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Vuelve
     

Vuelve

4.8 5
by Ricky Martin
 

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Ricky Martin's Spanish-language 1998 set Vuelve is the predecessor to the self-titled English-language album that would propel him to iconic status in the U.S. the following year. Vuelve, however, is much more of a Latin album than a pop album, and effectively balances red-hot Latin dance numbers with melodramatic ballads. The album's main highlight is

Overview

Ricky Martin's Spanish-language 1998 set Vuelve is the predecessor to the self-titled English-language album that would propel him to iconic status in the U.S. the following year. Vuelve, however, is much more of a Latin album than a pop album, and effectively balances red-hot Latin dance numbers with melodramatic ballads. The album's main highlight is the unforgettable, unstoppable "La Copa de la Vida," which is the song he chose for his now legendary show-stopping Grammy performance. The version on Vuelve is the original -- miles better than the English-language, remixed version which resurfaced on Ricky Martin. The version here includes all the bells, whistles, horns, trumpets, and percussion that anyone could want from such a carnival-esque song. Other highlights include the intoxicating album opener "Por Arriba, por Abajo," the hit "La Bomba," and other fast-paced gems, such as "Marcia Baila" and "Lola Lola." Some of the ballads lean toward the forgettable (especially during the album's second half), and his version of Michael Bolton's Hercules theme "Go the Distance" (here titled "No Importa la Distancia") is pure schmaltz. Other ballads, however, fare a little better, such as the melodramatic yet effective "Corazonado," the brooding piano and string ballad "Hagamos el Amor," and the Sting-esque "Casi un Bolero." All in all, this engaging and beautifully produced album, despite a few lulls, emerges a winner.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/1998
Label:
Sony U.S. Latin
UPC:
0037628265320
catalogNumber:
82653
Rank:
13305

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricky Martin   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
John Beasley   Piano
Phil Perry   Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Concert Master
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Luis Enrique   Percussion
Bunny Hull   Background Vocals
Josie Aiello   Background Vocals
Rusty Anderson   Acoustic Guitar
Curt Bisquera   Drums
Robbie Buchanan   Piano,Keyboards
Ed Calle   Metales
Gloria Cheng   Piano
Tony Concepcion   Multi Instruments
Luis Conte   Percussion
Kenneth Faulk   Metales
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Reggie Hamilton   Bass
Ethan James   Hurdy-Gurdy
Mortonette Jenkins   Background Vocals
Marlena Jeter   Background Vocals
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
Manny López   Guitar
Kristle Murden   Background Vocals
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Archie Pena   Percussion
Darryl Phinnessee   Background Vocals
Mike Porcaro   Bass
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Jackie Simley   Background Vocals
Rafael Solano   Percussion
Stephanie Spruill   Background Vocals
Ramon Stagnaro   Acoustic Guitar
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals
Randy Waldman   Piano
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
John West   Background Vocals
Katrina Harper   Background Vocals
Angel "Angie" Machado   Brazilian Percussion
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
KC Porter   Electric Piano,Multi Instruments
John Kricker   Trombone
Gorden Brent Ingram   Background Vocals
Paquito Hechavarria   Piano
Robi Rosa   Piano,Background Vocals,Palmas
Juan Vincente Zambrano   Keyboards
Marcelo Berestovoy   Acoustic Guitar
Dama Taboe   Metales
Leo Quintero   cuatro
Meia Noite   Brazilian Percussion
Lázaro Rodriguez   Guitar
Jose Luis Vega   Background Vocals
Francisco Manuel Ruiz Gómez   Palmas
Andy Abaz   Tres
Angelina Rosa   Background Vocals
Peter Yussi Wenger   Acoustic Guitar
Maxine Jeter   Background Vocals
Erik Kerly   French Horn
Stella Petrova   Background Vocals
Luis Aguino   Trumpet,Brazilian Percussion
Carmit Bachar   Background Vocals
Phillipe Bourgués   Acoustic Guitar
Kari Cameron   Bass
Ricardo Cordero   Background Vocals
Joseph Lito Cortés   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
G.B. Dorsey   Background Vocals
Rick Nelson   Background Vocals
Rich Gomez   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Desmond Child   Arranger,Producer
Ricky Martin   Spanish Adaptation
Steve Bartek   Orchestration
Ed Calle   Contributor
David Campbell   Orchestration
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Charles Dye   Engineer
Kenneth Faulk   Contributor
Robert Fernandez   Engineer
Matt Hyde   Engineer
Ethan James   Contributor
Brian Jenkins   Engineer
John Karpowich   Engineer
Peter McCabe   Engineer
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Archie Pena   Arranger
Jeff Poe   Engineer
Keith Rose   Engineer
Ted Stein   Engineer
Camilo Valencia   Arranger,Contributor
Angel "Angie" Machado   Contributor
KC Porter   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Benny Faccone   Engineer
Carlos Nieto   Engineer
William Ross   Orchestration
Robi Rosa   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Bass Programming
Orion Crawford   Arranger,Orchestration
Héctor Ivan Rosa   Engineer
Juan Vincente Zambrano   Arranger,Programming
Femio Hernández   Engineer
Luis Gómez Escolar   Contributor,Spanish Adaptation
John Lowson   Engineer
Dama Taboe   Contributor
Karl Cameron   Engineer
Luis Fernándea Soria   Engineer
Cesar Lemos   Arranger
Meia Noite   Contributor
Doc Wiley   Engineer
Wilfredo Rosado   Contributor
Jules Gondar   Engineer
Danny Vicari   Engineer
Esteban Villanueva   Engineer
René Juan De La Cruz Napoli   Graphic Design
Jesus "Chuy" Flores   Engineer

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Vuelve 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I do not speak or understand spanish but I own this album and find it very romantic. It is the perfect music for a nice evening by the fire with the one who makes you hot. I love it and can't wait for his new album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I actually got this SPANISH album by mistake, thinking it was the ''Ricky Martin'' titled-CD, but I've come to love it. There's a spanish version of ''Cup of Life'' and that ''Go the Distance'' song from Disney's Hercules, so the tunes are familiar. My favorite track is ''PERDIDO SIN TI'' -- I can sing all the words, and don't know what they mean. It is worth buying for the picture on the back cover alone -- NICE PANTS!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is a real good cd. I think is even better than his Vida Loca Cd. His spanish singing sound way better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is for everyone! Only buy it and you will not be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The main reason why I bought this CD in the first place was the song ''La Copa De La Vida'' for the World Cup. But to my delight and surprise, all the songs in this album are really enjoyable. A mixture of high and mid tempo songs : Maria, Marcia Baila, La Copa De La Vida - to shake your bon-bon throughout the night; Perdido Sin Ti, Casi Un Bolero, Asi Es La Vida - to relax with your love one beside you. I don't understand Spanish at all but trust me, there's no need for that to enjoy this album.