Because of his Puerto Rican heritage and the fact that he once wrote songs for Menudo, Marc Anthony has been compared to that omnipotent Latin crossover stud, Ricky Martin. But Anthony, an established salsa star, is a far-superior vocal talent, and a not-half-bad tunesmith to boot. On the self-titled album that many are labeling his crossover effort (even though he has previously sung in English and played the lead in Paul Simon's infamous Broadway musical, The Capeman), Anthony collaborates with such pop and R&B savants as Walter Afanasieff, Corey Rooney, and Rodney Jerkins. The result is a graceful, accessible collection that nods to Anthony's salsa background -- ardently on the exuberant "De La Vuelta," more delicately on the buoyant single "I Need to Know" -- but is most memorable for its ballads, which emphasize Anthony's sweetly throbbing tenor. Whether crooning to a lover in "How Could I" or cooing to his daughter in "My Baby You," Anthony fills a void in today's otherwise eclectic pop scene: He's a male artist who sings big, sentimental love songs, and sings them really, really well. How do you say "Look out, Celine" in Spanish?
Performance CreditsMarc Anthony Primary Artist,Vocals
Rene Toledo Acoustic Guitar
Michael Thompson Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bobby Allende Percussion
Jorge Calandrelli Conductor
Dana Calitri Background Vocals
Gordon Chambers Background Vocals
Angel Fernandez Horn
Skyler Jett Background Vocals
Rob Mathes Conductor
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar
Claytoven Richardson Background Vocals
Josue Rosado Background Vocals
Dan Shea Keyboards
Marc Shulman Electric Guitar
Steve Skinner Keyboards
Raffi Torres Trombone
Wichy Camacho Background Vocals
Jimmy Bosch Trombone
Luis Aquino Trumpet
Jorge Diaz Trombone
Russ Desalvo Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Walter Afanasieff Keyboards
Melonie Daniels Background Vocals
Fernando Muscolo Keyboards
Maximo Torres Guitar
Corey Rooney Keyboards
Charlie Sierra Percussion
Enrique Collazo Violin
Tito de Garcia Bongos,Timbales
Jose Gazmei Bass
Fermin Segarra Cello
Fernando Medina Violin
Erben Perez Bass
Arnaldo Figueroa Violin
Orlando Guillot Cello
Henry Hutchinson Violin
Conesha Monet Background Vocals
Patrick Carroll Percussion
Victor Vásquez Trombone
T-Bone Wolk Bass,Accordion
Robin Thicke Background Vocals
Francisco Morla Violin
Alberto Martínez Horn
Victor Mendez Sanchez Violin
Technical CreditsRubén Blades Composer
Marc Anthony Arranger,Composer,Producer
Thom Cadley Engineer
Bob Cadway Engineer
Jorge Calandrelli Orchestration
Emilio Estefan Composer,Producer
Geoff Gillette Engineer
Jay Healy Engineer
Jean-Marie Horvat Engineer
Rob Mathes Orchestration
Dan Shea Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Steve Skinner Arranger,drum programming
Brian Vibberts Engineer
Rick Wake Arranger,Producer
Dan Hetzel Engineer
Rodney Jerkins Producer,Instrumentation
Glen Marchese Engineer
Russ Desalvo Arranger
Walter Afanasieff Arranger,Programming,Producer
Gerardo Lopez Engineer
Angel "Cucco" Peña Arranger,Producer
Mauricio Guerrero Engineer
Corey Rooney Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Vocal Producer
Kike Santander Composer
Ron Jaramillo Art Direction
Joe Caldas Engineer
Jim Janik Engineer
Angie Chirino Composer
Thomas R. Yezzi Engineer
Harvey Mason Instrumentation
Patrick Carroll Programming,drum programming
Robb Williams Engineer
Robin Thicke Composer
Antonio Salcedo Corpas String Contractor
Warren Latimer Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I believe Marc Anthony is a wonderful singer. He real expresses himself in this album. This CD is really a latin honor and I was really happy to know that it was the song of the year. Since I am from New Jersey and now living in California he just makes me remember the unforgettable times over there. I truly love him and congratule him for the upcoming baby!
