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Valio La Pena (Salsa Version)

Marc Anthony

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If there's anything made clear by the growing number of albums by Latin artists that are conceived with mainstream English-speaking audiences in mind, it's that something essential gets lost in translation. There's no doubt that the reigning king of Nuyoriquen salsa, Marc Anthony, has the musical chops and vocal talent to churn out hits regardless of genre -- but it's also true that not all of his efforts merit the same consideration. In English, as on Mended in 2002, Anthony's lyrics sound schlocky and overwrought, sort of like Air Supply tunes -- early favorites of the young New Yorker -- turned up to 11. Or, sung in Spanish in mainstream romantic ballad style, as on Amar Sin Mentiras, they embody the suffering of a Latin lover trapped in a geek's body. You'd feel a little sorry for the guy if you didn't know that he was nonetheless managing to tap into a whole new pool of swooning fans. Fortunately, every so often Anthony decides to stop fooling around and records an album showcasing his genius in its natural habitat. Valió la Pena, named Best Salsa Album of 2005 at the Latin Grammys, is one such album. Featuring the same set as on Amar Sin Mentiras, only put to salsa like the good señor intended it to be, Valió la Pena was produced by keyboard player and sometime vocalist Sergio George, last heard behind other top-shelf Marc Anthony records like Todo a Su Tiempo. With the screaming hot brass and relentlessly sexy percussion to match the love-crazed lyrics, and the love-crazed lyrics to match Anthony's screaming hot vocals and relentlessly sexy improvisation, Valió la Pena captures the drama and excitement palpable in New York's best salsa clubs. It's not the perfect dance album -- there are a few too many rhythm breaks and sudden changes of dynamics for that -- but it is guaranteed to get hasta el geek más lamentable del mundo in the mood. And isn't it time you got in touch with your inner Latin lover?
© Jenny Gage /TiVo

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1
Valió la Pena (Salsa Version)
Marc Anthony
00:04:49

Estefano, Lyricist - Chris Alfinez, Background Vocal - Oscar Zambrano, 2nd Engineer - Jon Fausty, Mixing Engineer - Jon Fausty, Engineer - Hector Ivan Rosa, Engineer - Luis Aquino, Trumpet - SERGIO GEORGE, Producer - SERGIO GEORGE, Background Vocal - SERGIO GEORGE, Arranger - SERGIO GEORGE, Keyboards - SERGIO GEORGE, Piano - Brian Vibberts, 2nd Engineer - Diego Gale, Congas - Diego Gale, Bongos - Grecco V. Burrato, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Alberto Barros, Trombone - Alberto Barros, Co-Producer - Jose Luis Pagan, Lyricist - William Duvall, Background Vocal - Bernd Schoenhart, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Immanuel Ramirez, Assistant Producer - Robert Reyes, 2nd Engineer - Mike Rivera, Coordinator - Jake R. Tanner, Engineer - Jake R. Tanner, Mixing Engineer - Tiki Pasillas, Percussion - Alex Duque, Bass - Gerardo "Papo" Rios, Engineer - Kevin Ricard, Percussion - Marc Anthony, Composer - Marc Anthony, Performer

(P) 2004 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

2
Escapémonos (Salsa Version)
Jennifer Lopez
00:05:31

Estefano, Composer - Estefano, Lyricist - Chris Alfinez, Background Vocal - Oscar Zambrano, 2nd Engineer - Jon Fausty, Mixing Engineer - Jon Fausty, Engineer - Luis Aquino, Trumpet - Hector Ivan Rosa, Engineer - SERGIO GEORGE, Background Vocal - SERGIO GEORGE, Arranger - SERGIO GEORGE, Keyboards - SERGIO GEORGE, Piano - SERGIO GEORGE, Producer - Brian Vibberts, 2nd Engineer - Diego Gale, Congas - Diego Gale, Bongos - Grecco V. Burrato, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Alberto Barros, Trombone - Alberto Barros, Co-Producer - William Duvall, Background Vocal - Julio Reyes, Composer - Bernd Schoenhart, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Immanuel Ramirez, Assistant Producer - Robert Reyes, 2nd Engineer - Mike Rivera, Coordinator - Jake R. Tanner, Engineer - Jake R. Tanner, Mixing Engineer - Tiki Pasillas, Percussion - Alex Duque, Bass - Jennifer Lopez, Performer - Gerardo "Papo" Rios, Engineer - Kevin Ricard, Percussion - Marc Anthony, Performer

