MTV Unplugged

MTV Unplugged

by Ricky Martin



At no point does Ricky Martin's MTV Unplugged sound like an intimate acoustic performance. Like most of the acts on MTV Unplugged since Eric Clapton's Unplugged, Martin brings in a full band, complete with electric bass and keyboards, so even if there are no electric guitars, it sounds big, full, and polished, particularly since his band is augmented by strings and horns. It may not be small-scale, the way that Unplugged was in its earliest days, but the concert does have the effect of stripping Martin back to his basics -- which means that he does no English-language pop and avoids all the silly dance-pop that became his stock-in-trade after "Livin' la Vida Loca," while also avoiding the desperate nature of his 2005 studio album Life. What's left is the power of Martin as a live performer, and he's in good form here, delivering energetic performances of the up-tempo songs and avoiding schmaltz in the ballads. It's an album for the faithful -- instead of stretching, Martin is relying on his strengths -- but it will satisfy those who still stand by Ricky Martin after all the ups and downs in his career.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/2006
Label: Sony U.S. Latin
UPC: 0886970090926
catalogNumber: 700909

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricky Martin   Primary Artist
Richard Martinez   Pandereta Seguidor
Ben Stivers   Piano,Wurlitzer
Daniel Lopez   Percussion
Phil McArthur   Double Bass,Bajo Sexto
George Noriega   Guitar
Alfredo Oliva   Violin
Victor Vazquez   Trombone
Richard Bravo   Percussion
Scott Flavin   Violin
Chris Glansdorp   Cello
Hector "Tito" Matos   Pandereta Requinto
Waldo Madera   Bateria
David Cabrera   Acoustic Guitar,spanish guitar,Coros
Ron Dziubla   Saxophone
Christian Nieves   cuatro
Scott ODonnell   Viola
Liza Quin   Coros
Wanda Berrios   Cabelo
Guillermo Cubero   Guiro,Pandereta Seguidor
Carlos David Pérez   Coros
Luis Quino   Trumpet
R.J. Ronquillo   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,spanish guitar
Jose Tillán   Musical Direction
Mari DeChambao   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Gustavo Borner   Engineer
Bob Clearmountain   Engineer
Carlos Pérez   Graphic Design
Jose Luis Vega   Image Design
David Cabrera   Director
Tommy Torres   Producer,Audio Production
Bruno Del Granado   Executive Producer
Charlie Singer   Producer,Executive Producer
Brett Dicus   Engineer
Raphael Alkins   Engineer
Albert Centrella   Audio Production
Erik Noel Rosado   Contributor
Jose Tillán   Art Direction

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