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Marc Anthony

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Marc Anthony was a salsa superstar throughout the '90s, long before the Latin pop explosion of the 1999. Once Ricky Martin ushered in a new era of crossovers that spring with "Livin' La Vida Loca," there was a rush of crossover acts, almost enough to make it seem like Anthony was left behind. After all, his bid for mainstream success as the starring role in Paul Simon's Broadway musical The Capeman was undone as it became one of the Great White Way's most notorious failures. Still, Anthony had his own English-language album in the works. Titled Marc Anthony, the record appeared in the fall of 1999, guaranteeing it a shot at a mass audience, which is exactly what it was designed to do. As a matter of fact, it's almost a bit too calculated, opening with two interchangeable ballads that set the tone for a pleasant, subdued set of Latin-tinged adult contemporary pop. Anthony sings beautifully throughout, but he's never given the opportunity to be truly electric, the way he can be with hot salsa numbers. The liveliest the album gets is the catchy, mid-tempo single "I Need to Know," which is gently danceable, or the mild salsa of "That's Okay," and the Latin dance-pop of "She's Been Good to Me." The rest is almost all pop ballads, perfectly produced and gamely sung by Anthony. Some of these work very well, others simply fade into the slipstream. That's particularly frustrating because Anthony is such a talented singer that it's evident that he's capable of much more than this. Marc Anthony isn't bad for what it is, and a few of its singles are quite good, but it's not at the level of his earlier records, or Martin's crossover bid of 1999, either.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
When I Dream at Night (Album Version)
00:04:20

Jim Janik, Engineer - Cory Rooney, Producer - Cory Rooney, Executive Producer - Robin Thicke, Background Vocal - Robin Thicke, Composer - Robin Thicke, Lyricist - Chris Apostle, Co-Producer - Marc Anthony, Performer - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - René Toledo, Guitar - David Swope, 2nd Engineer - Tom Bender, 2nd Engineer - Brian Vibberts, Engineer - Dan Shea, Composer - Dan Shea, Producer - Dan Shea, Lyricist - Dan Shea, Drum Programmer - Dean Parks, Guitar - Robb Williams, Engineer

(P) 1999 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

2
Am I The Only One (Album Version)
00:04:24

Jenn Hilliard, 2nd Engineer - Rob Murphy, 2nd Engineer - Glen Marchese, Engineer - Jay Healy, Engineer - Dean Parks, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Bobbie Fernandez, Engineer - Matthew Hedges, 2nd Engineer - Michael Thompson, Electric Guitar - René Toledo, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Allan Sanderson, 2nd Engineer - Mauricio Guerrero, Engineer - Ethan Shofer, 2nd Engineer - Geoff Gillette, Engineer - Robb Williams, Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - Jorge Calandrelli, Arranger - Fabian Marascuillo, 2nd Engineer - Luis Quince, 2nd Engineer - Dan Shea, Producer - Dan Shea, Keyboards - Dan Shea, Engineer - Dan Shea, Programmer - Walter Afanasieff, Producer - Walter Afanasieff, Composer - Walter Afanasieff, Lyricist - Tony Rambo, 2nd Engineer - Chris Apostle, Co-Producer - Pete Krawiec, 2nd Engineer - Marc Anthony, Composer - Marc Anthony, Lyricist - Marc Anthony, Performer - Cory Rooney, Executive Producer - Tom Bender, 2nd Engineer

(P) 1999 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

3
I Need to Know (Album Version)
00:03:47

Cory Rooney, Producer - Cory Rooney, Keyboards - Cory Rooney, Executive Producer - Cory Rooney, Drum Programmer - C. Rooney, Composer - C. Rooney, Lyricist - Bobby Allende, Percussion - M. Anthony, Composer - M. Anthony, Lyricist - Marc Anthony, Performer - Chris Apostle, Co-Producer - David Swope, 2nd Engineer - Robb Williams, Engineer - Tony Maserati, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1999 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

