Various Artists

Cocktail Hour: Latin Crooners

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Allegro's Cocktail Hour series has drawn criticism from collectors for its lack of liner notes and basic recording information, such as the when, where, and with whom of its material. However, most volumes in the set feature relatively consistent fidelity and enjoyable music. Latin Crooners is no different. It's an upbeat selection of numbers by such Latin vocal luminaries as Pérez Prado, Tito Puente, and even Desi Arnaz that's as entertaining as it is superficial. Latin Crooners won't offer much for aficionados, but the casual fan will likely don a white dinner jacket and try out a few mambo moves on a makeshift living room dancefloor.

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