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Saturday, February 20, 2010

PABLITO AND HIS PACHANGA




PALACE RECORDS
PST-668
1960s
STEREO





SIDE A:



Chapanecas 2:53
La Paloma 2:58
Glow Worm 2:18
La Cucaracha 3:17
Adios Muchachos 2:45
El Caminito 2:46

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SIDE B:



Mexican Hat Dance 2:54
Pachangito de Torres 2:57
Cielito Lindo 2:36
Ay-Ay-Ay 2:26
Media Luz 2:41
La Cumparsita 2:49

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Editor's note: this sounds like a soundtrack for all of those familiar but unknown keyboard horn reproduced melodies played at sporting events to rouse the fans in between action or when the home team is on the verge of accomplishing something. As it should be since these are festive songs and people are lured into dancing to forget about the world spinning 'round us. If this sounds like an upbeat review it's only because I have a splitting headache and can barely open my eyes to type let alone listen to the music. This is definitely summer music meant for kicking through the sand and planning a coup or your next adventure with Pablita the dancing girl with bananas in her hair.
In Cuba in 1955, Los Papines fused the violin-based music of charangas and the trumpet-based music of conjuntos Eduardo Davidson's La Pachanga (1959), recorded by Orquesta Sublime, introduced Cuba to a Colombian dance (which was confusingly called "charanga" in the USA). But, as Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba (1959), the epicenter of Latin music moved to other islands and then south. Charanga and pachanga became brief fads in the USA, while the "son" left Cuba and migrated to Puerto Rico.

As a dance, pachanga has been described as "a happy-go-lucky dance" of Cuban origin with a Charleston flavor due to the double bending and straightening of the knees. It is danced to the downbeat of four-four time to the usual mambo offbeat music characterized by the charanga instrumentation of flutes, viollins, and drums.

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