Ricky Martin

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The iconic Ricky Martin has no shortage of hits compilations on the market, but few are a real testament to the longevity of his career. Often, the best way to truly evaluate an artist's growth is by looking at her/his work album by album. Included in this box are Martin's first four solo albums for Sony Discos. His 1991 self-titled album contained the hit single "Susana." Me Amarás, from 1993, featured the big beat fusion of salsa and flamenco "María" that inspired a dozen remixes, while 1995's Vuelve brought the electro-tropical stepper "La Bomba" and the steamy ballad "Perdido Sin Tí" to the charts. The last album in this set is 1998's Almas del Silencio. While still riding the singles from Vuelve, this date included the funky flamenco of "Jaleo" (in both Spanish and Spanglish versions), beautiful ballads including the title track, and the nuevo flamenco cum pop of "Razas de Mil Colores." These recordings have aged remarkably well over the past couple of decades and, given the budget price tag, are well worth investigating.

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