Siempre Vivire

Siempre Vivire

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by Celia Cruz
     
 

As the rock world has shown us, there are some rolling stones that do indeed gather moss -- but the robust Siempre Viviré (I Will Live Forever) shows that Cuban diva Celia Cruz isn't one of them. In fact, the 76-year-old dynamo drives the point home with the title track, a lush salsa rendition of Gloria Gaynor's eternalSee more details below

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As the rock world has shown us, there are some rolling stones that do indeed gather moss -- but the robust Siempre Viviré (I Will Live Forever) shows that Cuban diva Celia Cruz isn't one of them. In fact, the 76-year-old dynamo drives the point home with the title track, a lush salsa rendition of Gloria Gaynor's eternal anthem of fortitude, "I Will Survive." And while she may be the queen of salsa, this punchy set is decidedly diverse, offering a Celia for every season. The bubbly son "Contrapunto Musical" celebrates the richness of Caribbean music to the sound of a brawny brass section and the Cuban trés guitar. The slickly arranged "Celia's Oye Como Va" pays tribute to her longtime friend and collaborator, bandleader/composer Tito Puente, whose death in May of 2000 left Celia to carry the torch for Latin music's glory days on her own. At the same time, she acknowledges the vibrant currency of Santana's hit version of the tune with the inclusion of some sinewy blues guitar licks. The infectious, locomotive-like "La Pachanga" is simply a conga line waiting to happen, while Celia gives a nod to Puerto Rican folk music with the festive plena "La Sopa." A jaunty, mariachi-laced duet with Mexican crooner Vicente Fernandez on the bolero "Tu Voz" ("Your Voice") acknowledges her south of the border constituency as well. Her characteristic aura of grandmotherly wisdom dances with an unshakably youthful love of life throughout -- que viva Celia!

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
The question that must be confronted for those familiar with the breadth of her work is, "Is it even possible for Celia Cruz to record a bad album?" With elements such as producer Emilio Estefan, Jr., executive producer Angel Carrasco, and of course, la guarachera del mundo herself converging to create 2000's Siempre Vivire, the answer to that question seems clear. Celia's first album for Sony certainly captured those elements that uniquely belong to Cruz, and discriminatingly avoided any influences of the day that might adulterate those qualities or date the project. In conceiving this record, the creative team walked a very fine line by deciding on a project that could both stand among its contemporary peers and yet sound classic. It is hard in modern salsa to find the tres, a sultry bolero, or to hear plena played well. In a genre that continues to narrow its stylistic scope, it's refreshing to come across a record that can simultaneously be a citizen of the present, and reach to the past. Cruz herself delivers that gutsy, dark molasses tone that is as sweet as the "Azucarrr!" she made famous. Like Celia, Siempre Vivire is of such a high quality that is both a bold challenge for tomorrow and a graceful bow to yesterday.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
Label:
Sony U.S. Latin
UPC:
0037628413226
catalogNumber:
84132
Rank:
57003

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Performance Credits

Celia Cruz   Primary Artist,Vocals
Rene Toledo   Guitar
Edwin Bonilla   Percussion
Ed Calle   Saxophone
Tony Concepcion   Trumpet
Sal Cuevas   Bass
Oscar Gomez   Background Vocals
Manny López   Guitar
Jose Moranto   Background Vocals
Archie Pena   Background Vocals
Luis Dulzaides   Percussion
John Kricker   Trombone
Juan Cerro   Guitar
Rosa Giron   Background Vocals
Lorenzo Gonzalez   Strings
Richard Bravo   Bongos,Conga,Maracas,Timbales,cowbell,Guiro
Julio Vera   Percussion
Yrvis Mendez   Bass
Manuel Valle Villalpando   Trumpet
Henry Diaz   Percussion
Juan Carlos Allende   Acoustic Guitar
Alain Pérez   Bass,Background Vocals
Lena Pérez   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Scott Canto   Engineer
Charles Dye   Engineer
Emilio Estefan   Producer
Dino Fekaris   Composer
Freddie Perren   Composer
Kevin Dillon   Studio Coordinator
Freddy Piñero   Engineer
Richard Serotta   Engineer
Mario Houben   Graphic Design
Angel Carrasco   Executive Producer
Carlos Nieto   Engineer
Randall Barlow   Arranger
Jorge Garcia   Engineer
Alfredo Oliva   Orchestra Leader
Pedro Ramírez   Producer
Josafat Neri   Engineer
Gustavo Celis   Engineer
Yrvis Mendez   Arranger
Steve Menezes   Studio Coordinator
Carlos Quintero   Arranger
Olga Santos   Engineer

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