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Above is the "original" cover on the Cuban "Puchito" label.
With the back cover clearly and properly notating which band sings each song as well as the correct listing of the singers.
The CD which uses the same front cover as the 1960's bootleg LP.
On the bootleg LP's that came out of this record in the U.S. during the 60's and early '70's, Antillia never properly gave the correct credits. The CD out on "Antilla" has a very clear "re-done" sound makover, but they again failed to list correctly each band with each song title as the original back of the Puchito LP did. Grupo Guaguancó Mantancero later becameLos Munequitos De Matanzas and Papin y Sus Rumberoslater became more commonly known as Los Papines.
These recordings by Grupo Guaguanco Mantanceró are amazing as both Esteban Lantrí and Hortensio Alfonso (Saldiguera y Virulilla) were young Men at the time of these recordings and their voices and harmonic interplay with each other is absolutely sublime. And "Fuico" singing with Los Papines is also sublime. Unfortunately both singing and playing in this style has become a lost art.
1. El Macuquillo Oriental 2. Conga Santiaguera 3. Suavecito - Septeto Nacional 4. Improvisation De Comparsa 5. Piruso Y Su Boina - Rolando Aguilo 6. El Manisero 7. Carabali - Burundanga 8. La Reforma Agraria - Grupo Guaguancó Matancero***** 9. Ecue Ecue - Cachao 10. Carnival song in street 11. Improvisation De Comparsa 12. Organo Oriental 13. Mi Pueblo Esta Contento - Grupo Guaguancó Matancero***** 14. Glorie A Cuba - Grupo Guaguancó Matancero*****
The now classic vinyl LP "Carnival A Santiago De Cuba" on the French 'Le Chant Du Monde' label.
There were "two" different versions/pressings of this LP. The first one had no "spaces" between tracks, just one continuous track on side A and on side B. Each song just went right into the next one and the record had a horrible fake ("overdubbed") sound track of a live street crowd "yelling and screaming" throughout EVERY SONG. The first pressing had three (3) songs by 'Grupo Guaguancó Matancero'. (who later changed their name to 'Los Muñequitos De Matanzas').
The second version/pressing of this LP was much better... each song was a separate track with no fake overdubbed yelling and screaming crowd sounds, so each song was much more enjoyable to listen to. However.... the second pressing only had two (2) of the songs by 'Grupo Guaguancó Matancero', as for some reason the third song never was put on the second LP pressing!
I have taken the missing 3rd song from the first LP (which has the fake overdubbed yelling & screaming crowd) and added it to the second pressing. #14."Glorie A Cuba " I have also "cleaned" and "trimed" each song from the vinyl using 'Goldwave V.5' software.
This is a great LP that I remember first hearing when I was 13 years old, as my father used to play the LP a lot, he loved it. It's really a collection, potpourri, mosaico of several different genrés of Cuban music. All great. For me, the "standouts" are "Piruso Y Su Boina" by 'Rolando Aguilo' with 'Juanito Marquez' on electric guitar. The "Carabali - Burundanga" which is a Santiago style Carnival song originally dating back to well over 100 years ago. 'Ignacio Piniero's Septeto Nacional' doing "Suavecito" and 'Israel "Cachao" Lopez' doing "Ecué, Ecué" with 'Tata Güines' on Tumbadoras. And of course the three great tunes by 'Grupo Guaguancó Matancero' featuring "Saldiguera" y "Virulilla" on vocals when they were in their "prime". 14."Glorie A Cuba" has "Chachá"playing Quintoand unfortunately has the fake overdubbed crowd sounds. (references to Fidel, Ché & the Agrarian Reform - La Reforma Agraria)
2. Conga Santiaguera 5. Piruso Y Su Boina 8. La Reforma Agraria
"Quimbombó" Luis "Lilí" Martínez Griñán Vinyl LP on the Suave label-1960
Luis 'Lilí' Martínez Griñán, pianist, composer, arranger, with both the bands of 'Arsenio Rodriguez' and later El Conjunto De 'Felix Chappottin'. Born in Guantanámo, Cuba Aug. 19th 1915. Was an important influence on many other pianists, including: Chucho Valdés, Frank Fernández, Emiliano Salvador, Papo Luca, Eddie Palmieri and others.Luis "Lilí" Martínez Griñán here with his big band.
"Quimbombó"Comp: Luis "Lilí" Martínez Griñán Vocal: Vicente Sánchez
"Lilí" Martínez with Conjunto De Felix Chappottin. "Lilí" Martínez with Conjunto De Arsenio Rodriguez.
