Sound Loaded

Sound Loaded

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by Ricky Martin

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The man who detonated the Latin Explosion of '99 returns with the scorching Sound Loaded, a 14-track continuation of his 35-million-selling English-language debut. With the same production team in place, including "Livin' la Vida Loca" authors Robi Draco Rosa and Desmond Child and producer Emilio Estefan Jr., the strapping Ricky…  See more details below


The man who detonated the Latin Explosion of '99 returns with the scorching Sound Loaded, a 14-track continuation of his 35-million-selling English-language debut. With the same production team in place, including "Livin' la Vida Loca" authors Robi Draco Rosa and Desmond Child and producer Emilio Estefan Jr., the strapping Ricky once again gets hearts (and hormones) pumping the world around with his signature blend of Anglo and Latin pop flava. With hits from Santana, Jennifer Lopez, and Marc Anthony establishing the commercial viability of syncopated Spanglish sounds, Ricky need only replicate the intensity of his debut. And replicate he does. Sharp flamenco guitar quickly yields to the pounding, hyper-hetero surf-ska uproar of "She Bangs" (offered in both English and Spanish). To those still livin' la vida loca, it's a familiar and infectious sound, with a girl that "wear[s] me out like a pair of shoes" and "looks like a flower/but...stings like a bee." The title track follows suit with wild brass bedlam and hard-rocking vocal harmonies as Ricky "slip[s] into the funk like a sweet cologne." "Jezabel" likens itself to the slow burn of Marc Anthony's "I Need to Know" with its hard, rumbafied drum rumble and spiky violins, while "The Touch" is an epic ballad of the first order. Backed by sultry, swelling strings and horns on the torrid tropical sway of "Saint Tropez," he's every Latin lover fantasy realized in full. There's no sophomore slump in evidence here. Ricky Martin has once again brought all his love and fire, and it's Sound Loaded.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
Ricky Martin's second English-language album Sound Loaded did not fare nearly as well as its earth-shattering predecessor, even though the quality of the material is probably one notch higher. Several reasons could be given for this, but the most obvious is lousy marketing. First, the album's lead-off single, the electrifying (and terribly titled) "She Bangs" (arguably one of the best songs of 2000), which failed to make the U.S. Top Ten, wasn't even released as a commercial single. Second, the album's follow-up, "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely," was remixed and refashioned into a duet with red-hot Anglo-Latina vixen Christina Aguilera -- the album version is solo Ricky, and features largely acoustic accompaniment, as opposed to the remix's more bombastic instrumentation. Unbelievably, the version with Christina Aguilera wasn't released as a commercial single. Instead, the album was re-released with a single of the song clumsily attached to it (with a rubber band, no less). In other words, most of Ricky's fans, who had already bought the album, would have had to purchase it all over again in order to have the hit version of the song. And thirdly, the set's final single, "Loaded" (which was actually released commercially, indicating a base level of intelligence on the label's part), bore more than a striking resemblance to his breakthrough hit "Livin' la Vida Loca," but, by the time of its release, the magic had petered off. Those factors aside, the album is a lushly produced set, with more Latin-flavored dance cuts, such as the fun, Santana-ish "Amor," the smoldering, string-enhanced "Jezabel," the endearing "If You Ever Saw Her," and the sizzling Spanish-language track "Cambia La Piel." The ballads, however, tend to weigh the album down, such as the unmemorable "Come to Me" and "The Touch." And, finally, Latin loverman clichés abound, which bring down otherwise fine tracks such as "Saint Tropez" and the gypsy-tinged, slightly bizarre "One Night Man." Infinitely better marketing and less reliance on clichés will hopefully translate into better sales for Ricky Martin's future English-language albums, but, for the time being, Sound Loaded, an otherwise fine album (and exquisitely produced), will go down in history as something of an undeserved flop.
Rolling Stone - Arion Berger
The relentlessly likable and danceable Sound Loaded plunges listeners once again into Ricky's hothouse world, with its lush evocations of exotic climes, Spanglish salsa-club blowouts, and voodoo hussies.

