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Grandes Baladas de los 60's: Colección RCA 100 Años de Musica

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Another in RCA's welcome line of Latin centenary-celebration reissues, Grandes Baladas de los 60's includes 40 of the smoothest, most dramatic ballads from a decade when the Mexican legends of the '40s and '50s met a new crop of popular ballad singers like José José ("Cuidado") and Roberto Jordán ("Amor de Estudiante"). Listeners can be assured that these are the original versions (no re-records), ranging from clever crossover pop nuggets (like "Sospecha" by Ricardo Roca or "Felicidad" by Estela Núñez) to string-laden MOR ("El Despertar" by Marco Antonio Muñiz or "Somos Novios" by Armando Manzanero). Admittedly, the selections usually aren't among the best for each artist, but this two-disc set presents the soundtrack of an era for fans of Latin pop.

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