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Babalu [RCA] ()


Twenty tracks from his 1946-49 prime, mostly paced by Arnaz himself on vocals, with some instrumentals and occasional pieces for female singers Jane Harvey, Elsa Miranda, and Amanda Lane. Sure, this is sometimes corny, but more often it's invigorating Latin big-band pop, Arnaz' conga and quasi-operatic vocals to the forefront. Those who dismiss this as Cuban rhythms watered down for American consumption are missing the essential point: it's fun stuff that's usually overflowing with joie de vivre, as a listen to "Babalu," ...

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  1. Babalu
  2. Through a Thousand Dreams
  3. Siboney
  4. Cuban Pete
  5. Made for Each Other
  6. Tico-Tico
  7. I'll Take the Rhumba/Mil]
  8. Carnival in Rio
  9. Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)
  10. Guadalajara
  11. In Santiago, Chile (Tain't Chilly at All)
  12. El Cumbanchero
  13. Ah-Bah-Nah, Coo-Bah
  14. Tabú
  15. Carinoso
  16. Holiday in Havana
  17. Cuban Cabby
  18. Another Night Like This
  19. Straw Hat Song
  20. Good Night
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