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Roberto Roena

Greatest Hits

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Roberto Roena

Greatest Hits

$9.99 Album
$9.99 Album
$9.99 Album
El Que Se Fue
Algun Dia Sera
Regano Al Corazon
Mi Desengano
Parece Mentira
Avisale A Mi Contrario
Viva Cortijo
Cui Cui
Yo Soy De Ley
Cucarachita Cucarachon
Lo Que Dios Me Dio
Cancion De Las Canciones
Que Se Sepa
Me Le Fugue A La Candela
Contigo No Quiero Na
There is nothing casual or haphazard in the title of "greatest hits" of this disc. The 15 themes that appear in this compilation were applauded by the public when they originally came to market during the 70s. Some, like "Cui Cui", "the one who left" and "My Disappointment" popping up today in final compilation of the sauce. Part of the reason why the Apollo Sound of Roena became a tropical legend was his ability to generate hits on the dance floor. Fortunately, Roena never sacrificed quality while transiting the path of popular acceptance. During his commercial and artistic zenith about 30 years ago, the Apollo Sound perfected a lethal combination of small-town charm and avant-garde trends. A music lover with eclectic tastes, Roena wanted his orchestra transcended his Puerto Rican origins to become a global force. Despite not having a formal musical education, the bongo had exquisite taste when it came to experiment with exotic influences were for the parameters of Afro-Caribbean music: samba and bossa nova, American funk and a dash of rock'n'roll . Next to the Ponceña Sonora Papo Lucca, Roena created a stream of progressive salsa representing the artistic peak of Afro-Caribbean genre. Even in the new millennium, the songs on this album sound fresh and daring. Born in 1940, Roena began his career as a dancer, before Rafael Cortijo hire him as a percussionist and oversee his musical training. One of the topics covered here, "Live Cortijo" is a joyous tribute to the master, with excerpts from his greatest hits. After Cortijo moved to New York, Roena joined the Gran Combo Raphael Ithier, remaining with the group for several years. In 1969, he decided to form his own orchestra. Apollo Sound's debut album included the famous "You Loco Loco and quiet". But mass successes come only in 1973 with Roberto Roena and his Apollo Sound 5, beginning with the sticky "Cui Cui" and has entered the territory of James Brown funk with "determined to". Both issues appear here. Launched in 1974, the sixth album of the Apollo is considered by many to be the masterpiece of Roena. The opening theme, a fiery version of the song of Tito Rodríguez "El Que Se Fue" exemplifies the orgiastic side of salsa with a sizzling array of metal that remains etched in the minds of the listener forever. Interestingly, both "which was" as "Cockroach Cucarachón" - also from the same disco-- are aggressive messages to the detractors of Roena at that time. One of the features that defines the idiosyncratic genius was his ability to bongosero switch between sounds of a virulent swing with moments of an almost pastoral elegance. As Roena became an indispensable element of the Puerto Rican salsa, his records became less frantic in their intensity. Clearly he wanted to stretch the boundaries of this música-- working with subtle and delicate orchestrations climates. The beautiful "My Disappointment" LP Lucky 7 1976, is one of these issues, combining a conventional sauce with the charm of a samba interlude. From Tito Puente to Charlie Palmieri, many artists had added authentic tropical bossa novas to his repertoire. Roena was a little further legitimizing a profound fusion of Brazilian Afro-Cuban rhythms within a frame. Their efforts have been endlessly imitated since. Seven tracks on this compilation come from two discs: The 1978 Progress and how lucky I've Had born 1980. At that time, the sound of Roena had grown in sophistication. The rhythms were increasingly smooth and velvety. The horn section perfected a combination of trumpets, flute and saxophone. Some topics have the same aesthetic that would define the subgenre of romantic salsa during the 80s. Instinctively, Roena anticipated this trend to abandon the fierce spirit of classic salsa, favoring a more global sound. Roena large discs recorded in the '70s were conceptuales-- is clear that the sequence of items has been designed with great care. Therefore, it is recommended that serious fans of salsa hear these discs in full. As an appetizer to meet for the first time the musical magic of Roberto Roena, this anthology is the ideal immortal hits disc. ERNESTO LECHNER--