Xavier Cugat - Viva Cugat! mp3 album

Xavier Cugat - Viva Cugat! mp3 album
Instrumental Pop,Latin Jazz,Lounge,World Fusion
  • Performer:
    Xavier Cugat
  • Title:
    Viva Cugat!
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  • Style:
    Instrumental Pop,Latin Jazz,Lounge,World Fusion
Xavier Cugat - Viva Cugat! mp3 album

  • Size FLAC version
    1502 mb
  • Size MP3 version
    1779 mb
  • Size WMA version
    1863 mb
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Track List

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 Jungle Concerto Xavier Cugat
2 Peanut Vendor Louis Wolfe Gilbert / Moisés Simóns / Marion Sunshine Xavier Cugat
3 Isle of Capri Will Grosz / Jimmy Kennedy Xavier Cugat
4 Tropical Merengue Xavier Cugat
5 Nightingale Xavier Cugat / George Rosner / Fred Wise Xavier Cugat
6 Perfidia Alberto Dominguez Xavier Cugat
7 Siboney Ernesto Lecuona Xavier Cugat
8 Jungle Drums Ernesto Lecuona / Carmen Lombardo / Charles Oflynn Xavier Cugat
9 Anna Xavier Cugat
10 Maria Elena Xavier Cugat
11 Poinciana Buddy Bernier / Nat Simon Xavier Cugat
12 Say "Si Si" Ernesto Lecuona Xavier Cugat


Buddy Bernier - Composer
Xavier Cugat - Composer, Primary Artist
Alberto Dominguez - Composer
Louis Wolfe Gilbert - Composer
Will Grosz - Composer
Jimmy Kennedy - Composer
Ernesto Lecuona - Composer
Carmen Lombardo - Composer
Charles Oflynn - Composer
George Rosner - Composer
Nat Simon - Composer
Moisés Simóns - Composer
Marion Sunshine - Composer
Fred Wise - Composer

This albums stands out as the best LP ever of the "Lounge" genre! Recorded in 1960 simultaneously to 1/2" 3-track and 1/4" full-track (mono) tapes, the stereo mix-down from the 3-track master is absolutely stunning. Engineer C. Robert Fine had a keen sense of placing sounds between left and right, treating the center as though it was a channel all by itself. Consequently, the recording could not have sounded better, and Cugat's orchestrations make perfect use of Fine's stereo sound stage. The tunes are Afro-Cuban in nature, but Jungle Concerto (the Columbia 78 rpm disc was titled "Jungle Rhumba"), Siboney, Say Si, Si and Perfidia all deserve specific attention, particularly the latter. Cugi begins Perfidia with bowed celli that are easily mistaken for muted trombones. For percussion, Cugi uses a Quija, which is a donkey's jawbone. Viva Cugat! must be heard to be appreciated, and appreciated it will be. Avoid mono pressings (shown), as part of the album's greatness lies in its stereo mix.