Xavier Cugat

Tropical Bouquets

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As with most of the early 10"-LP anthologies, the sound is quaint and atmospheric. It is not high fidelity, and the orchestra sounds straight out of one of Cugat's old MGM movies. The singing on Tropical Bouquets is by Jose Monero, Aladdin and the Boyd Triplets, and Del Campo. "Chon, Chon, Chon" is the most interesting selection, an Afro-Cuban sung by Monero, while "Hokey Joe" is one of those outrageous, "Speedy Gonzales"-type gringo tunes. The rest of the tracks are as dismissable as the liner notes, which make it clear this is just an introductory pop album, not a great leap forward for Latin music.

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