Regine Velasquez

Regine: Special Limited Edition [2001]

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In 2001, Philippine independent label Vicor Records released Regine: Special Limited Edition, which contains three songs taken from three albums recorded by popular Philippine female singer Regine Velasquez for the label between 1987 and 1991. This three-song collection also contains versions of the songs without the vocals, which allows people to sing the songs karaoke style. The collection also comes with lyrics for this purpose. It should be noted that karaoke singing is very popular in the Philippines. Regine Velasquez is one of the country's most famous and best-selling artists, and at the time of this collection's release in 2001, she was signed to Philippine independent Viva Records. The album's three songs include the touching "You'll Never Walk Alone," composed by the esteemed duo of Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers; the dramatic and somewhat theatrical "And I'm Telling You (I'm Not Going)" by H. Krieger and T. Eyen; and the Philippine-composed "Buhay Ng Buhay Ko" (Life of My Life). "You'll Never Walk Alone" opens with tender and dramatic piano augmented by strings. Regine Velasquez's voice seems hidden at first, as she delves into the melody slowly and with purpose. Her voice begins to dominate the proceedings, however, and she soars to the heavens on the title words, "You'll never walk alone." Her performance on the theatrical, middle-of-the-road "And I'm Telling You (I'm Not Going)" is masterful, as her voice takes on a gritty, gospel-styled hue and brings the song to a dramatic conclusion. "Buhay Ng Buhay Ko" (Life of My Life) is a pretty, Filipino-styled, middle-of-the-road love song, containing spirited horn fills and a confident performance from Regine Velasquez.

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