(P) 2004 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

3
Ahora Quien (Salsa Version)
Marc Anthony
00:05:09

Estefano, Composer - Estefano, Lyricist - Oscar Zambrano, 2nd Engineer - Chris Alfinez, Background Vocal - Luis Damon, Background Vocal - Jon Fausty, Engineer - Hector Ivan Rosa, Engineer - Luis Aquino, Trumpet - SERGIO GEORGE, Producer - SERGIO GEORGE, Background Vocal - SERGIO GEORGE, Arranger - SERGIO GEORGE, Keyboards - SERGIO GEORGE, Piano - Brian Vibberts, 2nd Engineer - Diego Gale, Congas - Diego Gale, Bongos - Grecco V. Burrato, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Jorge Calandrelli, Arranger - Alberto Barros, Trombone - Alberto Barros, Co-Producer - Alfredo Matheus, Mixing Engineer - William Duvall, Background Vocal - Julio Reyes, Arranger - Julio Reyes, Composer - Julio Reyes, Lyricist - Leyla Hoyle, Background Vocal - Kevin Ceballo, Background Vocal - Robert Reyes, 2nd Engineer - Bernd Schoenhart, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Immanuel Ramirez, Assistant Producer - Mike Rivera, Coordinator - Jake R. Tanner, Engineer - Tiki Pasillas, Percussion - Alex Duque, Bass - Gerardo "Papo" Rios, Engineer - Gerardo "Papo" Rios, Mixing Engineer - Kevin Ricard, Percussion - Marc Anthony, Performer

(P) 2004 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

4
Tu Amor Me Hace Bien (Salsa Version)
Marc Anthony
00:05:00

Estefano, Composer - Estefano, Lyricist - Chris Alfinez, Background Vocal - Oscar Zambrano, 2nd Engineer - Jon Fausty, Mixing Engineer - Jon Fausty, Engineer - Hector Ivan Rosa, Engineer - Luis Aquino, Trumpet - SERGIO GEORGE, Producer - SERGIO GEORGE, Background Vocal - SERGIO GEORGE, Arranger - SERGIO GEORGE, Keyboards - SERGIO GEORGE, Piano - Brian Vibberts, 2nd Engineer - Diego Gale, Congas - Diego Gale, Bongos - Grecco V. Burrato, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Alberto Barros, Trombone - Alberto Barros, Co-Producer - William Duvall, Background Vocal - Bernd Schoenhart, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Immanuel Ramirez, Assistant Producer - Robert Reyes, 2nd Engineer - Mike Rivera, Coordinator - Jake R. Tanner, Engineer - Jake R. Tanner, Mixing Engineer - Tiki Pasillas, Percussion - Alex Duque, Bass - Gerardo "Papo" Rios, Engineer - Kevin Ricard, Percussion - Marc Anthony, Performer

(P) 2004 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

5
Volando Entre Tus Brazos (Salsa Version)
Marc Anthony
00:05:18

Estefano, Composer - Estefano, Lyricist - Chris Alfinez, Background Vocal - Oscar Zambrano, 2nd Engineer - Jon Fausty, Mixing Engineer - Jon Fausty, Engineer - Hector Ivan Rosa, Engineer - Luis Aquino, Trumpet - SERGIO GEORGE, Producer - SERGIO GEORGE, Background Vocal - SERGIO GEORGE, Arranger - SERGIO GEORGE, Keyboards - SERGIO GEORGE, Piano - Brian Vibberts, 2nd Engineer - Diego Gale, Congas - Diego Gale, Bongos - Grecco V. Burrato, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Alberto Barros, Trombone - Alberto Barros, Co-Producer - William Duvall, Background Vocal - Julio Reyes, Composer - Julio Reyes, Lyricist - Bernd Schoenhart, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Immanuel Ramirez, Assistant Producer - Robert Reyes, 2nd Engineer - Mike Rivera, Coordinator - Jake R. Tanner, Engineer - Jake R. Tanner, Mixing Engineer - Tiki Pasillas, Percussion - Alex Duque, Bass - Gerardo "Papo" Rios, Engineer - Kevin Ricard, Percussion - Marc Anthony, Performer

(P) 2004 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

6
Amigo (Salsa Version)
Marc Anthony
00:04:12

Chris Alfinez, Background Vocal - Oscar Zambrano, 2nd Engineer - Jon Fausty, Mixing Engineer - Jon Fausty, Engineer - Hector Ivan Rosa, Engineer - Luis Aquino, Trumpet - SERGIO GEORGE, Producer - SERGIO GEORGE, Background Vocal - SERGIO GEORGE, Arranger - SERGIO GEORGE, Keyboards - SERGIO GEORGE, Piano - Brian Vibberts, 2nd Engineer - Diego Gale, Congas - Diego Gale, Bongos - Roberto Carlos, Composer - Roberto Carlos, Lyricist - Grecco V. Burrato, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Alberto Barros, Trombone - Alberto Barros, Co-Producer - William Duvall, Background Vocal - Bernd Schoenhart, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Immanuel Ramirez, Assistant Producer - Robert Reyes, 2nd Engineer - Mike Rivera, Coordinator - Erasmo Carlos, Composer - Erasmo Carlos, Lyricist - Jake R. Tanner, Engineer - Jake R. Tanner, Mixing Engineer - Tiki Pasillas, Percussion - Alex Duque, Bass - Gerardo "Papo" Rios, Engineer - Kevin Ricard, Percussion - Marc Anthony, Performer

