Roberto Roena

En Vivo Desde Bellas Artes

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This superb live recording of Roberto Roena y Su Apollo Sound celebrates the silver anniversary of the band's founding; virtually all the major vocalists who participated in the orchestra (Piro Mantilla, Dino Guy Casiano, Tito Cruz, Sammy González, and Papo Sánchez) are on hand, as well as co-founder/arranger/musical director Elías Lopés, longtime associates Mario Alvarez Cora and ex-member/producer/trombone player Julio Gunda Merced, and special guest Papo Lucca. All the great tunes are here, plus a few surprises ("Every Breath You Take" and a bit of the showstopper "Coro Miyaré"). The only caveat: sloppy editing hurts the recording a bit. Recorded at Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in June 1994.

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