Edmundo Ros

Chiquita Banana

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Volume four in Harlequin's extensive Edmundo Ros retrospective surveys this popular Latin dance bandleader's recorded output during the years 1946 and 1947. With a title track essentially consisting of a commercial for an increasingly profitable brand of tropical produce, this little time capsule is heavily sprinkled with vocals by Ros himself. In and among romantic or upbeat dance numbers ("Another Night Like This," "A Rainy Night in Rio," "It Was Never Like This," and "Cavaquinho") there are novelties which reference Latin American exports like coffee and coconuts as well as entire communities like "Managua, Nicaragua." Given Ros' mounting tendency to deliver every word in unaccented English, one might cherish the inclusion of "Quien No Nora No Mama" as sung in the mother tongue. The only thing that detracts from Ros' cover of Trinidadian Wilmoth Houdini's "Stone Cold Dead in the Market" is the fact that the song, a quirky tale of domestic violence, really should be sung by a woman. Irving Berlin's "I Got the Sun in the Morning" works well done up in Caribbean style, and prefigures countless covers of pop tunes which would undergo "Ros-i-fication" over the years.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:15
3 3:11
4 2:48
5 2:52
6 3:07
7 3:06
8 2:49
9 2:50
10 3:05
11 3:20
12 2:31
13 3:11
16 2:24
17 2:35
18 3:25
19 2:39
20 2:56
22 2:52
23 2:31
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