(P) 2004 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

7
Se Esfuma Tu Amor (Salsa Version)
Marc Anthony
00:04:36

Estefano, Composer - Estefano, Lyricist - Chris Alfinez, Background Vocal - Oscar Zambrano, 2nd Engineer - Jon Fausty, Mixing Engineer - Jon Fausty, Engineer - Hector Ivan Rosa, Engineer - Luis Aquino, Trumpet - SERGIO GEORGE, Producer - SERGIO GEORGE, Background Vocal - SERGIO GEORGE, Arranger - SERGIO GEORGE, Keyboards - SERGIO GEORGE, Piano - Brian Vibberts, 2nd Engineer - Diego Gale, Congas - Diego Gale, Bongos - Grecco V. Burrato, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Alberto Barros, Trombone - Alberto Barros, Co-Producer - Jose Luis Pagan, Composer - Jose Luis Pagan, Lyricist - William Duvall, Background Vocal - Bernd Schoenhart, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Immanuel Ramirez, Assistant Producer - Robert Reyes, 2nd Engineer - Mike Rivera, Coordinator - Jake R. Tanner, Engineer - Jake R. Tanner, Mixing Engineer - Tiki Pasillas, Percussion - Alex Duque, Bass - Gerardo "Papo" Rios, Engineer - Kevin Ricard, Percussion - Marc Anthony, Performer

(P) 2004 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

8
Lamento Borincano (Salsa Version)
Marc Anthony
00:05:05

Wilfredo Lopez, Percussion - Gerardo "Papo" Rios, Engineer - Marc Anthony, Performer - Robert Reyes, 2nd Engineer - Oscar Zambrano, 2nd Engineer - Immanuel Ramirez, Assistant Producer - SERGIO GEORGE, Producer - PEDRO RIVERA TOLEDO, Arranger - Hector Ivan Rosa, Engineer - Brian Vibberts, 2nd Engineer - Los Andinos, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mike Rivera, Co-Producer - Mike Rivera, Coordinator - Jake R. Tanner, Engineer - Jake R. Tanner, Mixing Engineer - Rafael Hernandez, Composer - Rafael Hernandez, Lyricist - Pedro Pérez, Bass - Jon Fausty, Mixing Engineer - Jon Fausty, Engineer

(P) 2004 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Album Description

If there's anything made clear by the growing number of albums by Latin artists that are conceived with mainstream English-speaking audiences in mind, it's that something essential gets lost in translation. There's no doubt that the reigning king of Nuyoriquen salsa, Marc Anthony, has the musical chops and vocal talent to churn out hits regardless of genre -- but it's also true that not all of his efforts merit the same consideration. In English, as on Mended in 2002, Anthony's lyrics sound schlocky and overwrought, sort of like Air Supply tunes -- early favorites of the young New Yorker -- turned up to 11. Or, sung in Spanish in mainstream romantic ballad style, as on Amar Sin Mentiras, they embody the suffering of a Latin lover trapped in a geek's body. You'd feel a little sorry for the guy if you didn't know that he was nonetheless managing to tap into a whole new pool of swooning fans. Fortunately, every so often Anthony decides to stop fooling around and records an album showcasing his genius in its natural habitat. Valió la Pena, named Best Salsa Album of 2005 at the Latin Grammys, is one such album. Featuring the same set as on Amar Sin Mentiras, only put to salsa like the good señor intended it to be, Valió la Pena was produced by keyboard player and sometime vocalist Sergio George, last heard behind other top-shelf Marc Anthony records like Todo a Su Tiempo. With the screaming hot brass and relentlessly sexy percussion to match the love-crazed lyrics, and the love-crazed lyrics to match Anthony's screaming hot vocals and relentlessly sexy improvisation, Valió la Pena captures the drama and excitement palpable in New York's best salsa clubs. It's not the perfect dance album -- there are a few too many rhythm breaks and sudden changes of dynamics for that -- but it is guaranteed to get hasta el geek más lamentable del mundo in the mood. And isn't it time you got in touch with your inner Latin lover?
© Jenny Gage /TiVo

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