Instead of just using a bunch of rushed filler to release an album to house the big hit “Patricia,” Prado and the band use the hit to introduce new listeners to a solid set while showing old fans that hot singles weren’t going to spoil the fun.
Along with the horns, percussion, organ, and ugh!, a guitar helps cut a groove through on several cuts.
While jazz fans were looking elsewhere for their Cuban fix in 1958, mainstream middle class just needed heavy doses of this cat. This album clearly shows why.
— winch (author of
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12 Songs of Christmas
King Records 600
Solid holiday offering from the man from Philly, the man on the Hammond, all instrumental drenched in organ and guitar.
“Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells,” “Christmas Song,” “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “I Saw Mommy…” came from the 1954 10″ All-Time Christmas Favorites (the first R&B Christmas album?), the other six recorded this 1958 set.