Clasicos de la Provincia

Clasicos de la Provincia

by Carlos Vives

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Clasicos de la Provincia

Pretty-boy soap opera star Carlos Vives wrought something of a revolution in consciousness, not only in Colombia but throughout Latin America, with this intelligent, joyful, and indelible collection of revamped vallenato music. Caught up in the kind of technicolor TV culture that Miami, USA, excels in exporting south -- based on a hierarchy of blue-eyed blonde looks and lowest-common-denominator blandness -- Colombia's music scene had relegated "country" music like vallenato to the poor barrios where a mostly black audience held them dear. That changed when Vives and his cheekbones arrived to reclaim this music as everyone's heritage. His noble sentiments are aided by a crack band (La Provincia) that recasts these chestnuts as rocking new classics. "La Gota Fría" especially carves a space in the often wimpy world of Latin American pop for rootsy, accordion-and-guitar-driven might. The ballad "Altos de Rosario" manages a gospel-vallenato hybrid. Vives gets bonus points for clearly identifying the vallenato heroes who inspired this wonderful work, from Alejo Durán to Freddy Molina to the legendary innovator Francisco el Hombre -- whose demonic accordion technique, as Colombian folklore has it, actually beat the Devil back into Hell.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2000
UPC: 0724352739820
catalogNumber: 27398

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carlos Vives   Primary Artist,Vocals
Michael Egizi   Piano
Amparo Sandino   Vocals,Coros
Luis Pacheco   Conga,Tambourine,Tamboura,Guache
Bernardo Ossa   Percussion,Keyboards
Heberth Cuadrado   Violin,Vocals
John Jairo Lemus   Conga
Ernesto "Teto" Ocampo   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Alfredo Rosado   Tambourine,Tamboura
Egidio Cuadrado   Accordion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Antonio Arnedo   Soprano Saxophone,Gaita
Alexa Hernandez   Vocals,Coros
Anibal Rivera   Electric Guitar
Luis Pastor   Bass
Eder Polo   Guacharaca

Technical Credits

Carlos Vives   Arranger,Director,Direction
Jorge Diaz   Engineer
Luis Pacheco   Contributor
Bernardo Ossa   Arranger
Eduardo de Narvaez   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Fidel Jaramillo   Executive Producer
Rafael Mejía   Art Direction
Manuel Riveira   Contributor,Representation
Ernesto "Teto" Ocampo   Arranger
Robin Jenny   Engineer
Luis Enrique Martinez   Composer
Phil Austin   Engineer
Chema Gomez   Composer
Isaac Carillo   Composer
Freddy Molina   Composer
Sergio Moya Molina   Composer

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