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Album Review

This is the recording that made Victor Manuelle a household name, placing him in the front rank of the most celebrated Puerto Rican salsa singers. The typically loud and brash Sergio George production seems an adequate backdrop for the talents of the improvisational singer, who finally reached his personal identity with this CD. This production features George's usual New York personnel: brass men José "Ite" Jerez, David "Piro" Rodríguez, William Cepeda, and Jimmy Bosch contribute heavily, while rhythm men Marc Quiñones, Rubén Rodríguez, and Luis Quintero, together with Manuelle's timbalero and band director, Chago Martínez, make a rabid, compelling percussive ensemble. Highlights include the smash hit "Hay Que Poner el Alma" (composed by Omar Alfanno), "Todo Quedo, Quedo," and Johnny Ortiz' ebullient salsa homage "Ahora Me Toca a Mí." One of Manuelle's most important productions, this is constantly requested during his public performances and tours. ~ José A. Estévez, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Nice Selection

This is Victor's first album with the New York sound. It is a great album. Ahora Me Toca a Mi shows off his sonero skills and all the songs are well written. Some are old classics. Excellent for dancers and musicians alike...

Victor's best cd

This recording marks Victor Manuelle's route to being #2 in the 90's. Gilberto Santa Rosa #1 and Frankie Ruiz #3. Also, the first song where he becomes a "sonero" with "Ahora Me Toca A Mi" a six-minute song where the percussion goes all out. When I first heard this cd, I was impressed, saying to myself: There are still some soneros left!!! Excellent arrangements from beginning to end. My second favorite is "Todo Quedo, Quedo" followed closely by "Como Una Estrella". Nice danceable love songs. "Hay Que Poner El Alma" is very good too backed up nicely by sinthesizers. The opening song "Pensamiento Y Palabra" is outstanding as it reveals Victor's voice to the max. "Sin Querer Queriendo", a popular song, was well sang by Victor. I like his version better than others. "Volveras" was a song that every spanish club played 100 times a night and became old very quickly, nevertheless, it's a great song. "La Razon De Mi Vida" is also well sang by Victor and was overshadowed by the others so it wasn't played as much. Victor has tried to come back with a new album trying to top this one but has failed. "Decision Unanime" and "A Pesar De Todo" were very good but no match for this one. Victor is our present sonero-to-the-future (He's still very young) so enjoy his music and enjoy this cd. He's recording a lot of slow jams nowadays but still records hot spicy salsa. I see him as the top salsa singer once Gilberto Santa Rosa goes to heaven. Peace!!!!


Born: September 27, 1968 in New York, NY [The Bronx]

Genre: Salsa y Tropical

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

Victor Manuelle emerged as a leading voice among the generation of New York salsa performers who rose to prominence in the mid-'90s, along with Marc Anthony and India, who were his only rivals in terms of success and popularity. Mentored by Gilberto Santa Rosa and produced by Sergio George, Manuelle regularly topped the tropical charts during his mid-'90s peak, as his albums Victor Manuelle (1996) and A Pesar de Todo (1997) spun off a parade of number one hits. The esteemed sonero continued his hitmaking...
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