Beny Moré

Encantado de la Vida

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Latin labels have put out quite a few Beny More compilations over the years. Released in 1997 by the Latin Musica Del Sol label, Encantado De Mi Vida focuses mainly on the Cuban band leader's classic son, mambo and boleros of the 1950s. The liner notes are far from ideal; while the CD booklet contains a short essay summarizing More's history, neither recording dates nor personnel are listed. Even if exact recording dates of these 12 songs weren't available, the company could have at least given the years in which they were recorded. But the songs themselves are certainly first rate. No salsero should be deprived of the exhilarating joys of such classics as "Mi Chiquita," "Cinturita," "Locas Por El Mambo" or "A Media Noche." Though much of Encantado is upbeat and danceable, More's magnificent way with dramatic boleros (Latin ballads) is illustrated by "Corazon Rebelde," "Oh Vida" and "Te Quedaras." Make no mistake -- everything on this disc is a gem.

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