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Album Review

Héctor Lavoe's third solo release benefited from Willie Colón's production, Rubén Blades agreeing to give his new composition "El Cantante" to him (Lavoe promptly made it his own), and the varied arrangements of Colón and Luis "Perico" Ortíz. But setting all that firepower aside, it's still true that nobody could make a song sing quite like Héctor Lavoe (there was a reason they called him "La Voz"), and his commanding air over this record made it his third straight classic. As on the previous two, Lavoe and company strive for stylistic range more than anything else, adding a heavy syrup of strings to "El Cantante" for an elegant touch, getting streetwise for "Bandolera," and finishing the album with a surging montuno titled "Songoro Cosongo."

Customer Reviews

An All Time classic......but.......

WTH is this? No EL CANTANTE? That's Lavoe's signature song! It defined him in his career! (I don't get what the 9:59 limit on downloads issue is. The "rule" stinks!). Great album by La Voz, so it merits a 5-star rating. A 1-star rating for iTunes for omitting a classic song off a classic album.

La comedia del cantante de los cantantes

En este álbum se incluye el tema exitoso "El cantante" que le dio mas popularidad a Héctor Lavoe, aunque el tema la compuso Rubén Blades, pero él se la dió a Héctor para que la cantara porque la letra reflejaba su estilo de vida y como la canción fue todo un éxito Héctor Lavoe empieza a ser reconocido como "El cantante de los cantantes".


Born: September 30, 1946 in Ponce, Puerto Rico

Genre: Salsa y Tropical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Héctor Lavoe was born to sing. As Latin music evolved from the boogaloo of the late '60s to the salsa boom of the '70s, Lavoe was at its forefront and "El Cantante" (the singer) of some of its most representative songs. Born Héctor Juan Perez in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on September 30, 1946, he was influenced by the Latin singers he heard on the radio, Daniel Santos and Chuito el de Bayamon, just to name a couple. As he grew more involved in music, he drew his inspiration from Puerto Rico's great sonero...
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