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yma/amy/immas exotica/polynesiany 50s type things are pretty well documented, but, i heard her 1972 album, miracles, recently, les baxter produced psychedelia! sort of?

what do you think of Miracles? i think, it kind of works!

notlrahc odil (gareth), Sunday, 13 March 2005 10:00 (fifteen years ago) link

my favorite by 5000% is Mambo -- does anyone not love this record? it's one of those records that just makes everything immediately better the second it's on.


but Miracles is very different and kinda cool... neat to hear her singing over heavy psych & blues guitars. the music's a very square & tame version of psyche pop, and the melodies aren't that distinctive, but yma always sounds fantastic, and it's nice to hear her singing into insane amounts of reverb & delay

milton parker (Jon L), Sunday, 13 March 2005 10:29 (fifteen years ago) link

:) It seems I almost always agree with everything milton parker posts here. I should just give up and stop posting.

Salvador Saca (Mr. Xolotl), Sunday, 13 March 2005 10:31 (fifteen years ago) link

i have Voice of Xtabay but that's it. luv it though. That Mambo looks unbelievable. to the want list it goes..

Stormy Davis (diamond), Sunday, 13 March 2005 10:37 (fifteen years ago) link

It's her party record. She sounds particularly out of her mind on it...

actually checking out Miracles again a bit, 'tree of life' & 'flame tree' are very cool... it's only the opening track that's really heavy, the rest of it is much more casual & groovy... yeah this record works. she always sounds great.

she toured about six or seven years ago, and I didn't go -- what a fool

milton parker (Jon L), Sunday, 13 March 2005 10:44 (fifteen years ago) link

i got "miracles" on a cd with 101 strings "astro sounds from beyond the year 2000." best $20 i ever spent. the great thing about the yma tracks is that i find myself walking around singing the ridiculous "whoa whoa whoa whoa, wah wah whoa whoa" bits out loud.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Sunday, 13 March 2005 13:40 (fifteen years ago) link

flame tree is pretty cool, yea. i like looking around best i think

charltonlido (gareth), Sunday, 13 March 2005 13:43 (fifteen years ago) link

Oddly my library has tons of Yma Sumac, and I've never borrowed any. I guess I should. I did hear some a long while back and didn't like it much, but it was a long while back.

RS £aRue (rockist_scientist), Sunday, 13 March 2005 13:55 (fifteen years ago) link

her real name is Amy Camus! j/k

eman (eman), Sunday, 13 March 2005 17:47 (fifteen years ago) link

wot milton said

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Sunday, 13 March 2005 21:19 (fifteen years ago) link

i almost caught her live awhile back too but i would've been a long drive. "voice of the xtabay" is the one i really like, but "mambo" has some good stuff too.

eman (eman), Monday, 14 March 2005 04:41 (fifteen years ago) link

Wow am I ever glad this lady has come up. Now that's a record in my collection (Voice of the Xtabay) I never expected to even THINK about again. Yes I would love to hear Miracles!!

Bimble... (Bimble...), Monday, 14 March 2005 04:56 (fifteen years ago) link

two months pass...
I got Voice of the Xtabay; voice good. AMAZING in some parts. Orchestration is 50's.


Cool Hand Luuke (ex machina), Friday, 27 May 2005 12:43 (fifteen years ago) link

I was listening to some Yma Sumac song a few months ago and my mother heard the entirety of it while she was sorting out her closet and she said, "The music's great but her voice is terrible." WHAT?

Ian Riese-Moraine's Plateau Rouge! (Eastern Mantra), Friday, 27 May 2005 13:59 (fifteen years ago) link

Salvatore Principato of Liquid Liquid said she was his biggest vocal influence. That's pretty awesome.

Ian Riese-Moraine's Plateau Rouge! (Eastern Mantra), Friday, 27 May 2005 14:00 (fifteen years ago) link

two months pass...

I'm Hi, Jared Fogle (ex machina), Saturday, 20 August 2005 18:19 (fifteen years ago) link


calling ian rm!

calling ian rm!

go see yma sumac!!!

I'm Hi, Jared Fogle (ex machina), Saturday, 20 August 2005 18:19 (fifteen years ago) link

Oy, I wouldn't have been able to afford to see her anyhow. Sorry about that, Jonathan.

Ian Riese-Moraine: a casualty of society's derangement. (Eastern Mantra), Wednesday, 31 August 2005 15:53 (fifteen years ago) link

she still performs! good grief. i would love to see her. did anyone go?

stirmonster (stirmonster), Wednesday, 31 August 2005 16:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Posh, its not that much money!

the food has a top snake of 1 (ex machina), Wednesday, 31 August 2005 16:50 (fifteen years ago) link

she doesnt like miracles much, i read

charltonlido (gareth), Wednesday, 31 August 2005 16:58 (fifteen years ago) link

three years pass...


Ned Raggett, Sunday, 2 November 2008 21:31 (eleven years ago) link

RIP! i think i'll listen to "miracles" later.

ROBIN TROUSERS (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 3 November 2008 01:58 (eleven years ago) link

fuck :(

Kramkoob (Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃), Monday, 3 November 2008 06:30 (eleven years ago) link

Aw shit man - I actually thought she'd died some years ago. :(

I'm playing Legend of the Jivaro.

RIP, octave-queen.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Monday, 3 November 2008 07:10 (eleven years ago) link

I though she had left us some time ago, but its still sad she's away - playing "Taita Inty"...

Sandy Blair, Monday, 3 November 2008 07:56 (eleven years ago) link

goddess! bye bye yma.

stirmonster, Monday, 3 November 2008 09:29 (eleven years ago) link

I also assumed she was no longer with us. but, indeed, sad news. a total legend.

m the g, Monday, 3 November 2008 11:48 (eleven years ago) link


Soukesian, Monday, 3 November 2008 12:57 (eleven years ago) link

aw man, RIP Yma.

ian, Monday, 3 November 2008 16:48 (eleven years ago) link

sigh... RIP

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Monday, 3 November 2008 20:54 (eleven years ago) link

Steve Shasta OTM

sleeve, Monday, 3 November 2008 21:43 (eleven years ago) link

three weeks pass...
eight years pass...

She's so classic. Mambo is the best

Unchanging Window (Ross), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 05:25 (three years ago) link

Monos is the track I have always loved. Think it's on Voice Of The Xtabay.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 06:11 (three years ago) link

Goddess. Nice recent story about the many myths of Yma Sumac: On the trail of Yma Sumac: The exotica legend came from Peru, but her career was all Hollywood

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 09:32 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

There's a new 3cd out through Cherry Red that includes at least 6 of her lps in entirety and I think plus some other stuff. I have been wondering how good it sounds. Cos I was going to grab it if I saw it in London then didn't see it.

Do have a 2cd set that does include Monos thankfully. That was the track I always fancied working up a version of or based on if I got a band together. Then never got a band together.

Need to find out if Amy camus is as much of a myth as what it thought it was dispelling.

& it was the copy of the 78s album of Voice of the Xtababay that taught me not to use vinyl cleaner on shellac cos it's not surface dirt that comes off but the actual surface.

Stevolende, Sunday, 12 January 2020 09:06 (eight months ago) link

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