Tito Morano

Let's Cha-Cha-Cha

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One of the most common budget-label Latin albums, Let's Cha-Cha-Cha nevertheless has its merits. If one believes the scant liner notes, Morano led a 13-piece orchestra known as "the terrors of the Antilles," and this session was recorded in Puerto Rico. Let's Cha-Cha-Cha plays Perez Prado mambos against sappier piano ballads and cha-cha-chas "for dancing." Although standard dance-orchestra fare, the sound quality and arrangements are of a relatively high ("authentic") standard. Incidentally, the jacket photo shows the same models as on the cover of Randy Carlos' Swingin' with Randy (Fiesta). The real reason to give Let's Cha-Cha-Cha a spin is inclusion of a couple spoken introductions: "Play a mambo, Tito." "No, let's cha-cha-cha..." and, "Stop that mambo, let's cha-cha-cha." It's cheesy, sure, but not without charm.

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