Juan Gabriel

Lo Esencial de Juan Gabriel

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Lo Esencial de Juan Gabriel is a retrospective box set comprised of three CDs and a DVD that round up over four hours of career highlights spanning several decades. Because Juan Gabriel was associated with BMG for decades, the label is able to compile a relatively thorough retrospective, including recent hits such as "Abrazame Muy Fuerte" (2000) and "Inocente Pobre Amigo" (2001) as well as classics such as "Hasta Que Te Conoci" (1986), and "Debo Hacerlo" (1987). The selections do seem scattershot at times, however, overlooking genuine hits and forgoing chronological sequencing. Still, given the depth of Gabriel's back catalog and the carelessness with which most of his other best-of collections were compiled, Lo Esencial de Juan Gabriel is a welcome addition to the ranchera legend's catalog. The DVD is an especially nice touch, featuring 20 videos that would be hard to come by otherwise.

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