Nobody sounds like this or even plays like this anymore. No Envidia crap here. Superb vocals and coro... swinging. Ripped from vinyl @ 320
12. "Todos Los Bailan"
"Que Siga La Pachanga" Orq. Sublime 1961 Vinyl LP
(Reissued on CD, but the tracks are from vinyl) 6. "Linda Charanga"
"Rayando El Coco" Orquesta Sublime 1961 vinyl LP
(Reissued on CD, but the tracks are from vinyl) Alternative LP cover on Total label
1. Cuba Linda 2. Dos Perlas 3. Con El Guayo Ralla Coco 4. Linda Mujer 5. China Camina 6. Increible 7. Charanga Graciosa 8. Dos Locos 9. En La Montana 10. Echale Carbon
10. "Echale Carbon"
"Su Majestad El Danzón" Orq. Sublime 1961 vinyl LP
1. Ignacio Pineiro 2. Estas En Mi Corazon 3. Si Quieres Venir Ven 4. Ritmo Bandolero 5. Escucha Corazon 6. Cuando No Hay Pan Come Cazane 7. Que Te Pica El Gallo 8. No Pierdas Tiempo 9. Puchi Puchi 10. Zacharias Le Gusta Bailar Charanga
The first is Carlos Diaz singing on a 1959 LP with Orq.Casino De La Playa. Orq.Casino De La Playa, while considered a Havana "society band" that didn't have the soulful sound of bands like Arsenio's, Chappottin's or Estrellas De Chocolate, but they definitely had a great swing all their own. (Personally, I prefer the earlier 1940's recordings when Miguelito Valdés was the singer.) On this LP, "Recuerdos De La Habana" the "ensemble playing" of the band swings with all superb musicians.
"Recuerdos de La Habana" Carlos Diaz conOrq.Casino De La Playa. Panart - 1959
The second LP "Horas Intimas" features Carlos Diaz singing with three different bands: Eulogio "Yoyo" Casteleiro y Su Conjunto. ("Yoyo" was a pianist) Carlos Barberia y Kubavana. And the Orchestra of Conductor Osvaldo Estivill.(in my opinion, the better of the two LPs) Estivill was an arranger/composer/orchestra conductor. The songs Carlos Diaz sings with Estvill on here are all beautifully arranged "lush" boleros. The songs he sings with Conjunto "Yoyo" Casteleiro and Carlos Barberia y Kubavana are very "tasty" Son Montunos and Guarachas, with great coros and several swinging tres guitar solos by "El Niño" Rivera.
"Horas Intimas" Carlos Diaz Panart LP - mid to late 1950's
1. Son De La Loma 2. La Flor 3. El Golpe De La Bibijagua 4. Trilogia De Sones 5. Ay Mama Ines 6. Una Sublime Ilusion 7. Tres Lindas Cubanas 8. El Manicero 9. Serenata 10. Santa Cecilia 11.Sucu Sucu Felipe Blanco 12. Sueno De Un Despertar 13. Homenaje A Trovadores Y Soneros
Orq. Aragon - "Cojale El Gusto De Cuba" Discuba LP cover
The record label "Discuba" had many great front LP cover photos.This is one of my favorite Orq. Aragon covers, taken along the Malecón in La Habana.Check out the eyeglasses 'Richard Egües' has on.... si, those are "DA' EYEGLASSES"
Cuban LP's and recordings which include particular "styles" and "forms" of (playing & singing) "Cuban" music that unfortunately have become, or are on their way to becoming lost art forms. As well as related materiel which may not be "directly" from Cuba.
Mostly LP's that are either long out of print and-or obscure and music from "my own personal collection".
Occasionally some Brasilian things will be added that are hard to find, even on the other great Brasilian blogs, many that are listed in my Blog links. And maybe some things that have nothing to do with Cuban or Brasilian music.
It takes time to do all this, scanning the covers, resizing and uploading, often changing & correcting the info.
Have fun! "The water most often tastes freshest at its source"
Mark Sanders: Musician / percussionist.
Living, working and teaching in Manhattan, N.Y.C., U.S.A.
Born and raised in Manhattan, N.Y.C.
Lived in New Orleans from 1972 to 1986.
Produced and hosted the first Cuban music radio program in New Orleans on WWOZ from 1980-1986.
Been back in N.Y.C. 28 years and planing on getting the hell out very soon.