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Sbme Special Mkts.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricky Martin   Primary Artist,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Cachao   Bass,Soloist
Robbie Nevil   Background Vocals
Ronnie Cuber   Baritone Saxophone
Arturo Sandoval   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Nestor Torres   Flute
Rene Toledo   Acoustic Guitar,Soloist
Desmond Child   Piano
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Gary Burr   Guitar
Murray Adler   Violin
Pete Amato   Keyboards
Rusty Anderson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Eric Bazilian   Guitar
Herb Besson   Bass Trombone
Curt Bisquera   Drums
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Danny Cahn   Trumpet
Ed Calle   Horn,Saxophone
Randy Cantor   Keyboards
Tony Concepcion   Trumpet,Horn
Luis Conte   Percussion
Larry Corbett   Cello
Sal Cuevas   Bass,Electric Bass
Joel Derouin   Concert Master
Glenn Drewes   Trumpet
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Earl Gardner   Trumpet
Hector Garrido   Piano
Endre Granat   Violin,Concert Master
Maurice Grants   Cello
Mike Harvey   Background Vocals
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Peter Kent   Violin
Abraham Laboriel   Drums
Michael Landau   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Gustavo Laureano   Background Vocals
Will Lee   Background Vocals
Brian Leonard   Violin
Lee Levin   Drums
Linda Lipsett   Viola
Manny López   Guitar
Miguel Martinez   Cello
Hugh McDonald   Bass
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Mike Migliore   Alto Saxophone
Tim Mitchell   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jorge Moraga   Viola
Carole Mukogawa   Viola
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone
Ricardo "Tiki" Pasillas   Percussion
Archie Pena   Percussion
John Pena   Bass
Mark Pender   Trumpet
Lenny Pickett   Tenor Saxophone
Tim Pierce   Electric Guitar
Vladimir Polimatidi   Violin
Karie Prescott   Viola
Cheito Quinonez   Background Vocals
Brian Rawling   Drums
Richie Rosenberg   Trombone
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Rafael Solano   Percussion
Ramon Stagnaro   Acoustic Guitar,Cavaquinho,Tres,cuatro,Guitar (Nylon String)
Mark Taylor   Keyboards
Dana Teboe   Trombone,Horn
Camilo Valencia   Horn
Chris Willis   Background Vocals
Evan Wilson   Viola
Ken Yerke   Violin
Nancy Roth   Viola
Olbin Burgos   Drums
Susan Chatman   Violin
Ernie Erhardt   Cello
Robert Peterson   Violin
Edmund Stein   Violin
Daniel Lopez   Percussion,Background Vocals
KC Porter   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Renita Koven   Viola
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Walter Afanasieff   Keyboards
Robi Rosa   Background Vocals
Tommy Anthony   Background Vocals
Randall Barlow   Trumpet,Keyboards
Jim Hacker   Trumpet
Paquito Hechevarria   Piano
George Noriega   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jerry Vivino   Tenor Saxophone
Larry Loftin   Background Vocals
José Sibaja   Trumpet
Rudy Stein   Cello
Maurice Lauchner   Background Vocals
Darrin McCann   Viola
Steve Morales   Keyboards
Adam Phillips   Guitar
Michael Contratto   Background Vocals
Gary Kuo   Violin
Rachel Purkin   Violin
Eve Butler   Violin
Michelle Diaz   Piano
Gerry Hilera   Violin
Herman "Teddy" Mulet   Trombone,Trumpet,cuatro
David Siegel   Keyboards
John Hayhurst   Viola
Pedro Alfonso   Violin
Bob Becker   Viola
Paul Barry   Background Vocals
Ramses Colón   Bass
Dan Smith   Cello
Charlie Bisherat   Violin
Gyan Evans   Background Vocals
Ron Grant   Background Vocals
Calanit Ledani   Chant
Illyak Negroni   Background Vocals
Steve Richards   Cello,Viola
Michele Richards   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Michael Matthews   Cello
Brian O'Connor   French Horn

Technical Credits

Desmond Child   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Jon Secada   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Ricky Martin   Executive Producer
Glenn Monroig   Composer
Gary Burr   Composer
Pete Amato   Arranger,Composer,drum programming
Randy Barlow   Composer
Scott Canto   Engineer
Randy Cantor   Programming,rhythm arrangement
Chris Carroll   Engineer
Mike Couzzi   Engineer
Charles Dye   Engineer
Rob Eaton   Engineer
Emilio Estefan   Arranger,Producer
Hector Garrido   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,String Conductor
David Gleeson   Engineer
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Manny López   Composer
Peter McCabe   Engineer
Jeff Poe   Engineer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
David Resnik   Composer
Victoria Shaw   Composer
Mark Taylor   Composer,Programming,Producer
Camilo Valencia   Horn Arrangements
Diane Warren   Composer
James Goodwin   Composer
Marcelo Añez   Engineer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer
Sebastián Krys   Engineer
Luis Quine   Engineer
Daniel Lopez   Composer,Producer
KC Porter   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Julia Sierra   Composer
Suzie Katayama   String Contractor
Roberto Blades   Composer
Kevin Dillon   Studio Coordinator
Freddy Piñero   Engineer
Walter Afanasieff   Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Ron Taylor   Engineer
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Chino   Contributor
Robi Rosa   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Randall Barlow   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Horn Arrangements
George Noriega   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Matt Gruber   Engineer
Gustavo Celis   Engineer
Scott Healy   Horn Arrangements
Steve Menezes   Studio Coordinator
Dino Hermann   Engineer
Jose Luis Vega   Image Design
Steve Morales   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Alberto Gaitán   Composer
Angelo Medina   Executive Producer
Alan Sanderson   Engineer
Marco Gamboa   Engineer
Jules Gondar   Engineer
Shane Stoner   Engineer
Greg Bieck   Engineer,Digital Programming
Ian Cuttler   Art Direction
Herman "Teddy" Mulet   Horn Arrangements
David Siegel   Composer
Stephen Saper   Authoring
Sheldon Steiger   Engineer
Craig Lozowick   Engineer
Nathan Malki   Engineer
Germán Ortiz   Engineer
Jennifer Hilliard   Engineer
Sandy Yuzon   Graphic Design
Paul Barry   Composer
Bob Conley   Programming
Oswald Wiz Bone   Engineer
Alexander Trainer   Graphic Design
Liza Quintana   Composer
Eric Schilling   Engineer

