Rumoured to be an Incan princess (or a Jewish housewife from Brooklyn) there is one thing about Yma Sumac of which there is no doubt: her voice – an astounding instrument, both emotive and playful that captured the imagination of millions during the height of her 1950s “Voice of the Xtabay” exotica-fame. After years of global adulation, tours behind the iron curtain and then a number of personal crises, Yma was ready to return to the spotlight in 1972.
Flanked by her original collaborator, the King of Exotica, Les Baxter, this was to be no tired rerun of former glories but instead a blistering psyche-rock-exploitation opus! Yma growls and swoops her way over solid grooves, swirling keys and fuzz guitars.
Withdrawn immediately after release in a blizzard of litigation and acrimony, this rare and lysergic masterpiece is now fully restored and remastered from the original master tapes for its first ever official reissue. Presented with two fantastic (and previously unheard) extra tracks.