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Filling a request of sorts. There were actually two of these Mexico/S.A. albums from Mr. Mottola, and this is the second one, the first one being “Love Songs Mexico/S.A.” This is a 1966 release and in pretty darn good shape. I received a very positive response to the other Mottola album on the site, so hope you all like this one too. There’s a lot here to enjoy, and a whole range of Latin music styles, all done up with the Command Records quality we’ve come to appreciate. Yes, (from the back of the jacket, best to be read in the voice of Barry White) “that wonderful spell of enchantment is here again … Tony Mottola pouring out rich, pulsing emotion on ‘the instrument of love’ … the gorgeous, sensuous sound of his fabulous gut-string guitar, the sound which made his Love Songs Mexico/S.A. (Command 889) one of the most breathtaking albums ever recorded.”

Give a listen to Cavaquinho:

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Amor.zip (49MB)

Side One
La Raspa
Quando Vuelva A Tu Lado (What A Difference a Day Made)
Tijuana Taxi
Vaya Con Dios
Peligro Bossa Nova
Baile De Venezuela

Side Two
Baia
Cavaquinho
Cuando Calienta El Sol (Love Me With All Your Heart)
La Mentira (Se Te Olvida)
Recado Bossa Nova
Yo Te Amo

Carnival in Far Away Places

Another great Charles Magnante release. This one is from ’67 and features “…a new kind of musical excitement that combines the provocative talents of Charles Magnante, the musician, and Charles Magnante, the sound expert. It combines the musical and technical creativity of Magnante with the most famous engineering staff in the recording world…” Hyperbole, but actually not far off. These are great arrangements, bringing “new” life to these standards. And the vinyl is in pristine shape. Enjoy!

Check out “Never on a Sunday:”

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Carnival.zip (48MB)

Side One
Carnival
Two Guitars
Brasilia
Anna
April In Portugal
Yellow Bird

Side Two
La Cucaracha
Never On Sunday
Espana Cani
Czardas
Under Paris Skies
Just Say I Love Her

Roman Guitar

Sometimes a guitar is just a guitar…but not in the hands of Tony “Mr. Big” Mottola. This one has all the hallmarks of a wonderful Enoch Light release: dynamic stereo effects, lots of Dick Schory-style percussion and a “live” in the studio sound.

Check out Neapolitan Tarantella:

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Mottola.zip (44MB)

Side 1
La Strada
Anna
Arrivederci, Roma
Sorrento
Violetta

Side 2
Volare
Italian Serenade
Neapolitan Tarantella
Non Dimenticar
Woodpecker Song
Na Voce