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Viva el Principe (Long Live the Prince) is the thirteenth studio album by Mexican pop singer Cristian Castro by Universal Music Latino. The album is a tribute to José José whom Castro considers his musical idol. The album consists of ten tracks in addition to a poem recited by José José. Rafael Botija-Perez, who wrote songs and produced albums for José José in the past, will be the producer for the album. "La Nave del Olvido" was the first single to be released from the album.
"Cristian Castro presents his new album "Viva el Principe. The album is a tribute to "El Principe de la Cancion- Jose Jose". Viva El Principe is not a Tribute like others done in the past. This album is fully approved by Jose Jose and it was produced by Rafael Perez Botija the composer and producer of many of Jose Jose's hits in the 70's and 80's.
Viva el Principe respects the original arrangements with a contemporary twist worthy of this era. This album maintains a classic sound that takes us to re-live those years of great romantic hits from one of Mexico's Greatest performers, "El Principe de la Cancion" but in the unique voice of Cristian Castro.
Cristian Castro is a Grammy and Latin Grammy award nominee Mexican pop singer and one of Latin music's best selling artists with 10+ records sold worldwide, he currently holds 65 Gold Records and 31 Platinum Records to date. This CD Consist of 10 Tracks and a Recited poem by the one and only Jose Jose. Deluxe consist of 12 Tracks, a poem recited by the one and only Jose Jose plus 11 videos." - Woodstock
Personnel: Dina Kostic, Scott Flavin, Huifang Chen, Brian Fox, Jaime Mansilla, John DiPuccio, Evija Ozolins, Charles Hardt, Antony Seepersad, Adam Diderrich, Monica Cheversan, Marcia Littley, Alfredo Oliva (violin); Scott O'Donnell, Chauncey Patterson, Deena Shapiro, Rebecca Diderrich, Karen Hebermehl (viola); Rafi Torres, Miguel Rivera, Jorge Diaz (trombone); Milton Sesenton, Julio Reyes Copello, Jim Cox, Jorge Calandrelli, Greg Mathieson (piano).
It's not often that tribute albums come with the full endorsement of the tributee, but that's the case with Cristian Castro's Viva el Príncipe, as it comes with the approval of José José. "The Prince of Song" makes two appearances on Castro's tribute, singing on the opening "Lo Pasado Pasado" and reciting the closing "Poema al Cantante." His spirit fills the rest of the album, thanks in part to production from longtime José José associate Rafael Pérez Botija, but Castro is fully responsible for the sense of tradition as he delivers this material with respect. That doesn't keep him from pouring his heart into the songs, and since mimicry isn't an issue in the least, Viva el Príncipe winds up a tribute that will please fans of either artist. ~ David Jeffries
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