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Romantic Classics
     

Romantic Classics

by Julio Iglesias
 

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On his first English language album since 1994's Crazy, Latin crooner Julio Iglesias mines Romantic Classics of the '60s, '70s, and '80s, drawing on songs popularized by artists from Willie Nelson to the Bee Gees. Guest stars include trumpeter Chris Botti (on Herb Alpert's "This Guy's in Love With You") and sax man Dave Koz (on

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On his first English language album since 1994's Crazy, Latin crooner Julio Iglesias mines Romantic Classics of the '60s, '70s, and '80s, drawing on songs popularized by artists from Willie Nelson to the Bee Gees. Guest stars include trumpeter Chris Botti (on Herb Alpert's "This Guy's in Love With You") and sax man Dave Koz (on George Michael's "Careless Whisper").

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Ever the sentimentalist, balladeer Julio Iglesias continues his legacy of finding the sappiest songs from the '60s, '70s, and '80s on Romantic Classics. Unlike 2004's Love Songs, which was a compilation of some of Iglesias' best-known covers, Romantic Classics is 11 tracks that Iglesias chose and then recorded especially for this album, songs he felt would become future standards. So while there might not be a version of "My Funny Valentine" or "Fools Rush In," there is Richard Marx ("Right Here Waiting"), the Bee Gees ("How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?"), and plenty of Foreigner ("Waiting for a Girl Like You," "I Want to Know What Love Is"). Iglesias imparts his Spanish-accented English on each of the tracks, a technique that has the profound effect of making them seem even more dramatic and plaintive than they already did, but this is nothing new. He's been doing it since the first note he ever sang, and he'll being doing it for years to come. Yes, the production is overdone, and yes, his voice, the keyboards, and the drums are affected to the point of excess, but this is adult contemporary after all (in fact, this album may be the very definition of adult contemporary), and that's supposed to happen. If the singer doesn't sound emotional, like he's about to start bawling, like he's known the pain and joy of love better than anyone else and so cannot help but sing about it, then he fails, and the album fails. And since these are in fact the criteria and they are most assuredly met, Romantic Classics is quite successful.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2006
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0828767838021
catalogNumber:
1146215
Rank:
101269

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Julio Iglesias   Primary Artist
Dave Koz   Saxophone
Albert Hammond   Background Vocals
Rev. Dave Boruff   Saxophone
Chris Botti   Trumpet
Robbie Buchanan   Keyboards
Phillip Ingram   Background Vocals
Michael Landau   Guitar
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
Dean Parks   Guitar
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Beverley Staunton   Background Vocals
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Drums
Amy Keys   Background Vocals
Ken Stacey   Background Vocals
Windy Wagner   Background Vocals
Tim Devine   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Julio Iglesias   Liner Notes
Albert Hammond   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Robbie Buchanan   Producer
David Campbell   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
J.C. Ulloa   Vocal Engineer
David Massey   Executive Producer
Jim Morey   Management
Chandler Bridges   Engineer

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