Saturday, February 02, 2013

Preview: 1 - Greatest Hits - Julio Iglesias

Artist: Julio Iglesias
Title: 1 - Greatest Hits
Release Date: April 9, 2013
Label: Columbia/Legacy
Format(s): 2-CDs, 2-CDs/DVD

Already a major album in many other countries in the world, the Julio Iglesias compilation 1 - Greatest Hits will finally get a U.S. release on April 9 via Columbia/Legacy.

While a major star in the Latin world, Iglesias had his biggest impact in the U.S. during the 80's when he had two top 20 hits, All of You with Diana Ross (1984/#19 Pop) and To All the Girls I've Loved Before (1984/#5 Pop). World wide, he is in the top ten recording artists of all-time with estimated sales of 300 million units.

This hits collection features 37 newly recorded tracks highlighting many of the high points of Julio's career while a deluxe version adds a DVD of Starry Night: Live From the Greek Theatre with a concert that he performed in 1990.

Iglesias, who worked on this project for three years, said "This album is mainly dedicated to all the anonymous people who have been following me for 45 years, with generosity and affection, and who have allowed me to keep singing up until today. They'll always be the great driving force of my career."

Julio released his first LP entirely sung in English in 1984, 1100 Bel Air Place, which featured his breakthrough duet with Willie Nelson , To All The Girls I've Loved Before, a Top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 that year and re-recorded by Julio in 2006. In addition to To All The Girls I've Loved Before, two other songs were also re-recorded in 2006 and are included on 1 - Greatest Hits,  All Of You, a duet with Diana Ross , and My Love, a duet with Stevie Wonder.

Julio's next entirely English album arrived in 1990, Starry Night, produced by Albert Hammond and named for the Don McLean-penned title song, Vincent (Starry Starry Night)1 - Greatest Hits also includes 99 Miles From L.A. (by Hal David / Albert Hammond ) in its original version from Starry Night.

When I Need You, the Carole Bayer Sager/ Albert Hammond standard from Starry Night, leads off the roster of five songs that were re-recorded in 2011. The others comprise two Willie Nelson compositions, namely Always On My Mind and Patsy Cline 's Crazy (from Julio's 1994 album of the same title); as well as Crazy In Love and a duet with Sting (also from Crazy) on one of his earliest ballads, Fragile.

Duets with America's top pop artists have been a focal point of Julio's attention for decades now, and CD One includes no less than nine standout duets. In addition to the four already mentioned, there are duets with Frank Sinatra (Summer Wind, courtesy of Sinatra's first Duets album in 1993); with Dolly Parton (When You Tell Me That You Love Me) and Art Garfunkel (Let It Be Me), both from Crazy; and Stephanie Spruill (Casablanca's eternal As Time Goes By).

On CD Two, with the exception of one song (La Cumparsita, re-recorded in 2006), all of the selections were re-recorded by Julio in 2011. These go back to some of his earliest successes, for example, Un canto a Galicia from 1972, which was a #1 hit in Latin America and across Europe; Hey (title tune of his 1980 worldwide #1 album, which netted Julio his first Grammy Award nomination in the Latin Pop Album category); 1981's De nina a mujer (from the album of the same title), and so on.\

Track List:

Disc 1
  • Begin The Beguine (Volver A Empezar)
  • Crazy
  • When I Need You
  • Vincent (Starry Starry Night)
  • 99 Miles From L.A.
  • And I Love Her
  • Always On My Mind
  • Crazy In Love
  • Fragile (with Sting
  • To All The Girls I've Loved Before (with Willie Nelson)
  • All Of You (with Diana Ross)
  • My Love (with Stevie Wonder)
  • When You Tell Me That You Love Me (with Dolly Parton)
  • Summer Wind (with Frank Sinatra)
  • Let It Be Me (with Art Garfunkel)
  • As Time Goes By (with Stephanie Spruill)
  • Se Ora Avessi Un Po' Di Te (Uno)
  • Dizem Que Os Homens Nao Devem Chorar
  • La Vie Defile En Silence (Como Han Pasado Los Anos)
Disc 2
  • Hey
  • Por El Amor De Una Mujer
  • Me Va, Me Va
  • Un Canto A Galicia
  • El Dia Que Me Quieras
  • Me Olvide De Vivir
  • Corazon Partió
  • De Niña A Mujer
  • Amor, Amor, Amor
  • Derroche
  • La Cumparsita
  • Nathalie
  • Caballo Viejo/Bamboleo
  • El Amor
  • Caruso
  • Devaneios (O Me Quieres O Me Dejas)
  • Quelque Chose De France

DVD - Starry Night: Live From the Greek Theatre (Only included in Deluxe Edition)
  • Volver A Empezar (Begin The Beguine)
  • Amor, Amor, Amor
  • To All The Girls I've Loved Before
  • Too Many Women
  • La Polama
  • Brazilian Medley: The Girl From Ipanema/Desafinado
  • If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas)
  • 99 Miles From L.A.
  • When I Need You
  • Bamboleo
  • Moonlight Lady
  • Pensami (Júrame)
  • Hey
  • Mona Lisa
  • Ae, Ao
  • Can't Help Falling In Love

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