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The Roots of Timba - Part II - La Ritmo 75: Bailando de todo

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1975 - LD-3536 - The CA-1098-1099 Sessions

If someone were to publish a coffee table book on Cuban album cover art, it will be short and sweet. The cover shown above, for example, was so lovely that EGREM, in its infinite wisdom, decided to use it for several different albums, while using several covers to release the 11 songs recorded at the epic CA-1098-1099 sessions in 1975:

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CA1098 Yo bailo de todo Rolando Vergara s LD3536
CA1098 Te digo lo que siento A. Miranda/W. Espinosa

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CA1098 Que crezca la mujer Frank Pérez s LD3536
CA1098  Eternamente nuestro Enrique Lazaga b LD3536
CA1098  La chica mamey Juan Crespo Maza s LD3536
         
CA1099 Ahora sí voy a gozar Juan Crespo Maza s LD3536
CA1099 Lágrimas negras Miguel Matamoros b-s LD3536
CA1099 Un matrimonio feliz Roberto Núñez s LD3536
CA1099 Canción a la esposa Sergio Morales b LD3536
CA1099 Y se baila así Enrique Lazaga gu-s LD3536
CA1099 Amor, no dejes que te olvide Enrique Lazaga b-mb LD3536

red=first recorded in CA-718 sessions

Of the five boleros, only one, the profoundly unusual cover of Miguel Matamoros' classic Lágrimas negras, has ever been released on CD or even unofficially distributed in the form of a bootleg vinyl transfer. In other words, we've never heard them, and not for lack of trying! Our best guess is that Te digo lo que siento, Eternamente nuestro, Canción a la esposa and Amor, no dejes qu te olvide were all traditional boleros, too unremarkable to have made it onto La historia de la Ritmo, Vol. 1, which combines the remaining seven tracks with the non-boleros of the sessions described earlier in our Sigue bailando Manolo section to create the greatest "twofer" this side of Aquí el que baila gana.

1975 Ritmo Oriental- Yo bailo de todo (Rolando Vergara)
bass: Humberto Perera
source: La historia de la Ritmo, Vol. 1

notes: Sabroseao con la Ritmo introduced la Ritmo's new style, and Mi socio Manolo was their first huge hit, but Yo bailo de todo became, for Ritmo Oriental, what De la Habana is for Paulito FG or La bola for Manolín -- their signature song and the inevitable finale to every concert.

We'll tackle this rhythmic masterpiece in three sections: the tumbaos, the cuerpo, and the famous bloque section.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011, 07:32 PM