The late Cuban Beny MorÉ, who died in 1963 when he was only 44, has long ignited imaginations, as much for his compositions and abilities as a sonero as for his colorful life.

The late Cuban Beny Moré, who died in 1963 when he was only 44, has long ignited imaginations, as much for his compositions and abilities as a sonero as for his colorful life. Releasing yet another Moré compilation, then, would seem almost moot. In order to be relevant, The King of Son compiles some of Moré's greatest hits and presents them in a contemporary fashion. Producer Jason Klein remixes the original Moré vocals with new arrangements that encompass dance and hip-hop rhythms, as well as new raps ("Bonito y Sabroso 2003" and "Santa Isabel de Las Lajas 2003," for example). As fresh as the results are, they could have turned tiresome, were it not for a break in pace with five previously unreleased tracks salvaged from archives. The ensuing original versions of the remixed tracks allow the disc to come full-circle, with the last impression being that of a loving, thought-out homage, as opposed to a quickie compilation.—LC