An illustrated 32 page booklet includes detailed sleeve notes with track-by-track commentary on each song.
Latin rhythms have infiltrated into every new branch of popular music that has emerged during the twentieth century. Jelly Roll Morton and W.C. Handy incorporated the Cuban habanera into early jazz and blues; the Argentinean tango found its way into twenties dance-band music; the Brazilian baion and bossanova styles wound their way through the sixties beat boom and were revived in the drum’n’bass of the nineties. But none had such an all-pervasive influence as the rumba. Its journey from the Middle-East through North Africa and Spain to the New World brought it into American dance halls in the thirties.
The syncopated, rhythmic riffs of bandleaders such as Xavier Cugat helped to liberate dancers from stuffy foxtrots and waltzes, opening up an altogether more sensual world of excitement and exoticism. In post-war popular music, rumba is everywhere, from Dave Bartholomew’s Country Boy to the Clash’s Rock The Casbah, picking up Little Richard’s Slippin’ and Slidin’ and the Beatles’ Ballad Of John And Yoko along the way. Even hillbilly records featured rumba bass lines. Its 3-2 clave rhythm, which Bo Diddley stylised and made into his very own, became an integral part of American music and continues to cast its spell over popular music to the current day.All tracks have been carefully remastered to optimise the sound.
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1. That's Your Last Boogie - Joe Swift with Johnny Otis Orchestra
2. T-Bone Blues - T-Bone Walker with Les Hite Orchestra
3. Daybreak - Pee Wee Crayton
4. Fat Meat 'n' Greens - Edgar Hayes
5. Mambo Boogie - Johnny Otis Orchestra
6. Back Home Blues - Lowell Fulson
7. Cuba Doll - Lloyd Glenn
8. Heartbreaker - Ray Charles
9. Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton
10. Woke Up This Morning - B.B. King
11. Hey Now Baby - Professor Longhair
12. Country Boy - Dave Bartholomew
13. Bon Ton Roula - Clarence Garlow
14. Jock-O-Mo - Sugar Boy Crawford
15. Mardi Gras In New Orleans - Fats Domino
16. Tell Me Pretty Baby - Lloyd Price
17. Hey Little Girl - Billy Wright
18. Banana Split - Kid King’s Combo
19. Early In The Morning - Louis Jordan and His Timpani Five
20. I Come From Jamaica - Chris Powell’s Five Blue Flames
21. Jumping With The Rhumba - Sonny Thompson
22. My Baby's Gone - The Ray-O-Vacs
23. Rhumba Blues - Skeets Tolbert
24. Roll And Rumba - Jimmy Reed
25. I Can’t Be Satisfied - Muddy Waters
26. Mexican Reminiscences - Champion Jack Dupree
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