ORQUESTA COPACABANA "AMARANTO EN VARADERO" ('60) HEAR
TITLE: AMARANTO EN VARADERO
ARTIST : AMARANTO Y SU ORQUESTA COPACABANA DE CARDENAS
LABEL & RECORD #: BRAVO #124 ( A CUBAN MAYPE LABEL SUBSIDIARY) IT HAS TO BE RECORDED AT THE END OF THE 50s BECAUSE ONCE CASTRO (1960) TOOK THE "POWER" HE CHANGED THE BAND'S NAME TO "AMARANTO AND HIS BANDA GIGANTE"...ANYWAY THE BRAVO LABEL PRESSED THIS ONE IN MIAMI IN LATE 1960...THE COVER SHOWS THE BAND IN THE FAMOUS VARADERO BEACH NEAR THE OASIS HOTEL!!!
VINYL CONDITION: HEAR SOUNDS CLIPS INCLUDED: NM HEAVY VINYL!
LABELS CONDITIONS: SEE SCAN : BRAVO #124 (1960/61)...NM<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
COVER CONDITION: SEE SCAN :NM....STILL IN SHRINK FILM BUT OPENED
REMARKS: COLLECTOR's ITEM...In Rare Instances I include 2 Sound Clips Sets....They Have To Be Good!!!...THIS IS ONE OF THOSE RARE INSTANCES!!!
ORQUESTA COPACABANA – AMARANTO..... 1960
Del creador del ritmo Taco-Taco, nos llega la última producción de Amaranto, con una selección de temas que acreditan la brillantez de este maestro. Intérprete, compositor y arreglista, Amaranto es el creador del ritmo Taco-Taco: una mezcla entre el Son y la Guaracha.
Su primera orquesta, formada por él mismo en 1954, la bautizó como Copacabana. Con ésta, recorrió todos los salones, clubs y demás salas de fiesta, donde predominaba el turismo estadounidense. En 1960, a raíz del cambio social que se produjo en Cuba, decidió cambiar el nombre de la orquesta por el de Amaranto y Su Banda Gigante. En esta etapa, realizaron una gira por todo el país, trabajaron principalmente en el Hotel Oasis de Varadero, donde tocaron junto a las más importantes orquestas del momento. En 1961 su provincia natal le hace un homenaje e invitan a uno de los pilares de la música cubana, Benny Moré.
Después de varios años trabajando por todo el país y realizando giras internacionales, decide arraigarse en La Habana, cambiando de nuevo el nombre de la orquesta por Amaranto y su Orquesta.
Ahora en esta producción queda impregnado el inconfundible sello de Amaranto donde encontraremos algunas de sus composiciones más populares. De entre los temas que se incluyen en el álbum destacamos “Piensas Que Bailas Sabroso”, “Dame Un Chance”, “A Mi Babalao”, “Mi Verdadero Amor”, “Mi Querida Ochún” y “La Cola y El Taco”
From the singer, composer, arranger and creator of the Taco Taco rhythm, Amaranto presents his latest production with a track selection that clearly demonstrates the talent of this maestro. The Taco-Taco rhythm is a blend of Son and Guaracha.
He formed his own orchestra in 1954 called Copacabana. He toured all over Cuba with them, mainly in the American tourist centres. In 1960 with the social changes in Cuba , he decided to change the name of his orchestra to Amaranto y Su Banda Gigante. During this time he went on tour throughout Cuba mainly performing in the Hotel Oasis de Varadero, where he played alongside the most important orchestras of the era. In 1961 his home province played a tribute to him and even the legend Benny Moré was invited.
After many years working all over the country and going on international tours, he then decided to settle in Havana and renamed his orchestra again, this time becoming Amaranto y su Orquesta.
This production is in the unmistakeable style of Amaranto and includes some of his most popular compositions such as “Piensas Que Bailas Sabroso”, “Dame Un Chance”, “A Mi Babalao”, “Mi Verdadero Amor”, “Mi Querida Ochún” y “La Cola y El Taco”.
TRACKS SIDE A"
1- EL BARABARO LLEGO
2- LA CUCHARA
3- SOY EL VILLANAZO
4- SOY FELIZ SIN TI
TRACKS SIDE B:
1- LA TIERRA DEL RCO SON
2- NADA DE TI
3- TEN JABON
4- LA ESCANDALOSA
6- ALLI SE ACABO
Possible Personnel (as of 1959):
G. Amaranto Ferndndez Himely Piano
Ricardo Cabo Verde Trompeta
Rodolfo Simon Trompeta
Juan Carlos Duran Saxo tenor y baritono
Luis A. Hernandez Saxo alto
Jose Dume Montoro Bajo
Menelao Cabezas Timbal
Antonio Torriente Tumbador
Dionisio Herera Bongo
Eddy Mendoza Cantantes
Juan Carlos Miro Cantante
Pichi Valdes Cantante
Jose Lusson Jr. Cantante y coros
Max Gonzalez "La Araña" Maracas
Carlos Amores Guiro
Jose Luis Uriarte Coros
Juan Cralos Miro Coros
Ciso Guanche Coros
FROM A COLLECTOR:
“He formed his first band 'Copacabana' in 1954.
He changed the name in 1960 to 'Amaranto Y Su Banda Gigante'.
His first LP on the then young Egrem record label titled "Amaranto Y Su Banda De Cardenas" is an incredibly swinging recording, showing not only his piano playing, but his great arranging skill with that fat ballsy ever-present thick baritone sax sound.
On this LP Amaranto does killer arrangements of "Dame Un Chance" as a Son Montuno by Electo Rosell ("Chepin") , "La Tierra Del Rico Son" as a Guapacha by 'Felix Cardenas', "Es Rico y sabrosón" as a Son Montuno, "Voy Monte Adentro" as a son Montuno by 'Pedro "Peruchin" Justiz' and "Chiqui-Chiqui" done as a Mozambique, the last two with flute solos. His Danzónes on this are also superb.Vocals by lead singer, Bebo Suau.
His early LP's are rare and obscure.
I have two of them, one on Egrem and the one before it on the Bravo label (the original…still in Cuba was released on the MAYPE label!!).
The BRAVO LP above sold on Ebay for $200.00
He has a 2003 CD out on the Envidia label, but I've never heard it.
However being familiar with Envidia, I probably wouldn't like it.
Sadly... I found a video on YouTube of him at the age of 81 with a band playing in someplace that looked like it was for tourists in Cuba”
CD REVIEW…..Import CD (Envidia 7072) (my note: not a good sound!!), Released 2003;
The Envidia mission, to pull noteworthy Cuban musicians and bandleaders out of obscurity, continues with this new release by pianist, bandleader G. Amaranto Fernández Himely.
Amaranto's first band called Copacabana, which he formed in 1954. The name changed in 1960 to Amaranto Y Su Banda Gigante. His orchestra became the house band at the Oasis Hotel in Varadero, were the best Cuban musicians were featured. Elena Burke, Orestes Macias, and the legendary sonero Benny Moré. Amaranto became the show manager at Varadero beach, a powerful position to be in.
Amaranto is known for creating the Taco Taco rhythm, a medley of son and guaracha. He is credited for over 50 titles of boleros, mambos, danzones, chachachás and guarachas. Some of his best material is revisited here, his first new release since 1995.
Recommended. (BP, 2003-06-04)
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