory wlasnie czyni te muzyke taneczna, bo o ile jazz rowniez moze byc taneczny, to nie brzmi on prawie nigdy jak muzyka z tej plyty, jak slucham tego jako totalny laik, ktory nie slyszal zadnego mambo rekorda wczesniej, to jedyne co przewija mi sie przed oczami, to niezliczone wstawki filmowe, srednich filmow akcji i sceny dyskotekowe i portorykanskich tancerzy wywijajacych na danceflorach, a przeciez mambo jest podobno z cuby, chociaz sam pan Tito Puente byl urodzony juz w hameryce, jednak korzenie portorykanskie, jak lata 50 to oczywiscie brzmienie big bandowe i potezna ilosc instrumentow przewijajaca sie przez album, w tym samych trebaczy bylo z osmiu, dodatkowo sporo jest tutaj elementow wokalnych, ale jako ze hiszpanski jezyk trudny nie jestem nawet w stanie stwierdzic plci spiewakow, nie wiem czemu ale hiszpanski brzmi dla mnie zawsze przesadnie muskularnie lub calkowicie bezpluciowo, ale glosow z pewnoscia jest kilka, co nie jest dziwne w czasach big bandowego grania i spiewania, z 38 minut materialu jest 12 trakow, wiec nie sa to przesadnie dlugie kawalki jak niektore jazzowe kompozycje, bo przeciez to muzyka typowo taneczna, przy ktorej az sie nuzka sama porywa do rownomiernego tupania, wiekszosc kawalkow to orginalne pomysly pana Puente, bo jedynie piec to utwory skomponowane przez innych grajkow tamtych czasow, wlasnie te orginalne kompozycje wydaja mi sie najciekawsze muzycznie, na plejke wrzuce z pewnoscia hong kong mambo, ktorego juz nazwa zdradza, ze bedzie sie inspirowala brzmieniem mingleeowym, uzyskanym glownie przy pomocy wibrafona, kolejnym kawalkiem bedzie czikitowy traczek, to jest mi chiquita quiere bembe, ktory bedzie jednym z najbardziej rozspiewanych utworow plyty, chorek starych dziadow robi robote, jako pierwsze zderzenie z mambo jestem zadowolony z picka, chociaz muzyka tak odlegla od moich zwyczajnych preferencji, to jednak ma w sobie to cos czego ciezko szukac we wspolczesnych nagraniach, co do samego nagrania, to zdziwlilo mnie, ze tak dobrze brzmialo pod wzgledem technicznym, uczucie sceny brak trzaskow i hukow, widac ladnie musial byc krazek zremasterowany, bo sluchalem wersji z 2k11

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just fun

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This album makes me wish I could move my hips & salsa dance! (I absolitelu cannot) Fun listen!

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What the hell. Why did I enjoy this so much?! Twas very long though.

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Suave and catchy songs, don’t know enough about the genre to really say how good it is but it’s a nice listen

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Good example of Caribbean music

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Another fun Latin album - all trumpets, all the time.

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Ojojoj! Miami! Någonstans i Spanien! På ett dansgolv! Med höfter som rör sig i vad som måste klassas som sexuellt. Det är sköna vibbar över "Dance Mania". Jag vet inte om det grundar sig i den starka kopplingen jag känner till Dexter, men jag tas direkt till en plats där solen skiner sitt allra starkaste och varmaste sken. Takten som används är svår att inte ryckas med i. Något typ av slaginstrument kompletterar trummorna ganska genomgående och det är ett frekvent brukande av blåsinstrument, jag gillar det! Låtmässigt är det väldigt svårt för mig att bedöma vad som är bäst då hela albumet flyter samman helt och hållet. Men det är ett härligt album som jag tydligt kan se syftet till varför den skapats.

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First time hearing the album. I have heard to Tito Puente, but was not familiar with the music. I definitely enjoyed it. Not something I would listen to outside of this list though. Still it has a great sound and puts you in a good mood. 3/5

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Cool

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Atmospheric

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Pretty good mambo music.

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This guy's a legend, and if I liked this kind of music he'd get 5 stars, but I'm not that into mambos

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Nice to listen whilst cooking

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The percussionist in me appreciates the marimba and vibes and timbales, but I’m always so-so on Latin jazz.

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Fun to listen to! Would love to hear more.

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Groovy album with some cool songs. Was pleasantly surprised

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Ágætis dillibossaplata, sem minnti mig þó óþarflega mikið á af hverju ég get ekki dansað cha cha cha.

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3.5

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3.5/5. Very enjoyable while it lasted but not my expertise 🤷‍♂️

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Tito Puente is apparently the king of latin jazz, but it's a lot less memorable than I thought it would be. I'm not sure who the singer is, but she is definitely a plus to this album, her warm voice really suits the atmosphere of the album. For the rest, I really have heard better latin jazz

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I mean, it's fine, but who cares? The brass and percussion are dead tight but I can't speak to why this is innovative or what makes it a must-hear. Appropriate for some settings, I suppose but not that many.

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This is Latin American jazz. I don't know or listen to enough Latin America jazz to distinguish if this is great or not. It's fine but I wouldn't choose to listen to this.

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Definitely a fun listen!

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Good but not my thing. Very long and sounded repetitive. BUT I bet live is great

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First song was enjoyable then it descended into 45mins of the exact same song!

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Ok but not my genre

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Maybe if I had one to many cervesas I would enjoy this more.

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Not a bad album at all. With dancing shoes on, I could see the rating being boosted significantly. Generally, this is not the music I gravitate to, but it's fun, light, and jubilant.

