El Cantante

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Marc Anthony plays the role of Héctor Lavoe in El Cantante, the film he had been wanting and waiting to make for many years. Lavoe is a hero to salsa fans, famed for the artistry of his vocals and the intensity of his rhythm; his records with Willie Colón during the early '70s were high points for salsa, and they paved the way for many vocalists to come including one Marc Anthony. Anthony's physical resemblance to Lavoe is only passing, but no other musician alive could have done as much with this soundtrack tribute to Lavoe. Enlisting a variety of famed salsa musicians including Yomo Toro, Marc Quiñones, Bobby Allende, Milton Cardona, José Mangual, and Tito Allen, Anthony ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Marc Anthony plays the role of Héctor Lavoe in El Cantante, the film he had been wanting and waiting to make for many years. Lavoe is a hero to salsa fans, famed for the artistry of his vocals and the intensity of his rhythm; his records with Willie Colón during the early '70s were high points for salsa, and they paved the way for many vocalists to come including one Marc Anthony. Anthony's physical resemblance to Lavoe is only passing, but no other musician alive could have done as much with this soundtrack tribute to Lavoe. Enlisting a variety of famed salsa musicians including Yomo Toro, Marc Quiñones, Bobby Allende, Milton Cardona, José Mangual, and Tito Allen, Anthony and producer Sergio George reprise nine of Héctor Lavoe's best moments on wax, including "Aguanile," "Che Che Colé," "Mi Gente," and the title track. The arrangements are very faithful to the '70s and '80s originals, except for occasional strings that work very well in context. Anthony and his group are dynamite, creating the type of excitement that's capable of bursting more than a few stereotypes and making newcomers to salsa realize that it's an incredibly important, incredibly artistic music. The tenth track finds Jennifer Lopez, Anthony's wife in the film and in real life, performing a pop ballad titled "Toma de Mí," which functions pretty well as a love theme to El Cantante. For a direct look at what Lavoe meant to music, check out the two-disc compilation La Voz, but fans of the picture will want to own these songs as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2007
  • Label: Sony U.S. Latin
  • UPC: 886971182422
  • Catalog Number: 711824
  • Sales rank: 4,432

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cantante (6:47)
  2. 2 Mi Gente (3:52)
  3. 3 Escándalo (3:59)
  4. 4 Aguanile (5:15)
  5. 5 Che Che Colé (3:27)
  6. 6 Día de Mi Suerte (5:20)
  7. 7 Qué Lío (4:24)
  8. 8 Quítate Tú (4:24)
  9. 9 Todo Tiene Su Final (4:56)
  10. 10 Toma de Mí - Jennifer Lopez (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marc Anthony Primary Artist
Yomo Toro cuatro
Milton Cardona Vocals, Coro
Tito Allen Vocals, Coro
Bobby Allende Conga
Renaldo Jorge Trombone
Myung Hi Kim Violin
Jose Mangual Vocals, Coro
Ozzie Melendez Trombone
Suzanne Ornstein Violin
Ricardo "Tiki" Pasillas Percussion
Marc Quiñones Timbales
Laura Seaton Violin
Gene Moye Cello
Sergio George Piano
Ray Colon Bongos, Bells
Raul Agraz Trumpet
Luis Quintero Percussion, Timbales
William Castro Arpa
William Duval Vocals
Sarah Seiver Cello
José Tabares Bass
Peter Winograd Violin
Ramon B. Sanchez Conductor
Robert Rinehart Viola
Daniel Panner Viola
Elizabeth Dyson Cello
Jenny Strenger Violin
Wilson Cifuentes Flute, Gaita
Katherine Fong Violin
Duoming Ba Violin
Minyoung Chang Violin
Sarah OBoyle Violin
Wen Qian Violin
Sein Ryu Violin
Mario Guini Electric Guitar
Julio Reyes Copello Piano
Daniel Caro Bandola
Oriol Caro tiple
Angélica Gámez Violin
Laura Ospina Cello
Urian Sarmiento Percussion
Technical Credits
Rubén Blades Composer
Willie Colón Composer
Joe Cuba Composer
Johnny Pacheco Composer
Bobby Valentín Composer
Marc Anthony Producer, Executive Producer
Héctor Lavoe Composer
Rubén Fuentes Composer
Sergio George Producer, Audio Production
Héctor Ivan Rosa Engineer
Jim Caruana Engineer
Luisito Quintero Percussion Overdubs
David Kutch Mastering
Nelly Furtado Composer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Peter Wade Keusch Engineer
Bigram Zayas Producer, Audio Production
Alysia Oakley Assistant Music Supervisor
Matt Havron Assistant Music Supervisor
Julio Reyes Copello Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Maria P. Marulanda Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Music

    The perfectly talented voice of Marc Anthony gives recognition to the pioneer of Salsa Music, Hector Lavoe. This album contains a smart choice of songs that directly coorelates with Hector Lavoe's tragic life which displayed his great joys and deep sorrows through his lyrics. This masterpiece gives a new generation of Spanish people an better understanding and appreciation for Hector Lavoe, who will always live on through his music. Bravo!

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