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Fania Reissues Tito Puente’s Early 78 RPM Recordings
Published October 9, 2008

The Complete 78s compiles favorites and rare treasures in an 8-CD collection.

Fania Records compiles some of the best and rarest works from the legend Tito Puente with The Complete 78s four-volume series. Born and raised in Spanish Harlem, Tito Puente was known around the world as "The Timbal King," but he was also skilled at the bateria, congas, claves, piano, saxophone, and clarinet. Puente received the highest awards, distinctions, and praise for his more than 100 albums, 400 compositions, and countless arrangements for diverse artists and musical genres. Among those was the coveted Grammy, which he won five times. With the death of Maestro Tito Puente on May 31, 2000, an important chapter in the history of Latin American music closed forever. At the same time, he became a legend.


Volume 1 is a memorable collection, sharing many favorites and rare treasures from the classic Tito 78 RPM recordings of Tito Puente and his Orchestra and Quartet (1949-1955), remastered and carefully assembled by Joe Conzo (a Puente confidant and historian). Some of these tracks were only available until now in the original 78s and never made it to LP or CD format. The Complete 78s Volume 1 showcases the true genius of Tito Puente, documenting his transition from conjuto bandleader to big band arranger, composer, conductor and creator of a sound that became popular throughout the world.     


The second installment is a mind blower, 40 more tunes on two CDs. You will find Tito performing together with the famous DeCastro Sisters, as well as tracks featuring such brilliant performers as Willie Bobo and Charlie Palmieri. The second volume includes some of the most famous tunes of that period, known as the Palladium or mambo era.     


With volumes 3 and 4 out soon, The Complete 78s (each consisting of 2 CDs for a total of 8 CDs in the collection), the timeless songs of Tito Puente will set your dancing feet on fire.