• Maria del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza, professionally known by her stage name CHARO, is a Spanish-American actress, singer, comedienne and flamenco guitarist who was well known for her flamboyant style and her catchphrase “Cuchi-Cuchi.” Having married Latin superstar Xavier Cugat in 1966, who had taken Charo on as his protégé, this all round performer racked up a multitude of film and television appearances (alongside her musical career - she was voted Best Flamenco Guitarist twice in Guitar Player Magazine) throughout the 60's and 70's which helped to make her a household name in the U.S.A. Charo even had a spell headlining her own shows in Las Vegas.
• In 1977 Charo released her first album, CUCHI-CUCHI, and could not have teamed up with a better group than The Salsoul Orchestra to realise this ambition. As the house band for Salsoul Records The Salsoul Orchestra had honed their skills over the previous few years recording many albums for established artists as well as releasing their own, mostly instrumental recordings, to high acclaim.
• CUCHI-CUCHI opens with the single ‘Dance A Little Bit Closer.’ This track has all the hallmarks of a classic Salsoul groove with its solid mid-tempo percussive beat and strong interplay between the sweeping strings and horn phrases, while Charo's breathy vocal sits on top inviting everyone to get to know each other a little bit better on the dance floor. Title track ‘Cuchi-Cuchi’ is a much more up-tempo and intense affair with swelling strings and horns alongside deft guitar work and arresting drum breakdowns while Charo insists that we all want the same thing... Cuchi Cuchi. Other notable tracks are the excellent reinterpretation of The Rolling Stones ‘Let's Spend The Night Together’ which softens the tone and adds a sultry Latin strut to proceedings, and ‘You're Just The Right Size,’ a classic Salsoul groove with a great guitar hook and shimmering strings under the repeated phrase of the title.
• BBR is proud to present CUCHI-CUCHI. This expanded and re-mastered edition comes complete with extensive liner notes and added bonus material.
• This BBR re-master is a must have for all R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco and Pop fans out there!
Dance A Little Bit Closer 4:34
Let's Spend The Night Together 4:32
More Of You 5:03
El Reloj (The Clock) 3:09
Speedy Gonzalez 2:48
Cookie Jar 2:32
You're Just The Right Size 3:41
Only You 5:25
Dance A Little Bit Closer (12" Disco Version) 6:18
Cuchi-Cuchi (12" Disco Version) 6:59
Mamacita Donde Esta Santa Claus ? 5:42
Label : Big Break Records
Ean : 5013929055933
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