by Celia Cruz



Having recorded for nearly five decades, salsa queen Celia Cruz has grown to be virtually synonymous with Latin music. After starring in Cuba's Sonora Matancera in the 1950s, she left her native island and came to New York in the early '60s, and the rest is history. Celia's Duets cleverly anthologizes 12 extraordinary collaborations between Cruz and an eclectic array of Latin American singers, allowing for a rare focus on the magic that can happen when the queen shares the spotlight. The obligatory hookups with Tito Puente, Oscar D'Leon, and Willie Chirino are strong, but the real excitement lies in her duets with musicians outside her normal milieu. The folkloric, Colombian vallenato duet with Matilde Diaz on "Las Piladaras" and the high-gear merengue with Johnny Ventura are gems, as are the ska excursion with Argentina's Fabulosos Cadillacs and a Brazilian pop dalliance with Caetano Veloso. But for sheer drama, it's hard to beat her nostalgic duet with the earthy, piercing baritone of Cheo Feliciano on "Encantado de la Vida." And there are few moments quite as affecting as her celebratory dialogue with her successor La India on "La Voz de la Experiencia" -- you can almost feel Cruz passing on the torch. Great Celia recordings are as abundant as spring wildflowers, but nowhere are her more unusual collaborations better represented than on Celia's Duets.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/1997
Label: Rmm Records
UPC: 0602828220129
catalogNumber: 82201

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Celia Cruz   Primary Artist,Vocals
Willie Colón   Trombone,Track Performer
Tito Puente   Track Performer
Caetano Veloso   Track Performer
India   Track Performer
Angela Carrasco   Track Performer
Oscar D'León   Track Performer
Dyango   Track Performer
Cheo Feliciano   Track Performer
Johnny Ventura   Track Performer
Willy Chirino   Track Performer
Fabulosos Cadillacs   Track Performer
Matilde Diaz   Track Performer

Technical Credits

India   Composer
Isidro Infante   Composer
Flavio Oscar Cianciarulo   Composer
Pepe Avila   Composer
Celedonia Garcia   Composer
Luis Mario Peral   Composer
Antonio Carles Marques Pinto   Composer
Jose Carlos Figueiredo   Composer

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