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Both a traditionalist and an innovator, legendary Colombian salsa and tropical music singer Joe Arroyo had already been gone from this earth for six years when Mis Favoritas hit the shelves, but that's not the only reason the title is in doubt. After such a long, productive career, it's hard to imagine all of his — or any fan's — "favorites" coming from his time on the Sony label (roughly the years 1991-2003), or that they would all come from his 2007 two-CD set 20 Originales, which Mis Favoritas matches — track for track and in the same order — right up until "Deja Que Te Canta" closes the set. That was the fourth track on disc two on 20 Originales and this set just cuts off the remaining songs, but it's a testament to Arroyo's later work that the set still shines despite its simplistic construction, with hits like "Tal Para Cual," "Noches de Ilusión," and "El Viajero" all standing up to the man's early work. Still, this isn't the full picture, just an excellent and easy pickup for anyone looking to knock off El Joe's Sony years in one disc.


Born: November 1, 1955 in Cartagena, Colombia

Genre: Música tropical

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The dance-inspiring sounds of Colombia-born vocalist Joe Arroyo (born: Alvaro Jose Arroyo Gonzalez) sampled a diverse array of Caribbean music styles, including salsa, compas, merengue, reggae, and soca. A former member of leading salsa band Fruko y Sus Tesos, Arroyo continued to blend musical influences with his own group, La Verdad (The Truth), beginning in 1981. Arroyo began his musical career at the young age of eight when he sang in a strip joint in his hometown of Cartagena. His first break...
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