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Interesting, but I won't listen to this again.

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Probably great live, a little uninspiring recorded. Good background music.

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This is not my music.

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inte min kopp av té men gick helt klart att lyssna på. en solklar 2 (1.5) ändå

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Not bad, per se. Just not terribly interesting to me

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I think that this is a good album for Friday, but it's not too much more than it.

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The kind of music which would be alright in the background of a Spanish restaurant. Not one I’d listen to at home.

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Enjoyable but I don't know if I would come back to it as an album, maybe would listen again to see if there were specific songs I liked

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didn't listen super intently but as background music not bad; better than nick cave

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Nicht meins!

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I feel like I've heard this album before, its fun but i dont think i love it I think it's important as Tito puente invented the genre but it's hard to enjoy because of how much of a staple his sound is

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Didn’t listen

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Pleasant enough to dance to but not something I’d listen to everyday.

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The definition of elevator music. The headline act at elevatorfest 2021. Listening to it made me feel like I was waiting for a dentist appointment.

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😳

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Nah

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Sicuramente Tito Puente e tutti gli altri sono dei bravissimi musicisti, non lo metto in dubbio.. Ma, per il resto, è un genere musicale ballereccio con tanti limiti, per me troppo ripetitivo, nessuna canzone risalta particolarmente.

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If you're practicing salsa dancing

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Not my type, good for a dance and sampling

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Not my kind of thing, but I didn't hate it. It's definitely got a groove. I think I would appreciate music that incorporates elements of this style, but a full album is a bit much for me.

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Couldn't get into it. Might work as background music but that's about it.

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Siding with Alex here on one front: there is that rad xylophoning (God, that better be a real word) going on in “Hong Kong Mambo” and then the brass comes in like a tsunami alarm and I can’t reach for the volume knob fast enough. Kills it for me. Tito Puente is one of the great all time names though. If I had that name I wouldn’t give two shits what anyone thinks about anything.

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Very nice dance music but the brassy horns and similar tempo for all the songs got old real quick

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Fun music. Some interesting musical complexity with the brass instruments that I enjoyed. It was not very compelling as an album to me, but it was a nice classy collection of songs.

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Brassy, schmaltzy, not a lot of variety. Certainly didn't make me want to get up and dance. I did feel some degree of energy, which kept me marginally better than bored. Perhaps I'm just in a bad mood.

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This album has a clear goal, and that is to be a dance album. While we may prefer this over non-orchestral offerings, this requires a bit of a mood that we are never going to be in.

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5/10

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A very fun and flirty mambo album that would get a lot of people up and dancing. I can appreciate the album for what it is but it's not something I'd pop on for going out over the weekend. Best: Mambo Gozon Worst: Varsity Drag 2.5 Stars

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det var bra men hela albumet var också 1 låt bara kändes det som. så lite väl repetitivt för min smak

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when the first song played I went "Ohh..I know this song." and did a little boogy in my seat. Sadly by the time it got to track 2, it felt a bit repetitive and I got bored.

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Not really my cup of tea

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New one on me, I quite enjoyed it but not to the degree that I'd ever listen to it again.

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They all sounded like the same song, but fucking hell did I love that song. Definitely going in a movie.

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Nein, Verkaufszahlen aufgrund eines Tanzschulen Lambada Hypes sollten wirklich keinen Niederschlag in dieser Liste haben. Kann man als Weißbrot sowas anders als ironisch hören? Oder keine Breaking Bad Montage Sequenz vor Augen haben? Von Herzen nur 1.9

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This is not for me, every song sounded the same more or less.

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Eh, šta ja znam. Nije strašno, nije predobro. Međa crna. Eventualno ovako u filmovima da bude gdje bi bio nekakav koncert u pozadini dok se neke scene odvijaju (ne sekx scene). Hong Kong Mambo je dobra stvar.

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Nada que me marcou muito. Mas é bom.

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I’m not much for mambo and the adjacent genres. It was alright. Though most songs had to similar a tone, feel and lyric.

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Horns a bit shrill. Can listen to one or two songs before i get bored

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not bad just not for me

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Just not my thing, unfortunately

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This jazz latin album is not my cup of tea, however if i liked this type of music it would be right up my alley. With raging horns and lively spanish ballads it's exciting through and through, although it isn't always pleasant to the ears. At times the horns sound shrill and the vocal performance can come off a bit one dimensional, but other than those critiques it's a must listen for anyone who likes latin jazz music. The biggest stand out moment from the record for me would be Cuando Te Vea (Guaguanco), a beautiful love song about a woman who makes his happiness complete, from the beginning of the song to the end, it's impossible not to dance with the almost hypnotic rhythms.

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Asså jag vet inte hur man ska beskriva detta

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Well done, but not very interesting. I guess just not my thing.

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I can’t finish listening. I feel like I’m in my own personal hell! It was bearable for one very long song but I can’t anymore.

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rumba bachata... no me mola... chacha chaaa

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Sorry das kann ich nicht ertragen

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Well this is not my genre at all - couldnt finish. I know people are allowed to have opinions and a love of different music, but how did this make the list...come on there are better albums out there. Oh well I am sure this will also get 5's. My rating 1

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Not too keen on foreign music, so-to-speak

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Nah

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I'm sure it's good for what it is - who knows, perhaps not? - but this was borderline unlistenable. If only it were background music - alas, the brass is overpowering and obtrusive, with a hysterical quality that pierces through to your innermost core. One of my least favourite offerings from this app.

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не ну чот такое ваще никак

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Samba. Not arsed.

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