Latin, Salsa, Mambo, New York Salsa, Latin Jazz, Latin Pop, World Fusion, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Bolero, Latin Big Band, Cuban Traditions, Cuban Jazz, Western European Traditions, Tropical

Album Review

It's a tough task to live up to the title, but this RCA collection spans the handful of artists who meant most to the mambo during the '50s: Pérez Prado, Beny Moré, Tito Puente, Machito, Tito Rodriguez, and Noro Morales. The track listing is stellar as well, gathering Prado's "Mambo No. 5" and "The Peanut Vendor," Moré's "Babarabatiri" and "Que Bueno Baila Usted," Morales' "Maracaibo," Machito's "Zambia," and Puente's "Hong Kong Mambo." Collecting 14 tracks is a greater accomplishment than most other Latin compilations, and The Best of the Mambo, Vol. 1 is quite a cheap purchase as well. If you're looking for a short, sharp collection of high-energy mambo, this is it, bar none.
John Bush, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Zambia [Live]
  2. Mambo No. 5
  3. Take the "A" Train
  4. Babarabatiri
  5. Claves for Mambo
  6. Mambo Jambo
  7. Bonito y Sabroso [Pretty and Tasty]
  8. Cao Cao Mani Picao
  9. Maracaibo
  10. Mango Mangue
  11. The Peanut Vendor
  12. Hong Kong Mambo
  13. Que Bueno Baila Usted
  14. Sabroso Mambo