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Yma Sumac Collection, The

catalog no: promo
"Selections From the Forthcoming Albums" - this seldom seen cassette tape heralded the reissue of Yma Sumac's entire Capitol Records' catalog in 1996 and was later reissued on compact disc as Sampler Exotica with different, though similar, cover art and the same liner notes.

This item or the material it contains is available in the Shopping area of this site. A copy exists in the Archives in case there are specific questions about it. The Tiki logo is not on the actual artwork.

The Right Stuff - EMI - Monophonic / Stereo - 1996 United States   Cassette Tape

Historical notes
Liner Notes
It is no exaggeration to say that Yma Sumac possesses the most extraordinary voice of our times.  If it were but a vocal instrument it would still be exciting, but this beautiful Incan princess plays her fabulous four-octave range with such a variety of emotions, attitudes and tonal color that the result is a unique and spellbinding experience.

Born high in the Peruvian Andes, a descendant of the last of the Incan kings, Yma Sumac spent her childhood literally "talking" with the birds, the beasts, the winds, the sounds of life and nature surrounding the little village of Ichocan.

While still a small girl she began taking part in the religious pageants and services of the sun-worshipping Indians and became almost deified by them.  Word of her phenomenal vocal powers reached Lima, the Peruvian capitol, and an official government delegation travelled into this remote mountain region to see and hear what they secretely believed to be a myth.  Yma Sumac was real, however, and a few years later she was in Lima, studying, singing, maturing, becoming Peru's precious gift to the world.

(select song title to see other recordings with it)

      side one

    1. Xtabay    (Les Baxter, John Rose) - 3:16
    2. Jivaro    (Moisés Vivanco) - 2:54
    3. Bo Mambo!    (Moisés Vivanco, Billy May) - 3:17

      site two

    1. Virgenes del Sol    (trad. arr. Jorge Bravo de Rueda, Moisés Vivanco) - 2:51
    2. Kuyaway    (trad. arr. Moisés Vivanco) - 2:25
    3. total play time (approx): 14:43

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