Eros [Italian Version]

Eros [Italian Version]

by Eros Ramazzotti

Overview

At the height of his popularity, after establishing a fan base for himself across much of Western Europe as well as parts of the Spanish-language world, Italian singer/songwriter Eros Ramazzotti took some time off during the late '90s and released Eros, a greatest-hits compilation comprised primarily of newly recorded material. The 16-track compilation is comprised of five songs that appear in their original versions, nine that have been newly recorded specifically for this compilation, and two new ones. While the decision to re-record the majority of the inclusions is unusual for a greatest-hits album, Eros ends up being a much more interesting album than it would have been otherwise. The nine songs that are re-recorded are the early hits of Ramazzotti, namely "Terra Promesa" (originally released in 1984), "Una Storia Importante" (1985), "Adesso Tu" (1986), "Ma Che Bello Questo Amore" (1987), "Musica È" (1988), "Se Bastasse una Canzone" (1990), "Cose Della Vita" (1993), and a couple others. The five songs that appear in their original versions are more recent hits such as "Un'Altra Te" (1993) and "Più Bella Cosa" (1996). In fact, none of the songs on Eros predates 1993, and only two predate 1996. As a result, Eros sounds as if it were a totally new album -- a brilliantly written one, at that -- rather than a compilation of greatest hits. For instance, there's no trace whatsoever of the sometimes-bombastic synth pop style that characterized Ramazzotti's mid- to late-'80s output. In its place is a more subtle, relatively cutting-edge style of sleek adult contemporary pop
ock that embraces modern-day production technology (note the drum programming in particular), sophisticated string arrangements, and sharper guitar leads. This brings new life to the old material; for instance, the drum programming of "Ma Che Bello Questo Amore" is remarkably contemporary in style, seemingly taking its cues from drum'n'bass. Moreover, there are a couple of guest features worthy of note: classical crossover superstar Andrea Bocelli is featured on a ten-minute version of "Musica È," while American R&B legend Tina Turner duets with Ramazzotti on a dynamite version of "Cose Della Vita" that might be the highlight of the entire album. As for the couple new songs ("Ancora un Minuto di Sole," "Quanto Amore Sei"), neither is especially notable, though neither is particularly bad either and thankfully, they're sequenced late. [An Italian version was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/1998
Label: Sony U.S. Latin
UPC: 0743215254522
catalogNumber: 13627

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eros Ramazzotti   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Alex Brown   Background Vocals
Raffaella Casalini   Background Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Lynn Davis   Background Vocals
Nathan East   Bass
Moreno Ferrara   Background Vocals
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Paolo Gianolio   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Jerry Hey   Trombone
Dan Higgins   Alto Saxophone
Phillip Ingram   Background Vocals
Michael Landau   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tony Levin   Bass
Charles Loper   Trombone
Phil Palmer   Guitar
Antonella Pepe   Background Vocals
John Pierce   Bass
Silvio Pozzoli   Background Vocals
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Rudy Trevisi   Saxophone
Celso Valli   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Synthesizer Bass
Andrea Bocelli   Track Performer
Cary Grant   Trombone
Emanuela Cortesi   Background Vocals
Randy Jackson   Bass
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Jai Winding   Piano
Luca Jurman   Background Vocals
Alex Baroni   Background Vocals
Aida Cooper   Background Vocals
Antonio Galbiati   Background Vocals
Manuela Rasori   Background Vocals
Danny Riggins   Alto Saxophone
Giovanni Dattolo   Background Vocals
Mauro Gabrielli   Background Vocals
Luca Velletri   Background Vocals
Larry Williams   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Eros Ramazzotti   Producer
Mike Tacci   Engineer
Celso Valli   Programming
Luca Bignardi   Producer,Engineer
Alberto Bonardi   Engineer

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