Ricky Martin [1999]

Ricky Martin [1999]

by Ricky MartinRicky Martin


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It was just a matter of time before Ricky Martin broke into the pop mainstream. By the end of the '90s, he was no longer the kid that used to be in Menudo or the General Hospital heartthrob -- he was a genuine star, ready to bust out of the Latin pop ghetto. His dynamic performance at the 1999 Grammys stole the show, announcing his presence to middle America -- and conveniently paving the way for the May release of Ricky Martin, his second eponymous album but first English-language record. Like most records that are crafted to sell an artist to a larger audience -- think Celine Dion's Falling Into You -- Ricky Martin is a big, bold album with something to please everyone, from his longtime Latin fans to housewives with a weakness for dramatic ballads. Reportedly two years in the making, the album never makes a wrong move, balancing infectious dance-pop with immaculately crafted power ballads, mid-tempo pop, straight-ahead rockers, and, of course, the inevitable cameos: Madonna on "Be Careful (Cuidado con Mi Corazón)" and Meja on "Private Emotion." Since each track has been so carefully constructed to stand on its own (most likely as a single), the album plays as a series of moments, some more thrilling than others. Although there is inarguably some filler cluttering the record -- and although the production sounds weirdly dated, with tracks like "I Count the Minutes" and "She's All I Ever Had" sounding for all the world as if they were cut in 1985 -- most of the moments work and the opening quartet ("Livin' la Vida Loca," "Spanish Eyes," "She's All I Ever Had," and the irresistibly stupid "Shake Your Bon-Bon") is positively intoxicating. If the rest of the album doesn't live up to the opening salvo, Martin does carry the day with his fine voice and undeniable charisma -- even when the songs aren't distinctive, he brings them alive. And that's the sign of a true star.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/1999
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886978866226
catalogNumber: 788662
Rank: 66486

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricky Martin   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Rene Toledo   Guitar
William Orbit   Guitar,Keyboards
Bruce Dukov   Violin,Concert Master
Sue Ann Carwell   Background Vocals
Jon Secada   Background Vocals
Luis Enrique   Percussion
Elizabeth Wilson   Violin
Ethel Abelson   Violin
Murray Adler   Violin
Martin Agee   Violin
Donna Allen   Background Vocals
Lamar Alsop   Violin
Richard Altenbach   Violin
Rusty Anderson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Violin
Eric Bazilian   Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Alfred Brown   Viola
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Viola
David Campbell   Conductor
Darius Campo   Violin
Randy Cantor   Keyboards
Jorge Casas   Upright Bass
Robert Chausow   Violin
Tony Concepcion   Trumpet,Cornet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Larry Corbett   Cello
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Brian Dembow   Viola
Joel Derouin   Violin
Assa Drori   Violin,Concert Master
Max Ellen   Violin
Jerry Epstein   Viola
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Henry Ferber   Violin
Stefanie Fife   Cello
Erik Friedlander   Cello
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Gerald Tarack   Violin
Harris Goldman   Violin
Endre Granat   Violin
Maurice Grants   Cello
Julie Green   Cello
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Juliet Haffner   Viola
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Rob Hyman   Organ
Regis Iandiorio   Violin
Skyler Jett   Background Vocals
Lisa Johnson   Violin
Karen Karlsrud   Violin
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Janet Lakatos   Viola
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
Ann Leathers   Violin
Brian Leonard   Violin
Lee Levin   Drums
Richard Locker   Cello
Manny López   Guitar
Hugh McDonald   Bass
Karen Milne   Violin
Dennis Molchan   Violin
Dan Neufeld   Viola
Archie Pena   Percussion
Barbara Porter   Violin
Rita Quintero   Background Vocals
Matthew Raimondi   Violin
Claytoven Richardson   Background Vocals
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Bob Sanov   Violin
Sheldon Sanov   Violin
Dan Shea   Keyboards
Rafael Solano   Percussion
Eve Sprecher   Violin
David Stenske   Viola
Marti Sweet   Violin
Dana Teboe   Trombone
Richard Treat   Cello
Miwako Watanabe   Violin
John Wittenberg   Violin
Ming Yeh   Violin
Ken Yerke   Violin
Mihail Zinovyev   Viola
Shari Zippert   Violin
Anthony Posk   Violin
John Scanlon   Viola
Olbin Burgos   Shaker,Brushes
Susan Chatman   Violin
Michael Ferril   Violin
Elizabeth Lim   Violin
Debra Shufelt   Viola
Dale Stuckenbruck   Violin
David Ewart   Violin
Daniel Lopez   Percussion
John Kricker   Trombone
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Bob Peterson   Violin
Ricardo Suarez   Bass
Dan Warner   Acoustic Guitar
Walter Afanasieff   Keyboards
John Dexter   Viola
Paquito Hechavarria   Piano
Robi Rosa   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Tommy Anthony   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Randall Barlow   Trumpet
Roberta Cooper   Cello
George Noriega   Organ,Bass,Keyboards,Sitar,Vocoder,Bazouki,Guitar (Nylon String)
Todd Reynolds   Violin
Caryl Paisner   Cello
Juan Vincente Zambrano   Keyboards
Johana Krejci   Violin
Margaret Magill   Violin
Rudy Stein   Cello
Karen Ritscher   Viola
Meja   Vocals
Lázaro Rodriguez   Guitar
Laura Oatts   Violin
Rachel Purkin   Violin
Gil Romero   Violin
Lynn Grants   Viola
Jennifer Bellusci   Violin
Robert Berg   Viola
Brian Benning   Violin
Eve Butler   Violin
Jennifer Munday   Violin
Conesha Monet   Background Vocals
Gerry Hilera   Violin
David Siegel   Clavinet
John Hayhurst   Viola
Vaje Ayrikian   Cello
Ruth Bruegger   Violin
Virginia Frazier   Violin
Tod French   Cello
Mark Markman   Violin
Vicky Miscolczy   Viola
Horia Moroaica   Violin
Pat Johnson   Violin
Aimee Kreston   Violin
David Heiss   Cello
Henry Gronnier   Violin
Steve Richards   Cello
Michele Richards   Violin
Laura Seaton Finn   Violin
Elliot Rosoff   Violin
Dan Smith   Cello
Edward Salkin   Alto Flute
Thomas Diener   Viola
Diva Goodfriend-Koven   Alto Flute
Mark Shuman   Cello
Edward Kuhn   Violin
Amy Hershberger   Violin
Kwihee Shamban   Violin
Razdan Kuyumjian   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Maryhelen Ewing   Viola
Hernan Mulet   Horn
Gyan   Background Vocals
Julian Barber   Viola
Andrew Stein   Violin
Susan Pray   Viola
Eric Kerley   French Horn
Damian LaGassick   Keyboards
Barry Findair   Viola
Igor Kiskachi   Violin
John Waltz   Cello
Jorge Moranga   Viola
Lilly Ho Chen   Violin
Natalie Cummins   Violin
Rebecca Bunnel   Violin
Tiffany Hu   Violin
Angie Rosa   Background Vocals
Alex Saris   Drums

