Xavier Cugat

Mambos by Cugat

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Mambos by Cugat is from the early Mercury period, some of Cugat's liveliest work. Unlike other examples of Cugat mambos, this is the good, original (or at least unusual), and fun stuff. "Sun! Sun!" and "Oooh!" are particularly notable, as are two co-written by Cugat ("Mambo Mania" and "Mambolette") plus Rene Touzet's "Riviera Mambo." All tracks were reissued on the more commonly available Mambos! 12" (a.k.a. Music for Latin Lovers), which takes three other tracks from the Dance with Cugat Mercury 10" and adds "Gypsy Mambo."

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