Si El Norte Fuera El Sur

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Riding high on the success of his last two albums, which spun off numerous hit singles and garnered critical acclaim from all corners, Ricardo Arjona changed direction on his third album, Si el Norte Fuera el Sur, crafting a relatively low-key effort characterized by intimate songs about matters of life, in particular love, culture, and politics. Most of the songs were written over the course of 1995 while Arjona was touring Latin America in support of his second album, Historias 1994. On the back cover of the album, there are notes telling where and when each song was written. With the exception of a couple songs that date back to the late '80s and a few that date ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Riding high on the success of his last two albums, which spun off numerous hit singles and garnered critical acclaim from all corners, Ricardo Arjona changed direction on his third album, Si el Norte Fuera el Sur, crafting a relatively low-key effort characterized by intimate songs about matters of life, in particular love, culture, and politics. Most of the songs were written over the course of 1995 while Arjona was touring Latin America in support of his second album, Historias 1994. On the back cover of the album, there are notes telling where and when each song was written. With the exception of a couple songs that date back to the late '80s and a few that date back to the early '90s, all were written in 1995, and the first of these to be written was the title track, which was penned in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in April. One of the few rock songs on the album, "Si el Norte Fuera el Sur" takes five minutes to consider the differences between the United States and Latin America and imagines what were to happen if the north were the south. It's a fantastic song -- one of Arjona's career highlights, for sure -- and it sets the tone for the rest of the album lyrically, if not musically. Though Si el Norte Fuera el Sur doesn't boast as many hits as Historias, it's a more cohesive album overall. Most of the songs are performed acoustically with Caribbean touches, and besides a couple rockers the title track and "Cita en el Bar", the songs are all fairly even in tone and tempo. The highlights are front loaded, beginning with "Noticiero," a stripped-down song that was written at four in the morning in Los Angeles a couple days before the end of the album's production; the lyrics are evocative, presenting a snapshot of current events in the world at the time. Then comes "Tu Reputación," "Ella y Él," "Se Nos Muere el Amor," and the title track, all of which were released as singles. The latter half of Si el Norte Fuera el Sur is less outstanding but impressive all the same. All in all, it's Arjona's third classic album in a row, each distinct from its predecessor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/1996
  • Label: Sony U.S. Latin
  • UPC: 037628201120
  • Catalog Number: 82011
  • Sales rank: 34,521

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Noticero (5:29)
  2. 2 Tu Reputacion (4:47)
  3. 3 Ella Y El (6:13)
  4. 4 Se Nos Muere el Amor (4:05)
  5. 5 Si el Norte Fuera el Sur (4:54)
  6. 6 Aun Te Amo (3:32)
  7. 7 Abarroteria de Amor (3:40)
  8. 8 Duerme (5:03)
  9. 9 Te Acuerdas de Mi (4:16)
  10. 10 Cita en el Bar (4:22)
  11. 11 Me Enseñaste (4:42)
  12. 12 Frente Al Televisor (4:30)
  13. 13 Tu (4:27)
  14. 14 Mexico (4:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ricardo Arjona Primary Artist
Billy Preston Organ
Elizabeth Wilson Violin
Robbie Buchanan Piano
Luis Conte Percussion
George Doering Acoustic Guitar
Pedro Eustache Flute
Dennis Farias Trumpet
Stefanie Fife Cello
Ramon Flores Trumpet
Ronald Folsom Violin
Dan Higgins Clarinet, Saxophone
Leyla Hoyle Background Vocals
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Michael Landau Electric Guitar
Brian Leonard Violin
Carlos Murguía Background Vocals
Kazi Pitelka Viola
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Otmaro Ruíz Piano
Bob Sanov Violin
Ramon Stagnaro Cubano
David Stout Trombone
Cecilia Tsan Cello
Francine Walsh Violin
Jennifer Woodward Violin
Yi Hu Violin
Shari Zippert Violin
Patricia Aiken Violin
Patricia Hodges Background Vocals
Daniel Smith Cello
Francis Benítez Background Vocals
Gustavo Background Vocals
Kenny OBrian Background Vocals
Laura Dvennen Viola
Roger Labow Cello
Andrew Picken Viola
Jesof Powel Background Vocals
Stephanie Spruitt Background Vocals
Miguel Angel "Matin" Villagran Acoustic Guitar
Phyllis Bailey Background Vocals
Dennis Motchan Violin
Michael Mathews Cello
Matthew Funes Viola
Technical Credits
Ricardo Arjona Arranger, Director, Producer, Contributor
Assa Drori Orchestration
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Don Hahn Orchestration
Ramon Stagnaro Contributor
Benny Faccone Engineer
Rocio Larrazolo Art Direction
Rodolfo Vazquez Engineer
Miguel Angel "Matin" Villagran Arranger
Victor Patron Contributor
Rodolpho Vazquez Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    great album

    I saw him in concert and he's great! He writes powerful lyrics; he has a great voice, and he's not bad to look at. He's a great "story teller" and his lyrics make us think. He has different rhythms and they put me in a good mood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favourite Arjona CD!

    Duerme is a beautiful lullaby from a man in love to the woman he loves. El y ella is a great love story. Aun te amo, a letter to his beloved... Tu reputacion debunks the myth of the virginal woman and womanizing man who can get away with anything.

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