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Valio La Pena

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2004 album from the Latin-pop supstar. Produced by renowned producer Sergio George, who with "Valio La Pena" delivers Marc's best Salsa album to date. After recording five top selling tropical albums, two Top 10 English pop albums & his most recent Spanish Pop album "Amar Sin Mentiras", Marc brings us back to the tropical music he became known for.

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Singer/songwriter Marc Anthony gets back to the basics here, rewarding his main fanbase by recording salsa versions of the Spanish-language pop ballads on his Amar sin Mentiras CD. Beyond "Lamento Borincano," the old folk-salsa standard by the legendary Puerto Rican songwriter Rafael Hernandez, there isn't anything new. The other seven tracks are simply horn-fueled and percussion heavy retakes. But even those who already have Amar can find new juice here. Valio La Pena vibrates with new sonic urgency as Anthony describes the risks sometimes necessary in finding romantic happiness. The pop version of "Ahora Quien" was dramatic and anthemic. Here, it's speeded up and filled out with melodic pianos and horns. Even "Escapemonos," the tepid duet with actress/singer Jennifer Lopez, gets a recharge in the salsa version thanks to percolating percussions. Anthony's strength is his strong, plaintive vocals. On ballads he's ok, but it's in fiery salsa tunes where the music and the vocals really complement each other. Did we really need two Anthony CDs? Probably not, but his hardcore salsa fans will appreciate the extra effort. --Ramiro Burr
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 27, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: July 27, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony U.S. Latin
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002IQNV0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A. valk on February 16, 2005
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O.K., I don't know anything about Salsa. I saw Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez on the Grammy's and thought their balad was beautiful. It's the first time I have liked anything Jennifer Lopez has sung. I decided to buy the CD, and the clerk brought me the Salsa version, little did I know. Whoa! I can't understand a word of Spanish, but for the last three days, I have been driving my long commutes with this CD blaring on my stereo. It's done a lot to make driving a couple hours a day more enjoyable. I have become a Salsa fan. Now, if I could only dance...
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When it comes to Marc Anthony, he is truly a living legend and a shining example of true Nuyoriquen salsa. Combine this with the magic touch of Sergio George's production style on several numbers and the wonderful supporting musicians and this is an unbeatable combination.

I was glad to see that "Escapemonos" was re-recorded as a salsa version with JLo--far more catchy and well-produced. I found myself dancing in the music store. "Tu Amor Me Hace Bien," "Volando Entre Tus Brazos," "Amigo" and "Se Esfuma Tu Amor" were definitely danceable and "Ahora Quien" was so much better as a salsa song than a pop ballad. My favorite song was "Lamento Borincano" which was done in the traditional folk style. It sounded beautiful, and though it was similar to "Preciosa" from his earlier album, it was still beautiful to listen and full of soul.
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It took a while for me to buy this cd, but just kept hearing more and more songs from this cd on the radio and they were all great! My faves are "Se esfuma tu amor" and "valio la pena", but must say...this is probably Marc's best salsa release!
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Well, I have to start of by saying that, like many other salseros, I'm not a fan of Spanish Pop. Me cansé de escuchar cantantes de Salsa o Merengue cambiar a la música pop. So I didn't bother to listen to Amar Sin Mentiras. That being the case I didn't mind that this CD was just a remix of the pop songs on that CD (If you have listened to or purchased Amar Sin Mentiras this might bother you though). Valió La Pena is good Salsa. It's not quite on the level of Todo A Su Tiempo or Contra La Corriente, but it's good Salsa just the same. The title track, "Valió La Pena," has a good hard hitting up tempo beat. I also particularly like "Ahora Quien." As per his usual Sergio George (the musical producer of the album) provides great musical arrangements. I definetely recommend this album to fans of Marc Anthony's Salsa music.
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Marc Anthony is one of the greatest singers of his generation and in my humble opinion this is one of the best albums I've ever heard!! I can play this album from one song to another without skipping any of them.
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He has a good sound, good beat and you can dance to it. The price is good and Amazon has good timing and serves the customers well. I am a happy camper with Amazon. Have fun shopping and God bless.
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I love Marc Anthony and I love dancing Salsa. Most of these songs I already listen and dance to because they're fun, energetic songs. It's great to have all of these songs together and that they're all salsa. I can play the CD without having to skip any songs. The only one I'm not crazy about is the Ahora Quien salsa version. Personally, I think the slower, ballard version of the song is much better, but it's not bad as a salsa either.

This CD just proves why I love Marc Anthony and why he's the best at salsa music.
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By Rob on September 1, 2004
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valio la pena esperar por este cd aunque sea el remix en salsa del disco amar sin mentiras, lo unico que no me gusto fue que incluyo la cancion con jennifer lopez que es bastante mala en pop y en salsa anyway me gusta tanto el cd que me quede con las ganas cuando llegas a la ultima cancion te quedas esperando por mas (cancion favorita valio la pena)
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