Roberto Delgado

Marimba a la Carte

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Marimba a la Carte was a top seller for Roberto Delgado in 1968; decades later it is hard to imagine why. Horst Wende's marimba playing is capable and at times adept; but the arrangements are average and the choice of material, tired. It is a perfunctory recording, as the band goes through the motions on some of the Delgado staples -- "Cielito Lindo," "Vaya con Dios," "Pata Pata" -- as well as such anachronistic vintage pop hits as Terry Gilkyson's "Memories Are Made of This" and Blue Barron's "Cindy Oh Cindy." Whatever the reason for its commercial success, the album is bland and uninteresting by Delgado standards, and now will most likely only appeal to completists or marimba fanciers. If you are looking for reasonable background music for a chatty cocktail party, this will be an acceptable choice; otherwise just leave it in the discount bin.

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