Ana Gabriel

En la Plaza de Toros Mexico

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Unlike most Mexican pop stars whose fans holler and throw underwear at them in a live setting, Ana Gabriel has a devoted concert audience who actually sit down and listen. The presence of respectful fans is one of the main reasons why going to see Gabriel live is such an enjoyable experience. The crowd listens in silence, entranced by the singer's raspy voice, and her combination of self-penned ranchera and pop material. Fittingly, this two-disc set recorded live at Mexico's Plaza de Toros is a wonderful introduction to the diva's artistry.

A thoughtful performer, Gabriel has taken the opportunity of a mammoth concert recording to sum up her career, her successes, and her influences. The program includes two songs by prodigious singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel, who has been covered by Ana numerous times. The textures of "Hasta Que te Conoci" have been changed so as to better showcase Ana's distinctive voice. The singer also pays tribute to the quintessential ranchera composer, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, with a rousing version of his classic "Me Equivoque Contigo." Thankfully, Gabriel doesn't forget to include her own material. The nine-minute "Popurri Ranchero" includes four of her traditional compositions all rolled into one spectacular segment.

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