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Ccori Canastitay
Ccori Canastitay Monophonic
Called "Hori Canastitai" on the disks from Romania that were recorded live in 1961.  (trad. arr. Moisés Vivanco - 2:17)
Recorded in 1952

Review and Analysis of Ccori Canastitay 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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"Though flowers die and my golden basket has no value, my love will remain eternal." (Program notes, Carnegie Hall concert, 2/17/54)

This song was a favorite with both nightclub audiences and concert goers.  Yma's version of this Peruvian folk song is another commercialized re-vamping of the original.  In public performances the piece reverted to the more traditional, authentic version: as a trio with guitar and percussion accompaniment.  It was also popular during the Russian tour and there it was also given an authentic, ethnic presentation.

In this involved, 1951 version, a male chorus underlines Yma's exclamations and the bouncy, cheerful song quickly turns into a remarkable extravaganza of florid ornamentation and intricate, brilliant staccati.  Supported by a string orchestra and brass, Yma tosses off passages that stun the listener for the obvious relish with which she plays among high Ds and Es.  Obviously done in one take, this song contains the only recorded example of Yma faltering.  During one passage of high staccati - which split in two - Yma becomes audibly tired and her pitch sags for a measure.  Within seconds, however, she completely regains her composure and goes on to deliver some of her most impressive, machine-gun staccati on disk.

An obvious Lament, the music certainly fits the title.  The coloraful orchestration includes, piano, strings, woodwinds, bells, brass, xylophone  and reverberating devices.  Like other songs in Legend of the Sun Virgin, Yma duets with herself.  Different from other pieces in the Sumacian repertoire, however, this song opens with a Gershwin-like piano flourish that shows some fascinating jazz influences.  This and others throughout the song lend an unusual aura when juxtaposed with the operatic and exotica elements.  (Although it should be said that there is also an odd resemblance to Walt Disney's Snow White in a few of Yma's warblings.)

Yma's singing is certainly first rate and spans quite a range - almost 3 and 1/2 octaves.  At the bottom is a dusky contralto D while the top boasts some typically fine high staccati work in addition to a successfully sustained high F.  Although the ending is predictable, the brilliant flashes of coloratura during the middle section have the sheen of classical opera.  It is a lilting aria-like number and certainly more interesting than other songs chosen for inclusion in the original release of Legend of the Sun Virgin.  Why "Inca Waltz" was never released remains a mystery since it is an excellent example of Sumacian exotica.  Actually, it is too bad that this song did not replace "No Es Vida", which was always out of place on the album.

Ccori Canastitay  is included on the following releases
catalog no: T-299
Reissue of second album, first 12 inch LP pressing 1955 United States
catalog no: SM-299
Probably a '60s or '70s reissue of Yma Sumac's second album recorded in 1952.  Because of the extra space this format had, additional tracks from the same recording session were added.  The original 78 rpm set had only eight tracks. 1965 United States
catalog no: ENC 10489
Reissue of Yma Sumac's second album, released originally as a 78 rpm set recorded in 1952, this is a later 12" LP pressing.  Due to the extended play time on this format, additional tracks from the same session were used to fill it. 1965 Australia
catalog no: T-299
Reissue of second album, later 12 inch LP pressing 1972 United States
catalog no: UV099
This Italian release was made on "audiophile" 180 gram vinyl. 2004 Italy
Vinyl releases seem to be the trend now as this recent double LP indicates. This time it is a reissue from a compilation CD rather than being a reissue of an original vinyl disk. 2005 United Kingdom
catalog no: CDP-7-91 250-2
Reissue of second album, first Compact Disc reissue.  These early CD releases had much sharper, clearer cover art than the later Right Stuff reissues. 1989 United States
catalog no: 0777-7-91 250-2-9
Reissue of second album, second CD reissue 1996 United States
catalog no: INTROCD2086
Another compilation of early '50s material by Yma Sumac. 2006 United Kingdom
This CD compilation is one of the few known pressings from Greece in any format. 1997 Greece
catalog no: CREVO 34 CD
Reissue of compilation with previously-unreleased material. This reissue contains a slightly different track selection than the original 2001 United Kingdom
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
Yet another compilation CD with the title of Queen of Exotica making three with that title. This one, which is a 2-CD set, combines four of Yma Sumac's '50s albums. 2005 United Kingdom
catalog no: 4 M-299
Yma Sumac's second album is sung in quasi-classical style.  This is the first cassette reissue.  The original 78 rpm set had eight tracks while 12" LP and later reissues generally had twelve as does this cassette.  The additional tracks were from the same session. 1987 United States
catalog no: 8 M 299
Reissue of second album 1972 United States
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