Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin Live: Black and White Tour

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Ricky Martin released his first live disc in 2006 with MTV Unplugged. The album showed Martin to be a polished live performer capable of leading his tight band through powerfully energetic performances that outpaced his studio recordings. He must have known he was onto a good thing, because he released another live set in 2007. Black and White Tour doesn't have the same stripped-down quality of the MTV date, but it is still powered by an immediacy and a forcefulness that are very impressive. Again, Martin's band is top-notch, and there's no shortage of sparks flying on both the straightforward Latin grooves and the more streamlined dance-pop. "Vuelve" and "Tu Recuerdo" are here, as is, of course, "Livin' la Vida Loca."

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