15 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

This 1978 release showcases Juan Gabriel’s unparalleled tenor in all its glory: That voice can get the waterworks flowing, send you into a lovesick swoon or turn on a dime and let loose a skyscraping high note. Songs like the powerfully melodic “Extraño Tus Ojos” or the symphonically luscious title track may start out moonlit and easy, but they gradually summon an overwhelming rush of emotion—and it’s that intensity, closely followed by catharsis, that brings us back, compulsively, to Gabriel’s songs.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This 1978 release showcases Juan Gabriel’s unparalleled tenor in all its glory: That voice can get the waterworks flowing, send you into a lovesick swoon or turn on a dime and let loose a skyscraping high note. Songs like the powerfully melodic “Extraño Tus Ojos” or the symphonically luscious title track may start out moonlit and easy, but they gradually summon an overwhelming rush of emotion—and it’s that intensity, closely followed by catharsis, that brings us back, compulsively, to Gabriel’s songs.

TITLE TIME
4:09
4:33
5:10
4:30
5 4:26
6 4:01
7 3:49
8 4:39
3:35
4:47
11 3:15
3:21
4:47
3:50
3:42

About Alex Ubago

Spanish Latin pop star Alex Ubago was born in Vitoria on January 29, 1981. His family moved to San Sebastian when Alex, an only child, was four. Just for the fun of creating, Ubago wrote his first song at the age of 15. He taught himself to sing, solely to hear how his songs sounded. Without career designs, after writing several songs Ubago contacted his cousin David, who was a musician with a home studio. Together, the two recorded some of Ubago's compositions, hoping to present them to Ubago's girlfriend as a birthday present. It didn't take long before these casual recordings fell into the hands of manager Inigio Argomaniz, who presented the material to some industry friends. Ubago was gently urged to record some more of his material, and in time enough material had been written to be formally presented. The hands in which the new songs landed were those of DRO Atlantic artistic director Alfonso Perez. In October of 2000 the contracts were signed. Three years later Que Pides Tu was released, followed by 2004's Fantasia o Realidad, which would win Ubago international stardom. The latter record achieved gold and platinum status, given its strong sales in Spain, Latin America, and the U.S. In 2006 Ubago released Aviones de Cristal, featuring the song "Viajar Contigo," one of Ubago's many Billboard chart successes. In 2010, he formed a musical project called Alex, Jorge y Lena alongside Cuban singer Lena and Jorge Villamizar. They released their first single "Estar Contigo" in 2011. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez

  • ORIGIN
    Vitoria, Spain
  • BORN
    29 Jan 1981

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