Various Artists

Reggaeton All Stars: The Dream Team

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Reggaeton compilations became useful and abundant during the mid-2000s as the style grew in popularity and began spreading beyond the shores of the Caribbean. Reggaeton All Stars, released in 2005 by Universal Music Latino in conjunction with Pina Records, is one of the more useful compilations of its time. The triple-disc set compiles 20 songs by the biggest names in reggaeton without exception: Nicky Jam, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Héctor & Tito, Zion & Lennox, Wisin & Yandel, Tego Calderón, Ivy Queen, Eddie Dee -- they're all on the roster of all-stars at hand. The set also compiles a disc of ten instrumentals and a DVD of ten videos, both of which complement the main disc of music well. This all makes for a nice crash-course sampler in reggaeton, and it's all the nicer with its relatively low sticker price. There are some drawbacks, however. For one, the packaging is cheap, with no booklet listing the details of the songs, making you wonder how many of the included songs are new or old, hits or throwaways, previously released or exclusive to this set, and so on. Also, the disc of instrumentals isn't all that thrilling. Don't imagine yourself giving it repeat spins; a single full listen may even be a chore for those who aren't obsessed with beatmaking. The DVD is worthwhile, especially if you're a recent reggaeton convert, as it showcases the visual element of the style, which can be as rambunctious as the music itself. So while Reggaeton All Stars lives up to its billing, indeed rounding up the biggest names in the game, and offers a lot of media for its sticker price, it's a bit too randomly assembled on the cheap to be a definitive set. Its imperfections aside, though, it does stand out as one of the better reggaeton comps of its time, especially if cost is a concern.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:06
2
2:57
3
2:16
4
2:46
5
4:22
6
0:12
7
3:49
8
3:03
9
2:59
10
1:43
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