Living Legend [Deluxe Edition]

Living Legend [Deluxe Edition]

by Vicente Fernández
     
 

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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 theSee more details below

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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 the 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 handpicked 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." [This is the "long box" edition of the album, complete with three CDs of material.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2006
Label:
Sony U.S. Latin
UPC:
0828768424421
catalogNumber:
684244
Rank:
148921

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. México Lindo y Querido  - Pedro Fernández
  2. El Jalisciense
  3. El Tahúr
  4. Se Vende un Caballo
  5. Si Te Vas No Hay Lío
  6. Mares de Tristeza
  7. La Primera Caricia
  8. Palabra de Rey
  9. El Corrido de Juan Armenta
  10. La Muerte de un Gallero
  11. Como México No Hay Dos
  12. Guadalajara

Disc 2

  1. Tu Camino y el Mío
  2. La Misma
  3. Ingrato Amor
  4. Las Botas de Charro
  5. Hasta La Tumba
  6. Voy a Navegar
  7. El Derrotado
  8. Con una Copa de Vino
  9. Camino Inseguro
  10. Amor Como Mi Amor
  11. Aprendiste a Volar
  12. Ni en Defensa Propia

Disc 3

  1. Hilos de Plata
  2. Yo Quiero Ser
  3. Amar y Vivir
  4. Cállate
  5. Collar de Perlas
  6. ¿Y Cómo Es Él?
  7. Amor en Sombras
  8. Que Te Vaya Bonito
  9. La Diferencia
  10. Campanas del Olvido
  11. Y Tú Me Vas a Recordar
  12. Me Quedan Todas

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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
José Luis Perales   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   Arranger,Composer
Fernando Z. Maldonado   Arranger
Samuel Lopez   Packaging Manager
Federico Mendez   Composer
Manuel Eduardo Castro   Composer
Pepe Guízar   Composer
Adolfo Salas   Composer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Maria Guadalupe Ramos   Composer
Ramón Ortega Contreras   Composer
Humberto Galindo   Composer
Jorge Villamil   Composer
Kevin Lawrie   Executive Producer
Ramiro Burr   Adaptation

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