México en la piel

México en la piel

by Luis MiguelLuis Miguel

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Overview

Luis Miguel has built a sizable catalog since the early '90s, providing a variety of Latin pop albums that have ranged from excellent to merely decent. The Mexican superstar has recorded his share of gems, although at times, he has played it safe and coasted on his considerable talent. But there is no coasting on México el la Piel (Mexico in the Flesh), which is undeniably one of the finest, most enriching albums of his career. Unlike much of his catalog, this 2004 release isn't strictly an album of Latin pop; Miguel favors a more classically Mexican approach this time, embracing well-known Mexican standards and celebrating the country's rich mariachi and ranchera heritage. Miguel, in fact, is joined by none other than Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, a Mexican institution that goes all the way back to the late 1890s. Over the years, the mariachi powerhouse has had numerous lineup changes -- and all of the original members, of course, have long since passed away. But then, Mariachi Vargas at this point is really about a sound, a culture, and a tradition rather than individual members; they have long functioned as Mexico's finest repertory band, and the 2004 edition of Mariachi Vargas is a definite asset for Miguel on Mexican standards like José Alfredo Jiménez's "Un Mundo Raro," Federico Méndez's "De Que Manera Te Olvido," and Alvaro Carrillo's "Luz de Luna." Miguel really soars on those gems as well as on "Paloma Querida" (another Jiménez classic) and a stunning performance of Consuelo Velásquez's "Que Seas Feliz" that has been used as the theme for Apuesta por un Amor, the telenovela (Latin soap opera) that replaced the popular Rubí on the Univision network after it concluded. Among non-Latino audiences, "Que Seas Feliz" isn't as well known as "Besame Mucho." But the song is a longtime favorite in Mexico, and Miguel has no problem doing Velásquez's poignant lyrics justice. Miguel has every reason to be proud of México el la Piel, which is definitely among his most essential releases.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2004
Label: Warner Music Latina
UPC: 0825646197729
catalogNumber: 61977
Rank: 20488

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luis Miguel   Primary Artist
Tata Vega   Coros
Armando Manzanero   Musical Direction
Richard Todd   French Horn
Phil Ayling   Flute,Oboe
Robert Becker   Viola
Luis Conte   Percussion
Larry Corbett   Celli
Daniel Greco   Marimbas
Julio Hernández   Violin
Kim Hutchcroft   Flute
Julio Martinez   Arpa
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
Carlos Murguía   Coros
Dan Navarro   Coros
Kenny O'Brien   Coros
Felipe Perez   Violin
Ramon Stagnaro   Acoustic Guitar
Brad Warnaar   French Horn
Daniel Smith   Celli
Xavier Serano   Trumpet
Juan Rodriguez   Violin
Alberto Alfaro   Violin
Gustavo Alvarado   Trumpet
Víctor "El Pato" Cardenas   Vihuela
Gisa Vatcky   Coros
Federico Torres   Trumpet
Darrin McCann   Viola
Enrigue Santiago   Guitarron
Paulina Aguirre   Coros
Martin Alfaro   Violin
Fernando Martinez Arreguin   Violin

Technical Credits

Alvaro Carrillo   Composer
José Alfredo Jiménez   Composer
Juán Zaizar   Composer
Luis Miguel   Producer,Audio Production
Rubén Fuentes   Composer
Francisco Loyo   Producer
Dave Reitzas   Contributor
Jeri Heiden   Graphic Design
Roberto Sierra   Composer
Salo Loyo   Engineer
Rafa Sardina   Engineer,Contributor
Federico Mendez   Composer
Abelardo Pulido   Composer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Alejandro Asensi   Executive Producer
Glen Nakasako   Graphic Design
Joanne Jaworowski   Graphic Design

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