Vida

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After an encounter with mortality, one tends to take stock of life with a sense of gratitude and renewed purpose. Robi Draco Rosa goes one better on Vida, his first recording after winning a battle with cancer. A quick look at the track listing, and one might think of this as a greatest-hits comp. And it is; but with so many twists and turns, and everything ambitiously re-arranged and re-recorded, that it becomes a dazzling new entry in the artist's already significant catalog. Rosa assembled a tremendous cast of guests from many parts of the Latin music world to re-record his hits. They include the current crop of Latin superstars, from Shakira and Juanes to urban artists ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After an encounter with mortality, one tends to take stock of life with a sense of gratitude and renewed purpose. Robi Draco Rosa goes one better on Vida, his first recording after winning a battle with cancer. A quick look at the track listing, and one might think of this as a greatest-hits comp. And it is; but with so many twists and turns, and everything ambitiously re-arranged and re-recorded, that it becomes a dazzling new entry in the artist's already significant catalog. Rosa assembled a tremendous cast of guests from many parts of the Latin music world to re-record his hits. They include the current crop of Latin superstars, from Shakira and Juanes to urban artists such as Tego Calderón and Calle 13, bachata all-stars such as Romeo Santos, and even Latin rock & rollers Maná. To shrink the generational as well as genre boundaries, he also recruited legends such as Juan Luis Guerra, Rubén Blades, and José Feliciano. His contemporaries are also here: Ednita Nazario, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, and even more. The overall tone of the set is simultaneously celebratory and reflective. The arrangements are full of elegant touches and surprises; they showcase the heart of these songs while opening them wider. Check the muted trumpet break in the soulful, easy-grooving "Penélope," with Maná, or the tropical breakdown in the last half of "Paraíso Prometido (Hay Que Llegar)," with Anthony. "El Tiempo Va," with Blades, is thoroughly re-imagined; it contains elements of old-school son and cancion -- with thoroughly modern production -- and features a sonorous cello, shimmering Rhodes piano, poignant 12-string, and deeply sensual singing. "Blanca Mujer," with Shakira, melds classic Latin pop, modern Latin soul, and folk forms including the ranchera, but once more, they are woven together in an entirely seductive and graceful manner. "Brujeíra," with Calderón, weaves grimy funk, hard rock, and trip-hop textures and there's a killer flamenco intro in the otherwise steamy, nocturnal, "Cómo Me Acuerdo," with Alejandro Sanz. Vida was one of the most anticipated Latin albums of 2013; it more than lives up to the anticipation. Classified as a Latin pop album, it will no doubt be acclaimed as such. But that's far from the whole story: Vida transcends genre limitations. It will appeal to virtually anyone who appreciates great songwriting, arranging, production, and, most of all, inspired performances. Rosa may have assembled this fine cast in order to celebrate life, but in doing so he has delivered what will undoubtedly be one of the best popular recordings of 2013. Period.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2013
  • Label: Sony U.S. Latin
  • UPC: 887254663621
  • Catalog Number: 546636
  • Sales rank: 47,818

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Esto es Vida (4:33)
  2. 2 Penélope (3:57)
  3. 3 Como Me Acuerdo (3:05)
  4. 4 El Tiempo Va (3:45)
  5. 5 Obra de Arte (3:43)
  6. 6 Blanca Mujer (4:02)
  7. 7 Mas y Mas (3:22)
  8. 8 Noche Fría - MiMa (4:32)
  9. 9 Vagabundo (3:26)
  10. 10 Roto Por ti (3:35)
  11. 11 Paraíso Prometido (Hay Que Llegar) (4:43)
  12. 12 Reza Por Mi - Romeo Santos (4:39)
  13. 13 Cruzando Puertas (3:34)
  14. 14 Amantes Hasta El Fin (3:57)
  15. 15 Brujería - Tego Calderón (2:52)
  16. 16 Madre Tierra - Calle 13 (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Draco Rosa Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Arreglos
José Feliciano Guitar, Vocals
Rubén Blades Vocals
Ricky Martin Vocals
Ednita Nazario Vocals
Alejandro Sanz Vocals
Marc Anthony Vocals
Alex Al Bass
Rusty Anderson Guitar
Chris Bruce Guitar
Luis Conte Percussion
Juan Luis Guerra Vocals
David Palmer Keyboards
Anastasios Panos Percussion, Bateria
David Piltch Bass
Ramon Stagnaro Guitar
Patrick Warren Keyboards
Jebin Bruni Keyboards
Shakira Vocals
Jack Payne Vientos
Benny Faccone Mezcla
Andrés Calamaro Vocals
Enrique Bunbury Vocals
Jorgen Carlsson Bass
Alex González Bateria
Sergio Vallin Guitar
Juanes Vocals
Ulises Lozano Accordion
Tego Calderón Vocals
Christian Nieves cuatro
René Pérez Vocals
Ali Helnwein Cuerda
Armen Ksajikian Cello
Hernan Mulet Vientos
Statik Keyboards
Juan Covarrubias Keyboards
Seth Atkins Horan Keyboards
Jose Cheito Quinones Coro, Coros
The String Box Ensemble Cuerda
Romeo Santos Vocals
Mima Vocals
Elverio Lucca Vientos
Constance B. Adnes Bateria
Mr. Blake Bass, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Nelson "Gasu" Jaime Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
David Palmer Programming
Itaal Shur Composer
Patrick Warren Programming
Jebin Bruni Programming
Walter Afanasieff Composer
Benny Faccone Engineer
George Noriega Composer, Producer, Direction, Vocal Producer
Angel "Cucco" Peña Direction, Vocal Producer
Héctor Ivan Rosa Engineer
Allan Leschhorn Engineer
Luis Gómez Escolar Composer
Fernando Quintana Engineer
Angelo Medina Executive Producer, Management, Booking
Fabian Serrano Engineer
Tommy Torres Engineer, Direction, Vocal Producer
Draco Rosa Composer, Programming, Producer
Héctor Espinosa Engineer
Ali Helnwein String Arrangements
Carlos Velázquez Engineer
Dave Clauss Engineer
Sadaharu Yagi Engineer
Statik Programming
Juan Covarrubias Programming
Seth Atkins Horan Programming, Engineer
Diego Ríos Art Direction
Enrique Larreal Engineer
Jose Manuel Navarro Composer
Diego Kuuk Engineer
Mr. Blake Programming
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