4
You Sang To Me (Album Version)
00:05:47

Chris Apostle, Co-Producer - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - David Swope, 2nd Engineer - T-Bone Wolk, Acordeon - T-Bone Wolk, Bass - Robb Williams, Engineer - Tom Bender, 2nd Engineer - Cory Rooney, Keyboards - Cory Rooney, Producer - Cory Rooney, Composer - Cory Rooney, Executive Producer - Cory Rooney, Lyricist - Cory Rooney, Drum Programmer - Marc Anthony, Composer - Marc Anthony, Performer - Marc Anthony, Lyricist

(P) 1999 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

5
My Baby You (Album Version)
00:03:56

Jenn Hilliard, 2nd Engineer - Jay Healy, Engineer - Dean Parks, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - David Swope, Engineer - David Swope, 2nd Engineer - Allan Sanderson, 2nd Engineer - Mauricio Guerrero, Engineer - Geoff Gillette, Engineer - Robb Williams, Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Jorge Calandrelli, Conductor - Jorge Calandrelli, Arranger - Luis Quince, 2nd Engineer - Dan Shea, Producer - Dan Shea, Keyboards - Dan Shea, Arranger - Dan Shea, Engineer - Dan Shea, Drum Programmer - Walter Afanasieff, Producer - Walter Afanasieff, Composer - Walter Afanasieff, Lyricist - Walter Afanasieff, Arranger - Tony Rambo, 2nd Engineer - Chris Apostle, Co-Producer - Pete Krawiec, 2nd Engineer - Marc Anthony, Composer - Marc Anthony, Performer - Marc Anthony, Lyricist - Cory Rooney, Executive Producer - Tom Bender, 2nd Engineer

(P) 1999 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

6
No One (Album Version)
00:04:40

Glen Marchese, Engineer - Melonie Daniels, Background Vocal - David Swope, 2nd Engineer - Ethan Shofer, 2nd Engineer - Robb Williams, Engineer - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Ira Antelis, Composer - Ira Antelis, Lyricist - Dan Shea, Producer - Lefitia Lomax, Background Vocal - Ryan Hewitt, 2nd Engineer - Chris Apostle, Co-Producer - Jason Groucott, 2nd Engineer - Tats Sato, 2nd Engineer - Tasheem Lomax, Background Vocal - Marc Anthony, Composer - Marc Anthony, Performer - Marc Anthony, Lyricist - Cory Rooney, Producer - Cory Rooney, Composer - Cory Rooney, Executive Producer - Cory Rooney, Lyricist - Thom Cadley, Engineer - Jim Janik, Engineer

(P) 1999 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

7
How Could I (Album Version)
00:04:26

Mike Scott, Engineer - Cory Rooney, Composer - Cory Rooney, Producer - Cory Rooney, Executive Producer - Cory Rooney, Lyricist - Chris Apostle, Co-Producer - Marc Anthony, Performer - Michael Thompson, Guitar - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - René Toledo, Guitar - David Swope, 2nd Engineer - Gordon Chambers, Background Vocal - Gordon Chambers, Composer - Gordon Chambers, Lyricist - Tom Bender, Engineer - Dan Shea, Producer - Dan Shea, Composer - Dan Shea, Lyricist - Dean Parks, Guitar - Robb Williams, Engineer

(P) 1999 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

8
That's Okay (Album Version)
00:04:40

Cory Rooney, Composer - Cory Rooney, Producer - Cory Rooney, Lyricist - Cory Rooney, Executive Producer - Erben Pérez, Bass - Bobby Allende, Percussion - Marc Anthony, Producer - Marc Anthony, Composer - Marc Anthony, Performer - Marc Anthony, Lyricist - Chris Apostle, Co-Producer - Angel Fernandez, Horns - David Swope, 2nd Engineer - Juanito Gonzalez, Piano - Juanito Gonzalez, Arranger - Alberto Martínez, Horns - Jimmy Bash, Trombone - Robb Williams, Engineer - Tony Maserati, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1999 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

9
Don't Let Me Leave (Album Version)
00:04:48

Skyler Jett, Background Vocal - Conesha Monet, Background Vocal - Michael Thompson, Electric Guitar - David Swope, 2nd Engineer - David Frazer, Engineer - Mauricio Guerrero, Engineer - Robb Williams, Engineer - Claytoven Richardson, Background Vocal - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Luis Quince, 2nd Engineer - Dan Shea, Keyboards - Dan Shea, Engineer - Dan Shea, Drum Programmer - Walter Afanasieff, Producer - Walter Afanasieff, Composer - Walter Afanasieff, Lyricist - Walter Afanasieff, Arranger - Chris Apostle, Co-Producer - Warren Latimer, Engineer - Pete Krawiec, 2nd Engineer - Marc Anthony, Composer - Marc Anthony, Lyricist - Marc Anthony, Performer - Cory Rooney, Executive Producer - Tom Bender, 2nd Engineer

