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Review, Analysis and Recordings Containing
Shou Condor
Shou Condor Monophonic
Giant Condor - "The giant condors of the Andes stand several feet high, are majestic in flight, a soaring symbol to the earthbound people who live below 'like snails in the jungle."  (Moisés Vivanco - 2:46)
Recorded in 1957

Review and Analysis of Shou Condor 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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"The giant condors of the Andes stand several feet high, are majestic in flight, a soaring symbol to the earthbound people who live below 'like snails in the jungle.'

"'Take me to the Valley of the Amazons,' cries the song, 'where every girl is a goddess.'  This mythical Valley of which she sings is surrounded and protected by great carnivorous trees which, so the legend goes, swallow people whole, this making the Paradise within an inaccessible dream."  (Liner notes from 1956 pressing)

This piece is actually rather good and although echo devices are used, they provide a suitably eerie touch to the music and its setting.  There is a hushed vibrancy here that is most unusual.  The range Yma uses for this song is uncommonly low but easily encompassed.

Yma uses open chest voice, the hum, quarter- tones, vocal flips and other effects to cast a strange and definitely mysterious mood.  Here too is the trembling, pleading vibrato and gasp-like whispers that serve to stress the sense of desolation in this song (more successfully used than in the previous "Yawar").  The middle section finds Yma moving to contralto regions and using various types of grace note approaches to notes.  The ending is quite distinct as Yma descends into practically non-vocal regions.  The one distracting feature of this song is the use of an antiquated, squeaky voilin.  It does not sound authentic, it only sounds as if the person using it did not know how to play.

Shou Condor  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 2-770
Fifth album, EP reissue in three volumes 1957 United States
catalog no: EAP 2-770
Fifth album, EP reissue in three volumes 1957 United Kingdom
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: 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: CD 62 056
This CD compilation features tracks from Yma Sumac's Capitol Records sessions and is not to be confused with the unrelated cassette and 12" LP of the same name. The material on this compilation was drawn primarily from the Mambo! and Legend of the Jivaro albums with two tracks from the live Rec . . . 1994 Italy
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: 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: 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
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