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(2-CD set) This collection focuses on what might be called the ”Latin Invasion” – a period from the late 1920’s to the early 1940’s when Latin sounds took this country by storm. Popular songs from Cuba, Mexico, Central America, Brazil and Argentina became an integral part of our own musical experience.
The tango was one of the early Latin rhythms to reach this country. El Choclo, a familiar tango, was later revived with English lyrics as The Kiss Of Fire. While not the first Latin song to be recorded here, it was a Cuban composition called El Manisero, known as The Peanut Vendor, that ignited the Latin craze. This number and other Cuban records such as the energetic Rumba Panama and the Conga Ay Si, Ay No are included in this set.
Carmen Miranda helped bring Brazilian music to our shores. Miss Seratoa is one of her early Brazilian recordings from 1930. Later, Miranda was lured to New York to appear in Streets Of Paris in which she sang Mama Eu Quero. However, we look to Mexico for some of the most beautifully crafted romantic ballads in this collection. These include Frenesi, Solamente Una Vez, known here as You Belong To My Heart, and Amor, intimately performed by Ramon Armengod.
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