Technical Credits

William Orbit   Composer,Producer
Desmond Child   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Jon Secada   Composer,Producer
Eric Bazilian   Composer
Jorge Calandrelli   String Arrangements,String Conductor
David Campbell   String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements,String Conductor
Scott Canto   Engineer
Randy Cantor   Arranger,Programming
Rob Chiarelli   Engineer
Joe Chiccarelli   Engineer
Madonna   Composer,Producer
Charles Dye   Engineer
Emilio Estefan   Executive Producer
Dave Frazier   Engineer
Hector Garrido   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Horn Conductor,String Conductor
David Gleeson   Engineer
Juliet Haffner   String Contractor
Don Hahn   String Contractor
Rob Hyman   Composer
Khris Kellow   Bass Programming
Peter McCabe   Engineer
Lester Mendez   Programming
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Dan Shea   Programming
Diane Warren   Composer
John Pace   Engineer
Ian Blake   Composer,Producer
Mark Endert   Engineer
Sebastián Krys   Engineer
KC Porter   Composer,Producer
Freddy Piñero   Engineer
Walter Afanasieff   Producer,drum programming,Rhythm Programming,Additional Production
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Benny Faccone   Engineer
Robi Rosa   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Bass Programming
Randall Barlow   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
George Noriega   Composer,Producer
Juan Vincente Zambrano   Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Pablo Flores   Remixing,Additional Production
Javier Garza   Engineer,Remixing,Additional Production
Luis Gómez Escolar   Composer
Meja   Duet
Angelo Medina   Executive Producer
Jules Gondar   Engineer
Craig Lozowick   Engineer
Nathan Malki   Engineer
Pat McCarthy   Engineer
Deborah Castillero   Composer,Lyricist,English Translations
Greg Bleck   Programming
Damian LaGassick   Programming
Marcelo Anez Fontana   Engineer

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