Review and Analysis of Flahooley by Nicholas E. Limansky
From Yma Sumac - The Art Behind the Legend
used with permission - all rights reserved, © Nicholas E. Limansky
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Each of the three pieces accentuates different aspects of Yma's unique vocalism. According to Hernán Braña, the Flahooley songs are unusual in that each song was done in one take. Studied as demonstrations of Yma's musical thought processes, each demonstrates a high level of originality and shows the remarkable battery of vocal effects she could call upon in an instant.
Additional notes: recorded in New York City, May 27, 1951 and released, June 18, 1951. The original 78 set was the only 6-disk Yma Sumac album with a 7" EP Boxed Set following shortly afterwards, being the only Boxed EP by her as well. The 12" LP appeared in 1955 and all of these early pressings are collectors' items today, as are the later vinyl and CD reissues, especially since none are currently in print. Due to the length of the recording, there was never a 10" LP issued.
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