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Seeco Sampler

Regular visitors to this blog (and I’m not sure why there would be any given the erratic frequency of posting) know of my love for the Seeco record label. Well imagine my joy when I stumbled upon this gem at the local Goodwill outlet store. If you’ve never been to a Goodwill outlet store, it’s worth a trip just for the spectacle. Picture row after row of troughs, filled with the dregs and unwanted leftovers and castoffs from the thrift stores from the surrounding area. There’s always a sizable crowd of people digging through the troughs, and another long line anxiously awaiting the arrival of new troughs to be wheeled out. Everything is sold by the pound, so yes, this record was purchased by the pound. I bought a Gameboy and this record for the grand total of 79 cents.

Given the nature of this discovery, you can rightly imagine that the condition of the vinyl is less than ideal. In my mind, the music more than outshines the cracks and pops, and in fact, adds to the charm in my opinion. This one is a winner, no matter how you slice it.

This is a sampler of the Seeco “Una Noche en …” series. There are twelve Una Noche albums featured on the cover, and I have never actually seen any of them in the wild. Google tells me there was a series of samplers.

Check out “El Bombon de Elena”:

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SeecoSampler.zip (46MB)

Side One:
Havana – Micaela – Joseph Trouillot with Ernest Lamy Orch.
Mexico – Alma Triste – Mariachi Tres Piedras
Buenos Aires – Adios Muchachos – Hermanos Alak & Orch.
Rio – Samba Blanca – Noro Morales Orch.
Madrid – El Relicario – Espana Orch.
Caracas – Tu Rica Boca – Carlos Argentino with Sonora Matancera

Side Two:
Puerto Rico – El Bombon de Elena – Ismael Rivera with Cortijo and his Combo
Lisboa – Uma Casa Portuguesa – Marciel Bianchi & his Guitar
Bogota – Cuando Vuelvas Conmigo – Alberto Beltran with Hector de Leon and his Conjunto
Quisqueya – El Sombrero de Gaspar – Jaime Richetti with Conjunto Tipico Cibaeno Angel Viloria
Paris – Grands Boulevards – Aimable & his Parisians
Roma – Chichilo – Los Cuatro Acordeones

Perez Prado

The lady in the silver dress returns gracing the cover of “Great Mambos” from Perez Prado. The cover doesn’t lie folks…these are Great mambos. Sorry for the nearly month-long gap between posts, and thanks to those who have commented so far. I love hearing what people think of these. And to all my new visitors from Poland, Witaj Polsko! stop by, say “hi” and leave a comment!

Check out Guaglione:

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PerezPrado.zip (43MB)

Little-known Fact: In Peru, Catholic authorities threatened to deny absolution for anyone who participated in mambo dancing.

Mambo Royale

Mambo Royale

Here’s a little 10-inch record from 1954 on the Royale label that features Ralph Font and the Royale Latin Orchestra. Looks like “Cooties” were the official Mambo mascot that year. Solid mambo music here.

Have a listen to Bing Bang Mambo:

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Royale Mambo.zip (19MB)