Montag, Januar 16, 2006
Esquivel - To Love Again (1957)
Esquivel records are typically considered the ultimate way to show off the magic of stereo sound. It hardly seems possible that the full effect could come from a monaural recording. But his debut LP, "To Love Again", is easily his finest work. In 1954 Esquivel was
designated, with Perez Prado, the most distinguished arranger in his field. This opened the market in the U.S., where this album came out in 1957. "Nightingale", "Nocturnal", "Besame Mucho" and "Siboney" all are first-rate and can easily compete with any of Esquivel's best later work. The remainder of the album really is about as good, making it consistently excellent from start to finish. The trademark chorus is present throughout. Note that Esquivel's arrangement of "Jungle Drums" makes its first LP appearance here: It is updated on his second-best album, the stereo masterpiece "Latin-Esque". "Besame Mucho" is reworked on 1967's compilation "The Genius of Esquivel". Esquivel died in 2002...