Various Artists

Latin Rhythms in Hi-Fi

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This is being packaged as part of DCC's Music For a Bachelor's Den series. But it's really got more in common with mainstream '50s and '60s Latin dance music than space age pop. Yes, it's on the pop end of mambo and cha-cha music, with cuts from Perez Prado and Xavier Cugat. Some of these verge on novelties as well -- Richard Hayman's "The Peanut Vendor" leads off with primitive synthesizer burps on the order of "Popcorn," and Augie Colon and Yma Sumac are primarily known as exotica artists. What's more, bandleaders Duke Ellington (!) and Hugo Montenegro are primarily identified with jazz and soundtracks respectively, not mambos Questions of authenticity shouldn't keep you from having a good time -- this 14-cut compilation is fun, sometimes hot Latin-pop dance music of the '50s and '60s, intelligently assembled and sequenced.

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