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Music / Dance Mania Vol 1

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Dance Mania, Vol. 1 is a 1958 album by Tito Puente, widely regarded as his best installment. His band had already achieved fame in the Hispanic community, but this album was his international breakthrough and became the best-selling album of his entire career.

It was added to the National Recording Registry in 2002.


Side One

  1. "El Cayuco" (2:33)
  2. "Complicación" (3:18)
  3. "3-D Mambo" (2:23)
  4. "Llegó Miján" (3:10)
  5. "Cuando Te Vea" (4:10)

Side Two

  1. "Hong Kong Mambo" (3:42)
  2. "Mambo Gozón" (2:44)
  3. "Mi Chiquita Quiere Bembé" (3:55)
  4. "Varsity Drag" (2:48)
  5. "Estoy Siempre Junto a Ti" (3:10)
  6. "Agua Limpia Todo" (2:55)
  7. "Saca Tu Mujer" (3:02)


  • Tito Puente: bandleader, marimba, percussion, timbales, vibraphone
  • Santos Colon: vocals
  • Ray Barretto, Julio Collazo, Ray Rodriguez: percussion
  • Jimmy Frissau, Bernie Glow, George Lopez, Frank Lo Pinto, Gene Rapett: trumpets
  • Rafael Palau, Jerry Sanfino: saxophone
  • Vitín Avíles, Otto Olivar: choir/coro

Trope Mambo

  • Cover Version: "Complicación" and "Agua Limpia Todo" are a Francisco Aguabella cover, "3-D Mambo" a Ray Santos cover and "Varsity Drag" is a Lew Brown, Buddy DeSylva and Ray Henderson cover and "Estoy Siempre Junto A Ti" a Pepe Delgado cover.
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: To the point of mania, as the title implies. If you don't shake along to these songs then you don't have a pulse, people!
  • Gratuitous English: All tracks are in Spanish, except for "Varsity Drag", a cover of Lew Brown, Buddy DeSylva and Ray Henderson.
  • Heavy Meta: "3-D Mambo", "Hong Kong Mambo" and "Mambo Gozón" are all mambo songs about mambo.
  • Jazz: This album is a cornerstone in Latin jazz.
  • One-Word Title: "Complicación"
  • Sexy Packaging: An attractive lady is used on the album cover.
  • Spicy Latina: The woman on the album cover.
  • Spiritual Successor: "Dance Mania, Vol. 2" (1961).
  • Third Is 3D: The third track on this album is called "3-D Mambo".
  • World Music: This is one of the classics in Latino music.