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The final album from the Queen of Salsa, recorded only a few months before her death in July of 2003, continues the momentum of her Grammy-winning La Negra Tiene Tumbao, once again pairing her with visionary Latin producer Sergio George. That means urban Latin grooves, heavy on the hip-hop and Afro-Cuban beats. She may have been recovering from a life-threatening operation during this recording, but you'd be hard pressed to hear it in her typically exciting performances.
All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
The final recording of the mighty Queen of Salsa's career, Regalo del Alma was certainly in keeping with the exuberant, joyful tone that her ...
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The final album from the Queen of Salsa, recorded only a few months before her death in July of 2003, continues the momentum of her Grammy-winning La Negra Tiene Tumbao, once again pairing her with visionary Latin producer Sergio George. That means urban Latin grooves, heavy on the hip-hop and Afro-Cuban beats. She may have been recovering from a life-threatening operation during this recording, but you'd be hard pressed to hear it in her typically exciting performances.
All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
The final recording of the mighty Queen of Salsa's career, Regalo del Alma was certainly in keeping with the exuberant, joyful tone that her enormous fan base has come to expect from her. With stylistic influences and production value a bit more modern than one might expect from a legend whose recording career has spanned 45 years, this album will hook yet another generation on Celia Cruz's regal, earthy presence. Cruz is joined by a cast of consummate professionals including producer Sergio George, percussionists Marc Quiñones and Luis Quintero, and many of the usual suspects that one might expect to find on a record of this caliber. These contemporary masters bring a freshness to the project that is invigorating. There are several loop-driven tracks like "Ella Tiene Fuego" and "La Nina de la Trenza Negra" that propel Cruz and her loyal fan base into the 21st century. There are times when this production masks the subtle richness of Celia's vocal performance. For this reason, there could be some Cruz purists who are turned off by the new approach. The final track on the album is a creative rendition of the disco classic "I Will Survive." Like a declaration from beyond, chilling lyrics and a gorgeous arrangement hit their mark with force. "In the soul of my people, in the skin of the drums, in the hands of the conga player, in the feet of the dancer, I will live on."
New York Times - Jon Pareles
Ingenious, salsa-rooted production stays current with a dancehall rap here, an electric guitar there, bolstering a singer who's still gutsy.

Ingenious, salsa-rooted production stays current with a dancehall rap here, an electric guitar there, bolstering a singer who's still gutsy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2003
  • Label: Sony U.S. Latin
  • UPC: 037627062029
  • Catalog Number: 70620
  • Sales rank: 71,995

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Celia Cruz Primary Artist, Vocals
Cherito Coros
Julio Barreto Coros
Bob Brockman Mezcla
Bruno Group Member
Jon Fausty Mezcla
Oscar Gomez Coros, Mezcla
Marc Quiñones Percussion
Bernd Schoenhart Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Sergio George Piano, Keyboards, Bajo Sexto
Juan Cerro spanish guitar
Bandolero Raperos
Luis Quintero Percussion
Ivan "Melón" González Piano
Yrvis Mendez Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Bajo Sexto, Coros
Juan Munguía Trumpet
Rubén Rodríguez Bajo Sexto
Jose "Majito" Aguilera Percussion, Bongos, Timbales, Bata, Cajon, Tumbadora, Coros
Rudy Sanchez Peinado
Alain Pérez Keyboards, Tres, Bajo Sexto, Coros
Carlos Laurenz Mezcla
Jorge Gomez Mezcla
William Duvall Coros
Axé Bahia Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
El General Composer
Manny Benito Composer
Cherito Composer
Marisela Verena Composer
Jon Fausty Engineer
Dino Fekaris Composer
Mike Fuller Mastering
Oscar Gomez Producer, Adaptation
Freddie Perren Composer
Sergio George Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum programming
Mario Houben Graphic Design
Angel Carrasco Executive Producer
Jorge Luis Piloto Composer
Yrvis Mendez Arranger, Programming
Alain Pérez Arranger, Composer
Carlos Laurenz Engineer
Fernando Osorio Composer
Rafael Rey Composer
Jake R. Tanner Engineer
Luca Germini Composer, Engineer
Gradelio Perez Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    El regalo de Celia Cruz.

    Doña Celia Cruz se fue de este mundo, sin saberlo ni quererlo, dejándonos en el tema promocional "Rie y Llora" lo que fue su filosofía de vida. La intervención especial de "El General", la presencia de músicos y coristas talentosos hacen que este CD final de su carrera sea considerado una joya memorable, para que lo disfruten y recuerden sus fans de siempre, de ahora y de mañana. Una despedida sin lágrimas y sin tristeza de la reina de la salsa, el merengue y del Pop Latino llena a granel de su inconfundible Azúcar Negra. Ha muerto la Reina, ¡que viva la Reina!.

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