(P) 1999 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

10
Remember Me (Album Version)
00:03:47

Bob Cadway, Engineer - Patrick Carroll, Percussion - Patrick Carroll, Programmer - Marc Shulman, Electric Guitar - Martin Briely, Background Vocal - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Jim Annunzziato, 2nd Engineer - George Spatta, 2nd Engineer - Russ DeSalvo, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Russ DeSalvo, Arranger - Russ DeSalvo, Keyboards - PJ, Background Vocal - DENISE RICH, Composer - DENISE RICH, Lyricist - Rob Mathes, Conductor - Rob Mathes, Arranger - Dana Calitri, Background Vocal - jonnie most, Composer - jonnie most, Lyricist - Chris Apostle, Co-Producer - Ric Wake, Producer - Ric Wake, Arranger - Marc Anthony, Performer - Cory Rooney, Executive Producer - Thomas R. Yezzi, Engineer - Tom Bender, 2nd Engineer

(P) 1999 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

11
She's Been Good To Me (Album Version)
00:04:19

Cory Rooney, Producer - Cory Rooney, Composer - Cory Rooney, Executive Producer - Cory Rooney, Lyricist - Marc Anthony, Performer - Marc Anthony, Composer - Marc Anthony, Lyricist - Chris Apostle, Co-Producer - LaShawn Daniels, Composer - LaShawn Daniels, Lyricist - Jean-Marie Horvat, Engineer - Harvey Mason Jr., Performer - Fred Jerkins III, Composer - Fred Jerkins III, Lyricist - Harvey Mason, Jr., Composer - Harvey Mason, Jr., Lyricist - Robb Williams, Engineer - Tony Maserati, Mixing Engineer - Rodney Jerkins, Composer - Rodney Jerkins, Lyricist - Rodney Jerkins, Producer - Rodney Jerkins, Performer

(P) 1999 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

12
Love Is All (Album Version)
00:04:30

Cory Rooney, Executive Producer - Dan Hetzel, Engineer - Chris Apostle, Co-Producer - Marc Anthony, Performer - Russ DeSalvo, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Russ DeSalvo, Electric Guitar - Russ DeSalvo, Arranger - Russ DeSalvo, Keyboards - Mick Guzauski, Mixing Engineer - Arnie Roman, Composer - Arnie Roman, Lyricist - George Spatta, 2nd Engineer - Steve Skinner, Arranger - Steve Skinner, Keyboards - Steve Skinner, Drum Programmer - Jim Annunzziato, 2nd Engineer - Ethan Mates, 2nd Engineer - Ric Wake, Producer - Ric Wake, Arranger - Tom Bender, 2nd Engineer - Rob Mathes, Conductor - Rob Mathes, Arranger - Thomas R. Yezzi, Engineer - Bob Cadway, Engineer - Patrick Carroll, Percussion - Patrick Carroll, Drum Programmer

(P) 1999 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

13
Dímelo (Album Version)
00:03:48

Cory Rooney, Producer - Cory Rooney, Keyboards - Cory Rooney, Executive Producer - Cory Rooney, Drum Programmer - Cory Rooney, Lyricist - Cory Rooney, Composer - Bobby Allende, Percussion - Michael Greene, Executive Producer - Chris Apostle, Co-Producer - Marc Anthony, Performer - Marc Anthony, Lyricist - Marc Anthony, Composer - Robert Blades, Lyricist - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer - David Swope, 2nd Engineer - Anjeanette Chirino, Lyricist - Emilio Estefan, Jr., Executive Producer - Joanna Ifrah, A&R Coordinator - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Robb Williams, Engineer - Tony Maserati, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1999 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