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Sound Loaded 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, here he goes again! Another hit CD for Ricky. This is a really great CD, Loaded is bound to hit #1. I love the way Ricky mixes the horns with a rock beat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the new album is hot (well so's the artist) let me tell ya his new album is a bit racey but it's hot hot hot. ricky's really outdone himself this time
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ricky has done it again!!! The latin heart throb is even more versatel in the collection ''Sound Loaded''. Here he gives us two version to two of his songs. In any language sounds great loaded or otherwise. ''She Bangs'' is hot in both. The Latin community will never be the same. He has given Latin artists everywhere a new standard. The umppa music is gone forever with this!! The ballad ''Come to Me'' is also excellent in both Spanish and English. ''If you ever saw her'' Just to taste her is never enough! a diva theme song. All in all it is a refreshing collection. It is gear twoard young lonely women, like Linda Rondstat was geared twoards lonely guys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The newest album from Ricky Martin is fantastic. It contains songs that make you want to get up and shake your bon-bon. And then there are songs that are sweet and mellow, which do a great job showing off his talented voice. I thought he couldn't put out an album as good as the first, but he proved me wrong!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love SOUND LOADED. Ricky Martin has released something in himself, and it is wonderful. He realizes that he doesn't have to apologize to his Spanish-speaking fans for singing in English and that he doesn't have to apologize to his English-speaking fans because he loves Latin rhythms. The musical arrangements are much more sophisticated than on the first English-language album, and I love how he has included sounds from around the world: the Spanish guitar, the middle Eastern vocal, the Caribbean drum beat. I can't wait for the tour!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ricky had me shakin' my bon bon and singing 2 or 3 songs after one play. Enjoy him, you'll regret not having his music in your car or at a party.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Forget all those really soapy ballads he does so poorly. Get this for the hot tunes Ricky really bangs away at: Loaded, Jezebel, If You Ever Saw Her, and [I can't sit still to this song!!!] Are You in It for Love!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a hot cd if you have it listen to track 11.It is full of sounds, beats. It will make you wana dance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, RICKY has done it, he was able to make his new CD a success, as of now he has sold more than 5 million copies of his new release & there is a good reazon for this, his CD is fun, full of wonderful music, danceable tunes and romantic ballads. He has fused sounds from all over the world into his music whitch makes this CD his best to date, therefore making him more endearing to me and to all his fans trough out the entire world. My personal favorites are: AMOR, Come to me, If you ever saw her and One night man. (PURE ADRENALINE!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this new, refreashing CD is wonderful! The 1st time I heard it I knew that I had to have it. It really did make me wanna get up and dance! I think this CD is one of many that touched me. I especially enjoy the song, ''She Bangs.'' It has a great new beat that will last for centuries to come!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD because I heard Ricky Martin & Christina Aguilera¿s duet ¿Nobody wants to be Lonely¿. Not much of a fan of Ricky, but I bought the CD anyway solely for that one song figuring I could live with the rest and maybe even find another jewel. To my chagrin the version of the song on the CD isn¿t the same one getting all the airplay. Terrible marketing strategy! I¿ll never chance buying another Ricky Martin CD again. A waist of 16 bucks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
SOUND LOADED is Ricky Martin's best album to date. ''She Bangs'' & ''Nobody Wants To Be Lonely'' are already classic tracks. What brings in the great International flavor are the 3 Best Songs ''Saint Tropez'', ''One Night Man'', & ''Are You In It For Love''. ''Saint Tropez'' is such a hot song. ''One Night Man'' gives you the Dance feeling of the Spanish-Israeli group ALABINA. Lyrics to ''Are You In It For Love'' are good and the ''Besame Mucho'' resemblence works. Other tracks like ''Cambia La Piel'', ''Amor'', ''The Touch'' are nice tracks too. SOUND LOADED is a must...not only for Ricky Martin fans....but fans of hot latin and european music!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm so in love with this cd! I think that is one of the best albums realised on 2000. From 2000 to 2002 I listened this album every single day. And I love it!!! It simply GREAT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would have rated it a five-star rating, but what I thought was a duet with Christina Aguilera turned out an accoustic version. That was the only down side to this CD. Other then that, I thought that this was an awsome album. If you want the duet with Christina, get the Best Of CD. It is kinda spendy, but it's worth it, trust me. My favorite songs on this album would have to be She Bangs, Nobody Wants to be Lonely (it's actually a very good version), Amor and Jezabel.