Los Dúo

Los Dúo

by Juan Gabriel

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Overview

Many industry and social media rumors surrounded the recording sessions for Juan Gabriel's Los Dúo album, a collection of his hits reimagined with an all-star cast of international vocalists. (One of which was that during a recent illness, he had actually died.) This set had been in the works for more than a year while he personally and meticulously lined up selected collaborators. Regardless of who either didn't make the cut or signed on, in the end it doesn't matter. Gabriel's trademark standards are uncompromised on the final product. This 16-track set is chock-full of inspired performances by a wide variety of international artists. The album's first single is a redo of Gabriel's immortal 1984 hit "Querida," sung with Juanes. Great care was taken to capture the original sonic vibe while the Colombian rock star added his own character to the song, remaining reverent while updating it for a new generation. Another highlight is the lovely ballad "Se Me Olvidó Otra Vez," with Marco Antonio Solís. This version is laden with mariachi guitars, strings, and congas. Spain's Natalia Jiménez lends her dynamic alto to "Si Quieres," and the song just drips with sensuality and romanticism. "Abrázame Muy Fuerte," with its shimmering synths, grand piano, and strings, features Gabriel with Italian singer, songwriter, and producer Laura Pausini. It's a fantastic match that juxtaposes the "Divo of Juarez" with the "Diva of Romagna." "La Diferencia," with Vicente Fernández, is as rootsy as its gets, even if the arrangement is grander than basic mariachi. More uptempo is "Caray," with Alejandra Guzmán, which weds mariachi to rock en español. The soft rock cumbia in "Pero Que Necesidad," with Emmanuel, is another golden moment here. "Te Lo Pido por Favor," featuring Luis Fonsi, is steamy like the original, but the contrasting delivery styles in the pair's voices add a depth and perspective. Last but not least is the bumpy dancefloor pop of "Vienes o Voy," as Gabriel is assisted by Fifth Harmony. Los Dúo may be a collection of hits, but given the great singer's choice of collaborators, the painstaking charts, and the canny production, the once familiar becomes new again.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2015
Label: Fonovisa Inc.
UPC: 0602547092991
catalogNumber: 002229002
Rank: 14466

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Juan Gabriel   Primary Artist,Arreglos
Gregg Bissonette   Bateria
Matt Bissonette   Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta   Bateria
Luis Conte   Percussion
John Grab   Metales
Leyla Hoyle   Coros
Phillip Ingram   Coros
Harry Kim   Metales
Eduardo Magallanes   Arreglos
Don Markese   Metales
Herman Matthews   Bateria
Carlos Murguía   Coros,Hammond B3
John Pena   Bass
David Rideau   Mezcla
Ramon Stagnaro   Electric Guitar
David Stout   Metales
Arturo Velasco   Metales
Oren Waters   Coros
Albert Wing   Metales
Julia Waters   Coros
Benny Faccone   Mezcla
Paul Talkington   Contratista
Guillermo Hernandez   Guitar,Vihuela,Help
Gustavo Farias   Guitar,Piano,Accordion,fender rhodes,Arreglos,Mezcla
Martin Luna   Coro
Gisa Vatcky   Coros
Dennis Clark   Coros
Jose Antonio Farias   Piano,Arreglos
Guadalupe Alfaro   Vihuela
Johannes Vogel   Dirigida
Ricky Z   Guitar
Roger Ramirez   Coro
Maxine Waters   Coros
Eduardo Rios   Coro
Charly Sanchez   Coros
Erick Mora   Guitar
Daniel Fornero   Metales
Derek Frank   Bass
Brandon Paddock   Mezcla
Ana Cornejo   Coro
Diego Farias   Mezcla
Dan Moore   Mezcla
Iliana Jiménez   Coro
Natalie Cadet   Soprano
Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional De Eslovaquia   Cuerda
Kristie Murden   Coros
Jean Smitt   Mezcla
Federico Luna   Harmonica
Carlos Rodgerman   Arreglos
Angel Céspedes   Guitar (Nylon String)
Teresita Dinorah Cornejo   Coro
Renata Estrada   Coros
Paolo Vanessa Gonzáles   Coro

Technical Credits

Emmanuel   Duet
Vicente Fernández   Duet
José María Napoleón   Duet
Isabel Pantoja   Duet
Alejandra Guzmán   Duet
Carlos Murguía   Vocal Producer
Laura Pausini   Duet
Marco Antonio Solís   Duet
Benny Faccone   Vocal Engineer
Guillermo Hernandez   Vocal Producer
Carlos Castro   Engineer
Gustavo Farias   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Cory Cubillos   Art Direction
Peter Fuchs   Engineer
Luis Fonsi   Duet
Alberto Aguilera Valadez   Composer
Juanes   Duet
David Bisbal   Duet
Natalia Lafourcade   Duet
Natalia Jiménez   Duet
Antonio Orozco   Duet
Raul Ferrando   Programming
Martin Roller   Pro-Tools
Jesse Huerta   Vocal Producer
Espinoza Paz   Duet
Marian Turner   Orchestral Coordinator
Brandon Paddock   Programming
Diego Farias   Programming
Dan Moore   Engineer
Fifth Harmony   Duet
Joy   Duet
Erwin Rios   Engineer
DJ Okaay   Programming
Diego Espana   Video Producer
Andres Porras   Video Producer
Venturo Jiménez   Production Control
Rubén Cubillos   Art Direction
Renata Estrada   Assistant Production Coordination

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Los Dúo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
love this CD, sing along as I am driving the fwy to work, relaxes me and I am a huge fan