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Album Review

There have been many Frankie Ruiz compilations, before and after his untimely death in 1998. This one, part of the double-disc, discount-priced Gold series assembled by Universal Music's Hip-O reissue division, compares favorably to a couple of earlier two-CD packages. Among its 31 tracks are 15 also contained on the 25-track Leyenda of 1999, but it is particularly similar to the 2001 collection Serie 32, not only sharing 27 selections, but also putting many of them in the same non-chronological sequence. Clearly, there isn't much debate about what Ruiz's best and most popular tracks are. The salsa beat never lets up, and the singer is unflagging in his enthusiasm; he may have lived a troubled life, but those troubles are nowhere apparent on these lively recordings.


Born: March 10, 1958 in Paterson, NJ

Genre: Salsa and Tropical

Years Active: '80s, '90s

On August 9, 1998, Salsa lost one of its greatest singers, Frankie Ruiz, to liver failure, which according to various resources, resulted from complications of the AIDS virus. One of the first to perform in the Salsa Sensual style, Ruiz had played a major role in the resurgence of salsa's popularity in the '70s. A native of Patterson, NJ, Ruiz began singing at a very young age. He was still a child when he made his recording debut with Charlie Lopez y Su Orquesta. Moving, with his mother, to Puerto...
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  • Partial Album
  • Genres: Salsa and Tropical, Music, Latino
  • Released: Apr 25, 2006

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