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Review, Analysis and Recordings Containing
Najala's Song of Joy
Najala's Song of Joy Monophonic
From Broadway musical Flahooley.  (Moisés Vivanco - 1:17)
Recorded in 1951

Review and Analysis of Najala's Song of Joy 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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Najala's Song of Joy is also lushly orchestrated but is more cheerful than the previous Lament.  It is brief, but effective.  This is a bouncy, wordless expression of ecstacy in G major.  Only "lai-la" is used, the traditional, Peruvian "la-la."  Most notable is a two-octave jump that Yma executes from low d to high d, reminding the listener of an equally treacherous passage in Mozart's soprano concert aria "Vorrei Spiegarvi, O Dio."  The conclusion, with its series of variously accented high Ds, is done with great verve and accuracy.
Najala's Song of Joy  is included on the following releases
Download-only version of Yma Sumac's Flahooley, probably a bootleg as no EMI/Capital Records licensing information could be found. These are the same tracks that can be found on legitimate releases of Flahooley. The exact country of origin is unknown. 2008 Australia
Download-only version of Yma Sumac's Flahooley, probably a bootleg as no EMI/Capital Records licensing information could be found. These are the same tracks that can be found on legitimate releases of Flahooley. The exact country of origin is unknown. 2010 Australia
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: DF-284
Broadway musical soundtrack recording, original 6-disk 78 rpm set.  Although it has been reissued on compact disc which is now out of print, this still remains one of the most sought-after of Yma Sumac's recordings in all formats. 1951 United States
catalog no: EDM-284
Broadway musical, soundtrack recording, boxed EP 1951 United States
catalog no: CAP S-284
Broadway musical, soundtrack recording, test pressing.  This non-production release was pressed on very heavy vinyl or bakelite similar to that used on the 78s of the era and has only very basic labeling. 1955 United States
catalog no: S-284
Broadway musical, soundtrack recording, first LP reissue 1955 United States
catalog no: T-11649
Broadway musical, soundtrack recording.  This is the first 12" LP reissue from around 1955 while the original was released as a 6-disk 78 rpm set in 1951. 1977 United States
catalog no: SOW 90201
Compact Disc compilation from Holland, which is the first time that any of the early 1943 tracks from Argentina have been heard on a CD release outside South America. There is lots of ambiguity in this CD's country of origin (it indicates that it was made in Portugal in some places and The Netherlan . . . 2002 Netherlands
catalog no: ZDM-0777-7-64 764-2-1
This is the compact disc reissue of the Broadway musical soundtrack recording.  Originally released in 1951 as a 6 disk 78 rpm set and a 4 disk boxed EP set with the 12" LP following around 1955.  It disappeared until a 1977 LP reissue and disappeared again until 1993 when this compact dis . . . 1993 United States
catalog no: 19059
Once again, Flahooley returns on compact disc!  This time, the front and back have been printed just like a miniature version of the 1955 LP, or even the original 1951 78 set. 2004 United States
catalog no: OLFC 032
Compact Disc compilation from Italy. 2003 Italy
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
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: BLUE102CD
Double CD collection features remastered tracks from the 1943 Argentina Session along with those from the Capitol Records years. 2005 United Kingdom
catalog no: EG-0777-7-64 764-4-5
This is the cassette reissue of the Broadway musical soundtrack recording. Originally released in 1951 as a 6 disk 78 rpm set and a 4 disk boxed EP set with the 12" LP following around 1955.  It disappeared until a 1977 LP reissue and then this cassette, paired with a compact disc reissue at th . . . 1993 United States
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