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Puerto Rico has made significant contributions to Latin dance music, notably including the plena and bomba genres. However, on the evidence of this collection, the island commonwealth's capacity for broader musical influence in the region has been hamstrung by its tendency toward big, silky choral and orchestral arrangements. This collection showcases both the strengths and the weaknesses of Puerto Rican music: on the plus side are a brilliant 1949 recording of Tito Puente & His Orchestra and the equally thrilling, clearly Cuban-influenced "Soy Boricua" by Giro. On the more schmaltzy and unappealing end of the spectrum are the cloying "Piel Canela" by Ecco, the ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Puerto Rico has made significant contributions to Latin dance music, notably including the plena and bomba genres. However, on the evidence of this collection, the island commonwealth's capacity for broader musical influence in the region has been hamstrung by its tendency toward big, silky choral and orchestral arrangements. This collection showcases both the strengths and the weaknesses of Puerto Rican music: on the plus side are a brilliant 1949 recording of Tito Puente & His Orchestra and the equally thrilling, clearly Cuban-influenced "Soy Boricua" by Giro. On the more schmaltzy and unappealing end of the spectrum are the cloying "Piel Canela" by Ecco, the string-sodden and maudlin "En Mi Viejo San Juan" by Pedro Rivera Toledo, and the almost laughably bombastic "Madrigal" by Lucecita Benitez -- even making allowances for different cultural expectations and tastes, it's hard to imagine anyone not being annoyed by Benitez's pseudo-operatic excesses. On the other hand, Carmita Jimenez takes a similar arrangements and a broadly similar approach, only with a bit more vocal restraint, on "Qué Sabes Tú," and the result is much more impressive. Most of the recordings collected here are from the early '90s, though not all of them sound like it -- Bobby Capo's singing style is strangely and fascinatingly archaic on the interesting "Mi Mejor Cancion" recorded in 1981. This collection offers some great moments, but they're unfortunately hidden among some fairly schlocky fare.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • Label: Norte
  • UPC: 886973530122
  • Catalog Number: 35301

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ran Kan Kan - Tito Puente & His Orchestra (3:01)
  2. 2 Los Cacos del Amor - Tito Rodriguez & His Orchestra (2:53)
  3. 3 Soy Boricua/Alma Boricua - Giro (4:55)
  4. 4 En Mi Viejo San Juan - Pedro Rivera Toledo (3:43)
  5. 5 Romance del Campesino/Mi Jaragual - Chucho Avellanet (3:46)
  6. 6 Sin Fe - Lourdes Robles (4:08)
  7. 7 Dos Gardenias - Danny Rivera (3:25)
  8. 8 Piel Canela - Ecco (3:10)
  9. 9 Virgen de Medianoche - Danny Rivera (2:40)
  10. 10 Madrigal - Lucecita Benitez (3:38)
  11. 11 Anacaona - Yolandita (4:23)
  12. 12 Qué Sabes Tú - Lourdes Robles (3:58)
  13. 13 Mi Mejor Cancion - Jerry Rivera (2:50)
  14. 14 El Que Se Fue - Pupy Santiago (4:54)
  15. 15 Homenaje a Héctor Lavoe - El Gran Combo (5:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vitín Avíles Vocals
Technical Credits
Tito Puente Composer
Tito Rodriguez Composer
Bobby Capó Composer
José Antonio Mendez Composer
Noel Estrada Composer
Robert Cole Composer
Felipe Rosario Goyco Composer
Pedro Galindo Composer
Fernando Rosario Composer
Myrta Silva Composer
Roberto Angleró Composer
Isolina Carrillo Composer
Roberto Maria Clemente Author
Ed Sherman Art Direction
Guillermo J. Page Executive Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Surprisingly good authentic music of an older vintage. Several excellent cha-cha songs. Many friends were pleasantly surprised when overhearing my play that such music was on this disc. True in style to the dance. Pleasant for listening too.

    Same as above.

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