The Living Legend

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
With his booming operatic voice, matinee idol looks he bears an uncanny resemblance, mustache and all, to Burt Reynolds, and over the top flamboyance no one looks better in a sombrero, or owns more of them, Vicente Fernández has been Mexico's leading ranchera singer for some four decades. He's also a major star within the Mexican-American community -- he's got a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame Fernández has appeared in dozens of films in Mexico and routinely sells out large arenas throughout the U.S., where adoring fans particularly females have been known to faint at the mere sight of him, holster on his hip, fronting a super-sized strings-and-horns orchestra and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
With his booming operatic voice, matinee idol looks he bears an uncanny resemblance, mustache and all, to Burt Reynolds, and over the top flamboyance no one looks better in a sombrero, or owns more of them, Vicente Fernández has been Mexico's leading ranchera singer for some four decades. He's also a major star within the Mexican-American community -- he's got a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame Fernández has appeared in dozens of films in Mexico and routinely sells out large arenas throughout the U.S., where adoring fans particularly females have been known to faint at the mere sight of him, holster on his hip, fronting a super-sized strings-and-horns orchestra and belting out his hits. Unfortunately, despite a discography numbering upwards of 100 albums, Fernández, when he's considered at all by the mainstream American press, has been derided as a camp act and has received little recognition outside of media serving his core audience. Astoundingly, this is the first comprehensive box set devoted to the singer's work, really the first serious survey of his recordings, and if there is any justice, it will spur a reconsideration north of the border of this icon's contributions. Its 36 tracks were hand-picked by Fernández, whose intention was to showcase the diversity of songs, and emotions, in his considerable repertoire. Its three discs are divvied thematically -- México Lindo y Querido Pretty and Wanted Mexico, A Tu Salud To Your Health, and Mujeres Divinas Divine Women -- to emphasize Fernández's ongoing connection to the people of Mexico and their everyday thoughts, feelings, and concerns. With his larger-than-life baritone, he wrings the last drop of melodrama out of every song, covering the waterfront from love to loss, tragedy to triumph. A single-disc version of The Living Legend is also available, but the more in-depth boxed collection which includes excellent biographical liner notes by Ramiro Burr and dozens of wild photos is worth the commitment if one really wants to understand why Vicente Fernández is so revered, such a phenomenon, that at home he's called "the Mexican Sinatra."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2006
  • Label: Sony U.S. Latin
  • UPC: 828768424520
  • Catalog Number: 684245
  • Sales rank: 122,090

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 México Lindo y Querido - Pedro Fernández (3:32)
  2. 2 El Jalisciense (2:34)
  3. 3 El Tahúr (3:06)
  4. 4 Se Vende un Caballo (3:05)
  5. 5 Si Te Vas No Hay Lío (2:10)
  6. 6 Mares de Tristeza (2:20)
  7. 7 La Primera Caricia (2:43)
  8. 8 Palabra de Rey (2:26)
  9. 9 El Corrido de Juan Armenta (3:12)
  10. 10 La Muerte de un Gallero (3:47)
  11. 11 Como México No Hay Dos (3:16)
  12. 12 Guadalajara (4:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Tu Camino y el Mío (2:56)
  2. 2 La Misma (3:08)
  3. 3 Ingrato Amor (2:47)
  4. 4 Las Botas de Charro (3:01)
  5. 5 Hasta La Tumba (2:33)
  6. 6 Voy a Navegar (2:59)
  7. 7 El Derrotado (3:31)
  8. 8 Con una Copa de Vino (2:21)
  9. 9 Camino Inseguro (2:50)
  10. 10 Amor Como Mi Amor (2:36)
  11. 11 Aprendiste a Volar (2:42)
  12. 12 Ni en Defensa Propia (2:24)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Hilos de Plata (3:02)
  2. 2 Yo Quiero Ser (2:55)
  3. 3 Amar y Vivir (2:27)
  4. 4 Cállate (2:39)
  5. 5 Collar de Perlas (2:27)
  6. 6 ¿Y Cómo Es Él? (3:17)
  7. 7 Amor en Sombras (2:46)
  8. 8 Que Te Vaya Bonito (3:01)
  9. 9 La Diferencia (2:49)
  10. 10 Campanas del Olvido (2:37)
  11. 11 Y Tú Me Vas a Recordar (2:59)
  12. 12 Me Quedan Todas (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vicente Fernández Primary Artist
Felipe Arriaga Vocals
Manuel Valle Trumpet
Felipe Martinez Background Vocals
Guadalupe Alfaro Vihuela
Bernardino De Santiago Bass
Rubén Esparza Guitar
Gustavo Guillén Trumpet
Technical Credits
Vicente Fernández Photo Courtesy
José Alfredo Jiménez Composer
Amalia Mendoza Composer
Juan Gabriel Composer
Jerry Gray Composer
Angel Carrasco Executive Producer
Gilberto Parra Composer
Pedro Ramírez Arranger, Director, Mastering
Josafat Neri Engineer
Roberto Lopez Executive Producer
Heriberto Aceves Composer
Fernando Z. Maldonado Arranger
Samuel Lopez Packaging Manager
Federico Mendez Composer
Chucho Monge Composer
Manuel Eduardo Castro Composer
Pepe Guízar Composer
Tomas Mendez Composer
Adolfo Salas Composer
Consuelo Velázquez Composer
Humberto Galindo Composer
Kevin Lawrie Executive Producer
Ramiro Burr Adaptation
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