14
Como Ella Me Quiere A Mí (She's Been Good To Me) (Album Version)
00:04:19

Cory Rooney, Producer - Cory Rooney, Executive Producer - Cory Rooney, Composer - Cory Rooney, Lyricist - Chris Apostle, Co-Producer - Marc Anthony, Performer - Marc Anthony, Composer - Marc Anthony, Lyricist - Robert Blades, Lyricist - LaShawn Daniels, Composer - LaShawn Daniels, Lyricist - Jean-Marie Horvat, Engineer - Angie Chirino, Lyricist - Harvey Mason Jr., Performer - Fred Jerkins III, Composer - Fred Jerkins III, Lyricist - Harvey Mason, Jr., Composer - Harvey Mason, Jr., Lyricist - Robb Williams, Engineer - Tony Maserati, Mixing Engineer - Rodney Jerkins, Composer - Rodney Jerkins, Lyricist - Rodney Jerkins, Producer - Rodney Jerkins, Performer

(P) 1999 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

15
Da La Vuelta (Album Version)
00:05:09

Gerardo López, Recording Engineer - Marc Anthony, Producer - Marc Anthony, Arranger - Marc Anthony, Performer - Emilio Estefan, Jr., Executive Producer - Emilio Estefan, Jr., Lyricist - Emilio Estefan, Jr., Composer - Emilio Estefan, Jr., Producer - Charlie Sierra, Percussion - Rafi Torres, Trombone - Enrique Collazo, Background Vocal - Chris Apostle, Co-Producer - Lito Peña, Jr., 2nd Engineer - Orlando Guillot, Acoustic Cello - Sheila Ortiz, Acoustic Cello - Wichi Camacho, Background Vocal - Michael Greene, Executive Producer - Ronny Torres, Mixing Engineer - Fernando Medina, Violin - Chris Wiggins, 2nd Engineer - J. Dederic, Violin - Angel "Cucco" Peña, Producer - Angel "Cucco" Peña, Arranger - Josué Rosado, Background Vocal - Naldi Morales, Acoustic Cello - Jaime Medina, Violin - Joe Caldas, Recording Engineer - Víctor Sánchez, Violin - Tony Mardini, 2nd Engineer - Jose Janga, Violin - Fernando Muscolo, Keyboards - Kike Santander, Composer - Kike Santander, Lyricist - Luis Aquino, Trumpet - Jorge Díaz, Trombone - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer - Henry Hutchinson, Violin - Francisco Morla, Violin - Jose Gazmei, Bass - Arnaldo Figueroa, Violin - Hector I. Rosa, Mixing Engineer - Hector I. Rosa, Recording Engineer - Victor Vasquez, Trombone - Chequi Ramos, Background Vocal - Emma Matos, Violin - Cory Rooney, Executive Producer - Fermín Segarra, Acoustic Cello - Máximo Torres, Guitar

(P) 1999 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Album Description

Marc Anthony was a salsa superstar throughout the '90s, long before the Latin pop explosion of the 1999. Once Ricky Martin ushered in a new era of crossovers that spring with "Livin' La Vida Loca," there was a rush of crossover acts, almost enough to make it seem like Anthony was left behind. After all, his bid for mainstream success as the starring role in Paul Simon's Broadway musical The Capeman was undone as it became one of the Great White Way's most notorious failures. Still, Anthony had his own English-language album in the works. Titled Marc Anthony, the record appeared in the fall of 1999, guaranteeing it a shot at a mass audience, which is exactly what it was designed to do. As a matter of fact, it's almost a bit too calculated, opening with two interchangeable ballads that set the tone for a pleasant, subdued set of Latin-tinged adult contemporary pop. Anthony sings beautifully throughout, but he's never given the opportunity to be truly electric, the way he can be with hot salsa numbers. The liveliest the album gets is the catchy, mid-tempo single "I Need to Know," which is gently danceable, or the mild salsa of "That's Okay," and the Latin dance-pop of "She's Been Good to Me." The rest is almost all pop ballads, perfectly produced and gamely sung by Anthony. Some of these work very well, others simply fade into the slipstream. That's particularly frustrating because Anthony is such a talented singer that it's evident that he's capable of much more than this. Marc Anthony isn't bad for what it is, and a few of its singles are quite good, but it's not at the level of his earlier records, or Martin's crossover bid of 1999, either.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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