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Mambo for Cats
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RCA Victor EPB-1063

Side 1

Perez Prado - Jazz Me Blues
Noro Morales - The Sheik of Araby

Side 3

Perez Prado - Jersey Bounce
Tony Martinez - Fascinating Rhythm

Side 2

Al Romero - Muskrat Ramble Mambo
Don Elliott - Love for Sale

Side 4

Damiron - Lullaby of Birdland
Don Elliott - Makin' Whoopie


Man, it's time to bolt down the furniture and kick back the rugs. This is no time to be
a drag - let down your hair, roll up those trousers and start swingin'! This is the
righteous stuff for all you jazzbos - mambo for cats - and man, if you're not a
jumpin', rockin', screamin' cat by the time this record ends, there's just no hope -
you're dead.

We've assembled just about every fast-movin' mambo outfit in the game, lighted a
fire under their respective music stands, and brother, the results are absolutely the
livin' end. They just have to be, for this is music that moves and moves and never
gives up - it's the greatest, man; it's the most frantic, it's the hippest! And any of
you deluded hipsters who thought the Latins could play nothing but guitars are sure
livin' somewhere in the middle ages.

Every tune we're pushin' at you here is a real jazz standard, most of them the kind
that the boys have been blowin' around in circles since ole Sarchmo was in knee
pants. But it's a sure, safe bet that you've never heard the mad flurry of notes
assembled here - the tunes are there all right, but with that mambo beat they kick
and rock, they roll and riot like nothin' you cats have ever been sent to before. Man,
you're gonna be gone, and you're goin' far.

There's that crazy Prado makin' like mad with Jazz Me Blues. He's a wild man, he's
really gone, knockin' out those cool, screechin' notes. Here he is again with Jersey
Bounce,
diggin' like mad, throwing himself all over the stand. His hysteria is catchin';
man, even on the phonograph this Stuff'll murder you - that is, if your speaker
holds out and the walls don't crumble around your jumpin' feet. And here's Al Romero
latchin' on to Muskrat Ramble Mambo - he's wingin' low with only vibes and
rhythm but, man, when he hits you've had it - watch out for flyin' glass.

Now you can dig Noro Morales, that real gone Latin cat who lowers his sights on The
Sheik of Araby -
what he does to them is probably illegal, but while he's windin' up
he turns out some of the most finger poppin' music you've ever glommed an ear to.
And here's Lullaby of Birdland, too - man, that's practically the hipster's theme song,
nice and cool and crazy, served up here by that jumpin' eighty-eighter, Damiron. And
now, cats, you can flip your lids to Tony Martinez' real mad renditions of Fascinating
Rhythm,
and then go completely off your rocker while Don Elliott, one of the absolute
terrors of modern jazz, sticks pins in Love for Sale and Makin' Whoopee. And man, if
you're still conscious after all this, you've got it made.

Jumpin' with these sides is the only known requirement for life membership in the
Benevolent and Protective Order of Lid Flippers and Happy Hipsters. That's all you
gotta do, man - move with the music, throw away those inhibitions, and if you've
got some rafters handy, start swingin' from 'em. But look, cats - don't get your feet
wet unless your ticker's tickin', unless you've been takin' your vitamin pills and really
want to get your kicks. For man, we've finally discovered what really happens
when that irresistible force meets the immovable object. When the mambo meets
jazz, man, don't run for cover - just stand your ground and swing with the rest -
but above all else, friends, STAY LOOSE!

BILL ZEITUNG

Copyright 1955, Radio Corporation of America













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