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Elements of Life

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Louie Vega, the DJ masterworker and Masters at Work supremo, didn't record a solo full-length until nearly 20 years after his debut as a producer. Granted, Nuyorican Soul was close to a solo album, and he also produced all of When the Night Is Over, his 1991 collaboration with Marc Anthony. Accordingly, Vega packed 2004's Elements of Life with varying sounds, including collaborations with friends Blaze, Ursula Rucker, a tribute to his uncle salsero legend Hector Lavoe, and a host of fusion experiments -- Spanish Harlem by way of Puerto Rico by way of Africa -- involving musicians he's met during his long studio career. As on Nuyorican Soul, Vega begins by illustrating what a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Louie Vega, the DJ masterworker and Masters at Work supremo, didn't record a solo full-length until nearly 20 years after his debut as a producer. Granted, Nuyorican Soul was close to a solo album, and he also produced all of When the Night Is Over, his 1991 collaboration with Marc Anthony. Accordingly, Vega packed 2004's Elements of Life with varying sounds, including collaborations with friends Blaze, Ursula Rucker, a tribute to his uncle salsero legend Hector Lavoe, and a host of fusion experiments -- Spanish Harlem by way of Puerto Rico by way of Africa -- involving musicians he's met during his long studio career. As on Nuyorican Soul, Vega begins by illustrating what a talented modern producer can do to brighten an underappreciated standard without wrecking the effect of the original; instead of Rotary Connection's "I Am the Black Gold of the Sun" Vega reworks the Chakachas' "Jungle Fever," the original ranking as a full-blush sexual escapade on the same order as Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" or Musique's "Push, Push In the Bush." His two tracks with Blaze might disappoint listeners expecting a miracle from this meeting of two garage legends; here, as on the majority of the record, the production has the same high sheen of Nuyorican Soul, but lacks the dynamic performances and concentrated compositions. Vocalists Raúl Midón and Anané contribute very little of interest, and Vega's touch is too smooth for the live band he invites into the studio.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2004
  • Label: VEGA RECORDS
  • UPC: 659240900122
  • Catalog Number: 1

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jungle Fever (4:54)
  2. 2 Brand New Day (7:03)
  3. 3 Cerca de Mi (8:06)
  4. 4 Africa/Brazil (3:04)
  5. 5 Nos Vida - Anané (6:18)
  6. 6 A Better Day (4:40)
  7. 7 Ma Mi Mama - Anané (5:39)
  8. 8 Tu y Yo (1:27)
  9. 9 Summer Night in Spanish Harlem (2:09)
  10. 10 Quimbombo (5:21)
  11. 11 Canto Para Chango (1:19)
  12. 12 Sunshine (3:06)
  13. 13 Elements of Life (8:13)
  14. 14 Mon Amor - Anané (4:16)
  15. 15 Mozalounge (7:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
"Little" Louie Vega Primary Artist, Ambience
Luis Bonilla Trombone
Sonia Crowd Noise
Lisa Fischer Background Vocals
Domingo Quiñones Vocals, Guest Appearance
Blaze Guest Appearance
Tony Cintron Drums, Background Vocals
Ray Martinez Ampeg Baby Bass
Josh Milan Background Vocals, Korg
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
Carl Fisher Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Raul Midón Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Background Vocals, Chant, scat, Guest Appearance
Albert Sterling Menendez Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, Korg, fender rhodes, Soloist, Synthesizer Strings, Piano (Grand)
Ursula Rucker Spoken Word, Guest Appearance
Ricardo Suarez Bass
Richard Bravo Percussion
Pedro Martinez Percussion, Conga, Vocals, Background Vocals, Chant, Bata, cowbell, Vocal Ad-Libs
Luisito Quintero Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Timbales, Background Vocals, Guica, Surdo, Chant, Yembele
Ralphie Muniz Ambience, Crowd Noise
Fátima Figueiredo Crowd Noise
Carlos "El Nene" Henrique Bass
Julie Machover Background Vocals
Olivier Manoury Bandoneon
Gene Perez Bass
Armando Figueredo Keyboards, fender rhodes
John Scarpulla Flute, Tenor Saxophone
José Luis Pardo Guitar, Keyboards, fender rhodes
The Bill Harris Quintet Flute, Tenor Saxophone
José Rafael Torres Bass
Anané Vocals, Chant, Spoken Word, Crowd Noise, Guest Appearance
Papo Alicea Conga
Dominic Canza Guitar, Chant, Vocal Ad-Libs
Debi Nova Background Vocals
House Of Rhumba Ambience, Guest Appearance
Nicky La Boy Yembele
Melanie Mednick Background Vocals
Barrio Bob Crowd Noise
Rebecca Boine Crowd Noise
Alex Charlaca Crowd Noise
Chuchi Girls Group
Myra Delgado Crowd Noise
Ciara Diaz Background Vocals, Group Member
Melanie Guzman Crowd Noise
Hector "Papote" Himinez Tumba
Christina Marie Lopes Background Vocals, Group Member
Jacklyn Machover Background Vocals
Trisha Mattingly Crowd Noise
Naya Muniz Background Vocals, Sounds, Group Member
Travis Muniz Sounds
Fred Rolle Quinto
Elba Suarez Background Vocals, Group Member
Grecia Suarez Background Vocals, Group Member
Nico Vega Voices, Sounds
Katie Weissman Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Colón Composer
Steven Barkan Engineer, Pro-Tools
Dwight Brewster Composer
Adam Cruz Executive Producer, Art Direction
Dave Darlington Engineer
Josh Milan Composer
"Little" Louie Vega Composer, Sound Effects, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Art Direction
Luis Vega Composer
Albert Sterling Menendez Composer, Programming, Producer
Ursula Rucker Composer
Dimitri from Paris translation
Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez drum programming
Pedro Martinez Composer
Ralphie Muniz Composer, Sound Effects, Producer, Engineer
MASA Cover Design
Armando Figueredo Composer
José Luis Pardo Composer
Kevin Hedge Composer
Frank Socorro Engineer
Anané Digital Photography
House Of Rhumba Sound Effects
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