MARK ANTHONY IS SO GOOD LOOKING IN HIS OWN WAY, THE ONLY MALE SINGER THAT ROCKS MY WORLD EVERYTIME HE SINGS
This CD is definitely more than I expected. When I heard I Need To Know on the Radio I wasn't sure. But then I heard You Sang To Me and decided it was worth a try. And it definitely was. This CD is full of rich love songs and the ones sung in Spanish are precious. For those who want to know what to write in their next card to a lover, listen to this CD for some great ideas.
Not what you'd expect. Instead of being just another latin star attempting to (re)enter into the english-language venue, Anthony proves that he truly is a balladeer, in any language. ALL who listen to his latest CD will convert to his camp. The music is not only soothing, the delivery of the lyrics carry a sensitity rarely heard and one that you can't help but feel. The fact that this SHOULD wind up platinum won't be a surprise. Rather, the results of it's success. Great things await this talented and truly entertaining performer. ALL who have no prior knowledge of MA's prowess in spanish language music is, in fact, due for a truly entertaining 74 minutes. As a fan of Mr. Anthony, prior to this venture, I look forward to his next project.
this c.d. has a lot of heart and spanish soul in it. its a great c.d.
What amazing album Marc Anthony´s first english effort is. it´s just great he got amazing voice similar as josh grobans and julio iglesias. Marc is the greatest latin singer ever i think he is better than both Ricky Martin and Enrigue iglesias though are they good to. My fave songs on this album is all the songs they sounds all so wonderful and they are well written and Marc does great things on this first english album of his. Marc works with legendary producer Walter Afanasieff best known for his work with divas Celine dion and Mariah Carey and Soulsinger Michael Bolton and instrumental artist Kenny G.Marc also works with King of pop Ric Wake and RN'B producer Rodney Jerkins.If you like male singers as Michael Bolton,Ricky Martin ,Julio Iglesias and Enrique you will LOVE MARC ANTHONY he is the worlds greatest latin singer ever.
Marc Anthony is the best. I saw him in concert 2 years ago, and I have been hooked ever since. This truly is a wonderful and talented addition to his work. Though it is an exquisite CD, his spanish music will always rank #1.
Trying to compare Marc Anthony to Ricky Martin is ridiculous. Marc Anthony's talent is far superior and will stay in the minds of true music lovers. Great choice for romantics.
What a voice! That man can sing! All the songs on this CD mesmerizing. I love it!
Even an anglo loves his spanish songs. Great melody, words, and feeling. too bad his newest album,todo a su tiempo,doesn't live up to this one
I absolutely love this album! Every song just means so much, so much emotion. It can only be that he and I grew just 13 blocks, away from each other. And I didn't know until this album was released! If you haven't heard this album, you are missing out on some serious music, from a wonderful singer!
the intensity that this man sings with is wonderful. I love every single track on this cd. After I listenned to this cd , I went out and purchased 3 more ( one for home, office, traveling). This is one of only a handful of cds that's worth the price and more. You will not be sorry.
He's the greatest singer I've ever heard in my life.I like him a lot and I think he's cute.He's also a good actor.He looks like a great father.I wish he was my brother or father.
I FEEL THAT THIS ALBUM IS SO GOOD, THAT PEOPLE SHOULD NOT OWN ONE BUT TWO COPIES OF THIS ALBUM!
hi I thing that marc anthony songs are wrealy nice and grite. hes songs are love songs and that is what people nead and wont to hear!!
Solo tengo opcion de darle 5 Estrellas, pero este album se merece muchas mas! Su voz es DE-LI-CIO-SA, y de las letras ni hablar! Bravo, Marc!
***OUTSTANDING PERFORMER*** HIGHLY RECOMMEND..'TEN THUMBS UP'++++
Music quality is great!