Si El Norte Fuera El Sur

Si El Norte Fuera El Sur

by Ricardo Arjona


Riding high on the success of his last two albums, which spun off numerous hit singles and garnered critical acclaim from all corners, Ricardo Arjona changed direction on his third album, Si el Norte Fuera el Sur, crafting a relatively low-key effort characterized by intimate songs about matters of life, in particular love, culture, and politics. Most of the songs were written over the course of 1995 while Arjona was touring Latin America in support of his second album, Historias (1994). On the back cover of the album, there are notes telling where and when each song was written. With the exception of a couple songs that date back to the late '80s and a few that date back to the early '90s, all were written in 1995, and the first of these to be written was the title track, which was penned in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in April. One of the few rock songs on the album, "Si el Norte Fuera el Sur" takes five minutes to consider the differences between the United States and Latin America and imagines what were to happen if the north were the south. It's a fantastic song -- one of Arjona's career highlights, for sure -- and it sets the tone for the rest of the album lyrically, if not musically. Though Si el Norte Fuera el Sur doesn't boast as many hits as Historias, it's a more cohesive album overall. Most of the songs are performed acoustically with Caribbean touches, and besides a couple rockers (the title track and "Cita en el Bar"), the songs are all fairly even in tone and tempo. The highlights are front loaded, beginning with "Noticiero," a stripped-down song that was written at four in the morning in Los Angeles a couple days before the end of the album's production; the lyrics are evocative, presenting a snapshot of current events in the world at the time. Then comes "Tu Reputación," "Ella y Él," "Se Nos Muere el Amor," and the title track, all of which were released as singles. The latter half of Si el Norte Fuera el Sur is less outstanding but impressive all the same. All in all, it's Arjona's third classic album in a row, each distinct from its predecessor.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/1996
Label: Sony U.S. Latin
UPC: 0037628201120
catalogNumber: 82011

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricardo Arjona   Primary Artist
Billy Preston   Organ
Elizabeth Wilson   Violin
Robbie Buchanan   Piano
Luis Conte   Percussion
George Doering   Acoustic Guitar
Pedro Eustache   Flute
Dennis Farias   Trumpet
Stefanie Fife   Cello
Ramon Flores   Trumpet
Ronald Folsom   Violin
Dan Higgins   Clarinet,Saxophone
Leyla Hoyle   Background Vocals
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
Brian Leonard   Violin
Carlos Murguía   Background Vocals
Kazi Pitelka   Viola
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Otmaro Ruíz   Piano
Bob Sanov   Violin
Ramon Stagnaro   Cubano
David Stout   Trombone
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Francine Walsh   Violin
Jennifer Woodward   Violin
Yi Hu   Violin
Shari Zippert   Violin
Patricia Aiken   Violin
Patricia Hodges   Background Vocals
Daniel Smith   Cello
Francis Benítez   Background Vocals
Gustavo   Background Vocals
Kenny OBrian   Background Vocals
Laura Dvennen   Viola
Roger Labow   Cello
Andrew Picken   Viola
Jesof Powel   Background Vocals
Stephanie Spruitt   Background Vocals
Miguel Angel "Matin" Villagran   Acoustic Guitar
Phyllis Bailey   Background Vocals
Dennis Motchan   Violin
Michael Mathews   Cello
Matthew Funes   Viola

Technical Credits

Ricardo Arjona   Arranger,Director,Producer,Contributor
Assa Drori   Orchestration
Don Hahn   Orchestration
Ramon Stagnaro   Contributor
Benny Faccone   Engineer
Rocio Larrazolo   Art Direction
Rodolfo Vazquez   Engineer
Miguel Angel "Matin" Villagran   Arranger
Victor Patron   Contributor
Rodolpho Vazquez   Engineer

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Si El Norte Fuera El Sur 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Duerme is a beautiful lullaby from a man in love to the woman he loves. El y ella is a great love story. Aun te amo, a letter to his beloved... Tu reputacion debunks the myth of the virginal woman and womanizing man who can get away with anything.
SusanaD More than 1 year ago
I saw him in concert and he's great! He writes powerful lyrics; he has a great voice, and he's not bad to look at. He's a great "story teller" and his lyrics make us think. He has different rhythms and they put me in a good mood.