Various Artists

Fantasia Latina

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Fantasia Latina features a number of popular Latin pop songs current at the time of this collection's release in 2001. The catch, though, is that these aren't the popular versions of the songs as recorded by the original artists. Instead, this collection offers cover versions. So, instead of Santana's "Maria Maria," you get Samuel Barabas' version. And instead of the Gipsy Kings' "Baila Me," you get Gitanos' version. It's a little disappointing to not hear the version you're most familiar with, but it's also a little refreshing and surely interesting. It's always curious to see how the songs get interpreted, even though there are few radical revisions.

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