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Review, Analysis and Recordings Containing
Wanka Monophonic
The Seven Winds  (Moisés Vivanco - 3:10)
Recorded in 1957

Review and Analysis of Wanka 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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"There are, according to Jivaro legend, seven winds that sometimes come together in a fury and vie like passionate lovers for the heart of a particular maiden.  Here Yma Sumac, as the girl, sings to the mysterious seven winds, returning their passion, eager to be swept away with them in joy and freedom."  (Liner notes 1956, pressing)

Despite the production gimmicks of this song, there is a simple gradeur to the melodic line that supercedes the extraneous efforts.  This is a vocalise of haunting impact and great beauty - with no vocal foreworks and the most minimal range Yma used on disc - one octave.

Yma's breathy, trembling tone and use of an "Ooooh" vowel is supported by orchestral scoring of mixed effectiveness.  This includes gently fluttered wood winds, soft brass, flutes scored in their lower register, plucked, zither-like instruments, and a wind machine to provide the special effects of the sound of wind swirling through rocky crevasses of mountains.

Although Yma imbues the simple and rather sweet melody with many textural touches, in this instance they do not detract from the inherent simplicity of the music.  It is ironic that this unprepossessing piece should be one of Yma's finest studio efforts.  This success stems from Yma's use of a smooth, flowing legato line and emphasis on gentle phrasing and tonal shadings.  The song's importance lies not in the picture it creates, but in Yma's sophisticated precision in molding her legato lines which recalls her best work on the earliest albums.  Although liner notes stress passion, the feel of the song is deeply nostalgic and sad.  Therein lies its appeal.

Wanka  is included on the following releases
catalog no: AMR536
Another collection featuring tracks from Yma Sumac's various Capitol Records releases of the '50s. This release is available only as a download. 2010 United Kingdom
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 1-770
Fifth album, EP reissue in three volumes 1957 United States
catalog no: EAP 1-770
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: 796 642-2
Contains second half of Mambo! and complete Legend of the Jivaro, volume two of two 1991 France
catalog no: CD 72 435-21 434-2-9
Compilation 2000 United States
catalog no: Promo
Compilation Promotional edition, Mfg. by Imperial Tape Company 2000 United States
catalog no: CREVO 34 CD
Compilation with previously-unreleased material.  This is the original 1995 issue but a more recent version exists with different tracks. 1995 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
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: B00006IWIC
Two CD set containing the entire Mambo! and Ultimate Yma Sumac Collection CDs, probably as individual CDs in a slipsleeve. 2002 France
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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