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El Cantante (Music from and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture)

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Album Review

Marc Anthony plays the role of Héctor Lavoe in El Cantante, the film he had been wanting and waiting to make for many years. Lavoe is a hero to salsa fans, famed for the artistry of his vocals and the intensity of his rhythm; his records with Willie Colón during the early '70s were high points for salsa, and they paved the way for many vocalists to come (including one Marc Anthony). Anthony's physical resemblance to Lavoe is only passing, but no other musician alive could have done as much with this soundtrack tribute to Lavoe. Enlisting a variety of famed salsa musicians (including Yomo Toro, Marc Quiñones, Bobby Allende, Milton Cardona, José Mangual, and Tito Allen), Anthony and producer Sergio George reprise nine of Héctor Lavoe's best moments on wax, including "Aguanile," "Che Che Colé," "Mi Gente," and the title track. The arrangements are very faithful to the '70s and '80s originals, except for occasional strings that work very well in context. Anthony and his group are dynamite, creating the type of excitement that's capable of bursting more than a few stereotypes and making newcomers to salsa realize that it's an incredibly important, incredibly artistic music. The tenth track finds Jennifer Lopez, Anthony's wife in the film and in real life, performing a pop ballad titled "Toma de Mí," which functions pretty well as a love theme to El Cantante. For a direct look at what Lavoe meant to music, check out the two-disc compilation La Voz, but fans of the picture will want to own these songs as well.

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Bien Hecho

Lo que no hicieron los “dic que”, Lideres de la Salsa, que llevan años en el negocio de la música latina lo hizo un muchacho joven, lleno de energía y con poco tiempo en el negocio de la salsa. Marc Anthony tuvo el coraje de encarar en un proyecto de revivir la memoria de uno de lo nuestros, el talentoso Héctor Lavoe. El Sr. Anthony en ningún momento esta tratando de imitar a Héctor Lavoe. El Sr. Anthony es un profesional en el ámbito de la música para intentar imitar al gran cantante Puertorriqueño como lo fue Héctor Lavoe. Sus intenciones son revivir, recordar y mas importante brindarle un homenaje a Héctor Lavoe. Un homenaje que se debió haber hecho hace mucho tiempo atrás pero lastimosamente, Willie Colon, quien debió haberlo hecho no tuvo la visión para hacerlo. Digo Willie Colon porque fue con el Sr. Colon con quien Héctor Lavoe empezó sus primeros pasos en la música y con quien grabo la música que estuvo y sigue siendo favorito de nosotros. Así que a los señor Marc Anthony y señora Jennifer López de Anthony, bien hecho. Ustedes hicieron bien con darle merito a quien se lo merece. Muchas gracias por darme un recordatorio del gran Héctor Lavoe.


Soon To Be A Classic!! I Just Got This Album Today and i already played it 10 times on my ipod, without skipping any songs. Marc Anthony did a great job paying tribute to el gran Hector Lavoe, his vocals are near perfect performing these songs, though the only thing missing from Marc's voice is Hector's swagger. The songs sound just like the originals, the only bad thing about this album is track 10.... Jennifer lopez. why is she even on the album?!! all the songs are good but i just wish he would have sung Periodico De Ayer, y La Murga De Panana. AGUANILE, CHE CHE COLE, MI GENTE, EL DIA DE MI SUERTE are MUST-HAVE!!!! I really hope people pay attention to this album.... WE NEED TO BRING GREAT SALSA BACK!!

A Job Well DOne

You people that are saying he's no Hector Lavoe..Well Of course he's not..But Marc deserve's an applause he's one of the great's just like Mr.LAvoe.. and Marc has never said he sounded like stop criticzing him and jennifer..if you have nothing nice to say then dont say anything..Way To MArc ANd JEN..Can't wait of the COncert..


Born: September 16, 1969 in New York, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A multi-talented artist, Marc Anthony has balanced an acting career with a musical career. In addition to appearing in films like The Substitute, Big Night, and Hackers, and in Broadway productions such as Paul Simon's The Capeman, Anthony rose to the top level of Latino music. The biggest-selling salsa artist of all time, Anthony was included on a Top Ten list of influential New Yorkers compiled by New York Magazine. Instructed in music theory and composition by his father, Anthony grew up listening...
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