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Clasicos de la Provincia
     

Clasicos de la Provincia

by Carlos Vives
 

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Pretty-boy soap opera star Carlos Vives wrought something of a revolution in consciousness, not only in Colombia but throughout Latin America, with this intelligent, joyful, and indelible collection of revamped vallenato music. Caught up in the kind of technicolor TV culture that Miami, USA, excels in exporting south -- based on a hierarchy of blue-eyed blonde

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Pretty-boy soap opera star Carlos Vives wrought something of a revolution in consciousness, not only in Colombia but throughout Latin America, with this intelligent, joyful, and indelible collection of revamped vallenato music. Caught up in the kind of technicolor TV culture that Miami, USA, excels in exporting south -- based on a hierarchy of blue-eyed blonde looks and lowest-common-denominator blandness -- Colombia's music scene had relegated "country" music like vallenato to the poor barrios where a mostly black audience held them dear. That changed when Vives and his cheekbones arrived to reclaim this music as everyone's heritage. His noble sentiments are aided by a crack band (La Provincia) that recasts these chestnuts as rocking new classics. "La Gota Fría" especially carves a space in the often wimpy world of Latin American pop for rootsy, accordion-and-guitar-driven might. The ballad "Altos de Rosario" manages a gospel-vallenato hybrid. Vives gets bonus points for clearly identifying the vallenato heroes who inspired this wonderful work, from Alejo Durán to Freddy Molina to the legendary innovator Francisco el Hombre -- whose demonic accordion technique, as Colombian folklore has it, actually beat the Devil back into Hell.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Janet Rosen
After making his mark as a romantic lead in one of Latin America's most popular soap operas, Carlos Vives burst onto the music scene with this infectiously upbeat CD of vallenato tunes from Colombia. The music as updated here is percussion-driven, with a rollicking accordion and great vocal harmonies, and Vives' expressive, full-throated vocals are a wonderful contrast to much of the treacly singing that emanates from Latin pop. The packaging is also superior, respectful of all concerned, with photos of the songwriters and transcriptions of the lyrics (in Spanish) that underscore the strong narrative structure of this music. Most are straightforward, albeit poetic, love songs -- notable exceptions are the opening "La Gota Fria" (a witty tune that was a major hit for Vives); the slower, darkly evocative "Altos de Rosario"; and the funny closing fragment of a song, "Contestacion a la Brasilera," wherein a friend is counseled to steer clear of the charms of foreign women. Reach for this disc when you need a mid-afternoon lift.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/1997
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731451888427
catalogNumber:
518884

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Performance Credits

Carlos Vives   Primary Artist,Vocals
Michael Egizi   Piano
Amparo Sandino   Vocals,Coros
Luis Pacheco   Conga,Tambourine,Tamboura,Guache
Bernardo Ossa   Percussion,Keyboards
Heberth Cuadrado   Violin,Vocals
John Jairo Lemus   Conga
Ernesto "Teto" Ocampo   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Alfredo Rosado   Tambourine,Tamboura
Egidio Cuadrado   Accordion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Antonio Arnedo   Soprano Saxophone,Gaita
Alexa Hernandez   Vocals,Coros
Anibal Rivera   Electric Guitar
Luis Pastor   Bass
Eder Polo   Guacharaca

Technical Credits

Carlos Vives   Arranger,Director,Direction
Jorge Diaz   Engineer
Luis Pacheco   Contributor
Bernardo Ossa   Arranger
Eduardo de Narvaez   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Fidel Jaramillo   Executive Producer
Rafael Mejía   Art Direction
Manuel Riveira   Contributor,Representation
Ernesto "Teto" Ocampo   Arranger
Robin Jenny   Engineer
Luis Enrique Martinez   Composer
Phil Austin   Engineer
Chema Gomez   Composer
Isaac Carillo   Composer
Freddy Molina   Composer
Sergio Moya Molina   Composer

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