In 2001, three Philippine artists -- Lani Misalucha, Zsa Zsa Padilla, and Freestyle -- released a combined concert performance album called Love Concert: The Album, Vol. 1. As the title implies, all songs emphasize the passion of love. Yet nearly all Philippine albums are about love, so this isn't anything unusual. Both Misalucha and Padilla are popular solo artists, while Freestyle is a popular band with a soulful, urban sound. Concert albums are relatively rare in the Philippines, but Viva Records released several in late 2000 and early 2001. As with many concert albums, Love Concert is dominated by remakes of foreign songs, mostly American. This is in keeping with Philippine tastes, as most local artists sing foreign tunes in concerts and nightspots. Love Concert contains several medleys of foreign tunes, including a Whitney Houston medley featuring "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "One Moment in Time," "I Will Always Love You," and two others, all performed by Misalucha. All three artists sing the remakes of "My Love" and "Best of My Love." The songs are mostly ballads (love songs), a popular style of music in the Philippines. The performances are enthusiastic and nicely done, and the audience appears to be having a good time. Misalucha and Padilla take turns belting it out on several songs, as does the female vocalist of Freestyle. However, the lack of Philippine songs in a Philippine concert raises concerns, especially since it happens all the time.
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AllMusic Review by David Gonzales