The Latin Rascals ‎– Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (1988)

Tony Moran began his career back in 1981, when he and friend, Albert Cabrera, teamed up. Together they were “The Latin Rascals”, whose re-edited versions of hit songs spliced together enjoyed major air-play on New York dance radio WKTU’s popular mix show. The radio exposure led to a deal from Shakedown Studios who hired the duo to restructure popular hit radio songs into viable dance club hits. Shortly thereafter, they were contracted by another studio, Fever Records, to write and produce a song for one of their new acts, The Cover Girls. The result was Show Me, a song that not only became The Latin Rascal’s first Top 40 gold record, but also helped to usher in the freestyle era of music. This opened the doors for new artists including TKA, Sa-Fire (“Boy, I’ve Been Told”), and Lisette Melendez (“Together Forever”), all of whom benefited from the skillful hands of Moran and Cabrera.

In 1988, The Latin Rascals released the first single from their sophomore album “When She Goes”. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” was written by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell, and Sol Marcus for the jazz singer/pianist Nina Simone, who first recorded it in 1964. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” has been covered by many artists, including a 1965 blues rock hit by The Animals. A 1977 disco-flamenco/Latin rearrangement by Santa Esmeralda was also a hit.

The Latin Rascals version featured backing vocals by Audrey Wheeler and Cindy Mizelle and was mixed by The Latin Rascals and Steve Peck. The All-Star Edits version was mixed by Carlos Berrios, Chep Nunez and Roger Pauletta.

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (12″ Remix)                    6:27

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Dub)                             6:49

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (All-Star Edits)               3:20

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Hip-Hop Vocal)              7:07

Life’s Too Short (Club Mix)                                             7:43