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Jivaro
Jivaro Monophonic
War Cry - "This traditional war cry is used also, with varying accents and inflections, as a call to reunion to great ceremonies or a warning of approaching danger.  Here Yma Sumac sings of impending invasion and decries the injustice of man to man, while the chorus of warriors surrounding her responds, deciding aloud their course of action."  (Liner notes from 1956 pressing)  (Moisés Vivanco - 2:54)
Recorded in 1957  

Review and Analysis of Jivaro 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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This first song sets the tone for the rest of the album and it is decidedly strange.  Most of the songs have this same atmosphere of ritual.  This is a form of program music that specializes in depicting primitive, pagan ceremonies but is a far cry from the lushly elegant "Incan" material promoted six years earlier.  For maximum effect, Yma needs either colorful orchestrations to support and frame her peculiar palate of colors and shadings, or the lone accompaniment of guitar, flute and perhaps percussion.  Instead, you get rattles, tom-toms, bones, antiquated strings of questionable pitch, and a mixed chorus of headhunters and savages who, themselves, are very refined singers.

The song opens with Yma shouting "Ji-var-o" and huskily laughing in her contralto register.  The accompanying warriors echo her cry and a drum beat sounds as Yma begins the theme using chant-like fragments.  Near the close, she builds to a fine, forte high B and C then repeats a portion of the same phrase, but this time pianissimo.  At the end, she belts out another yell, this time to a gravelly E flat in the staff.

Jivaro  is included on the following releases
catalog no: ASIN: B003F6CT5A
Download only version of Legend of the Jivaro also contains the two sides from Yma Sumac's stand-alone single and the tracks from the Broadway show, Flahooley. 2010 United Kingdom
catalog no: EAP 1-770
Fifth album, EP reissue in three volumes 1957 United States
catalog no: EAP 1-770
Fifth album, EP reissue in three volumes 1957 United Kingdom
catalog no: 2 C 054-80 293
12" LP compilation from France, has small color cover photo from Mambo photo session.  This was volume 10 in a series of albums by popular artists. 1976 France
catalog no: T-770
This French issue of Yma Sumac's fifth album, recorded in 1957, was probably an original 1957 issue. 1957 France
catalog no: T-770
Fifth album, first album to have an original release in 12" LP format 1957 United States
catalog no: T-770
This French reissue of Yma Sumac's fifth album, recorded in 1957, was made in 1985.  Although most U.S. pressings were not dated, often the foreign ones were, as was this issue, making it easy to know when it was made.  While most imports were uncommon in the U.S., for many years this was . . . 1984 France
catalog no: SL-9799
Red-tone cover photo, available mail order only 1988 United States
catalog no: 7243 8 317161 3
Double LP Compilation from Greece features tracks from Voice of the Xtabay, Mambo! and Legend of the Jivaro 1971 Greece
catalog no: LA 24
Hard to find CD collection featuring songs from several early '50s Yma Sumac albums with two tracks from the 1961 Recital LP. Little else is known about this compilation, which appears to have all the telltale signs of being a bootleg. It is also interesting to note that the author of the booklet se . . . 1998 Italy
catalog no: CD-45 524
Part of a series of public domain CD releases from Promo Sound, formerly listed here is being in Italy but their business headquarters are in Ireland. 1996 Ireland
catalog no: 7243-8-36 355-2-8
Reissue of fifth album, first CD release. 1996 United States
catalog no: 8363552
EMI Rarities reissue of fifth album from France 1999 France
catalog no: ASIN: B00IWUL4EQ
Compact Disc version of Yma Sumac's Legend of the Jivaro and Fuego del Ande. Probably a bootleg as no EMI/Capital Records licensing information could be found. These tracks are included on legitimate releases of both albums. The exact country of origin is unknown. 2014 United Kingdom
catalog no: TK-504
Compact disc made from vinyl sources pairs two records on one disk, with the two original cover arts on opposite sides of the CD packaging.  It is interesting to note that this CD has the uncut version of Sojello which has not been heard in that form since the early releases after which the master . . . 1994 United States
catalog no: CD 12517
Features tracks by Yma Sumac, one of which is a live performance from 1961 in Bucharest, Romania, while the rest are mostly instrumentals by various South American groups. 1994 Italy
catalog no: 796 642-2
Contains second half of Mambo! and complete Legend of the Jivaro, volume two of two 1991 France
catalog no: 7243-8-37 518-2-2
CD single with a track each of the 1996 CD reissues 1996 United States
catalog no: 7243837518-2-2
Reissue of CD single with a track each of the 1996 CD reissues and new cover art to match the Ultimate Yma Sumac Collection 2000 United States
catalog no: CD-367
Compact disc compilation. 1995 Italy
catalog no: CD 367
Part of a series of public domain CD releases from Promo Sound, formerly listed here is being in Italy but their business headquarters are in Ireland. 1997 Ireland
catalog no: PCD-1172
This compilation was the first CD released of Yma Sumac's material 1987 United States
catalog no: CDL 9568
Yma Sumac's first CD, this particlar pressing of the compilation was from Canada. 1987 Canada
catalog no: CDL 9568
Yma Sumac's first CD which in this case is a compilation.  This is a later reissue. 1991 United States
catalog no: TOCP 50 037
CD compilation from Japan features a nice cross section of Yma Sumac's '50s material.  Now out of print, it still shows up once in a while. 1996 Japan
catalog no: 23351
76 Hits and Rarities from the goddess of Exotica. More details and track for this September 2012 collection coming soon. 2012 United Kingdom
Although this double CD has the tracks in a different order, it is basically the CD version of the LP, The Very Best of Yma Sumac, and is one of the few known pressings from Greece. 2003 Greece
catalog no: 118734
Anthologie 1950-1959 Compact Disc set of Yma Sumac's containing all of Yma Sumac's 1950's Capitol Records original release catalog. Probably a bootleg as no EMI/Capital Records licensing information could be found. These tracks are included on legitimate releases of all the original albums. 2013 France
catalog no: 0777 7 99701 2 4
Two-CD reissue of Voice of the Xtabay (original eight tracks only), Mambo and Legend of the Jivaro, in one jewel case. Manufactured in Holland for EMI Germany. 1992 Germany
catalog no: 1552984
Cassette reissue of Yma Sumac's fifth album, this version from France is the only cassette reissue known 1984 France
catalog no: 4 XL-57 080
This brief cassette compilation has one stereo track and is the first time that Babalu was heard since its release as a 78 rpm and 45 rpm single in the '50s.  This cassette contains a good cross section of Yma Sumac's recordings. 1989 United States
catalog no: 4 XL-9799
B/W cover photo, mail order edition. This early release has two addional tracks not found on later cassette reissues. 1988 United States
catalog no: PDK-2-1172
First cassette compilation has two tracks fewer than the compact disc version 1992 United States
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. 1996 United States
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