Aquí Estamos y...¡de Verdad!

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All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
To call el Gran Combo de Puerto Rico a salsa classic would be the understatement of a lifetime. Words like "mythic" or "legendary" would better describe their weight and ubiquitous presence in the salsa world. Their 2004 release Aquí Estamos y...¡de Verdad! is in keeping with their tradition of excellence, and the Latin Grammy nomination it garnered is well deserved. Musical director Rafael Ithier favors the round, warm sound that made el Gran Combo the household name that it is. From the vocal approach to the horn and percussion section, the common goal seems to be salsa as smooth as possible. The youthful fire and passion emulated by younger artists is replaced by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
To call el Gran Combo de Puerto Rico a salsa classic would be the understatement of a lifetime. Words like "mythic" or "legendary" would better describe their weight and ubiquitous presence in the salsa world. Their 2004 release Aquí Estamos y...¡de Verdad! is in keeping with their tradition of excellence, and the Latin Grammy nomination it garnered is well deserved. Musical director Rafael Ithier favors the round, warm sound that made el Gran Combo the household name that it is. From the vocal approach to the horn and percussion section, the common goal seems to be salsa as smooth as possible. The youthful fire and passion emulated by younger artists is replaced by el Combo's mature elegance. From the photo on the cover to the wise musical sensibility of Aquí Estamos y...¡de Verdad!, some might consider the package outdated -- la salsa de mis abuelos. El Gran Combo might not win any new fans with this release, but on the other hand, they don't need to. They deliver the classic, flawless musical stylings that won the hearts of their people, and later the world. Sometimes it's refreshing when an artist does not try to reinvent himself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2004
  • Label: Sony U.S. Latin
  • UPC: 037629548125
  • Catalog Number: 95481
  • Sales rank: 86,533

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mi Gorda Bonita (5:20)
  2. 2 El Matrimonio (4:05)
  3. 3 Amor Perfecto (4:51)
  4. 4 Me Dejó en el Aire (5:05)
  5. 5 Pa' Arriba No Va (5:10)
  6. 6 Para Querer un Te Quiero (4:33)
  7. 7 Esa Eres Tú (4:40)
  8. 8 El Amor Que Te Di (3:08)
  9. 9 Por Siempre (5:04)
  10. 10 Siete Vidas (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico Primary Artist
El Gran Combo Indexed Contributor
Fred Rivera Bajo Sexto, Guest Appearance
Richie Bastar Bongos, Guest Appearance
Taty Maldonado Trumpet, Guest Appearance
Moises Nogueras Trombone, Guest Appearance
Papo Rosario Vocals
Papo Sanchez Mezcla
Freddy Miranda Alto Saxophone, Guest Appearance, Mezcla
Charlie Aponte Vocals
Jerry Rivas Vocals
Rafael Ithier Piano, Guest Appearance
David Marrero Band
Technical Credits
Tommy Villarini Arranger
Charlie Donato Composer
Papo Sanchez Engineer, Mastering
Jorge Luis Piloto Composer
Freddy Miranda Arranger, Producer
Rafael Ithier Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Marlow Rosado Composer
Eddy Marrero Mastering
Edgar Segarra Engineer
Banda Norteño Arranger
Betzaida Bosch Arranger
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