Ric Segreto

Kahit Konting Pagtingin: Special Collector's Edition

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In 1994, Philippine independent record company Vicor Music Corporation released Kahit Konting Pagtingin -- Special Collector's Edition (Even a Little Amount of Love), a compilation of songs recorded by Philippine male singer Ric Segreto for the label in the early '80s. The album is dominated by middle-of-the-road tunes, which sound more modern than the usual easy listening love song. Still, there are also some straightforward easy listening love songs, including the mellow "Kahit Konting Pagtingin" (Even a Little Amount of Love), a big hit for Ric Segreto in 1982. "Kahit Konting Pagtingin" is slow and passionate and contains sensuous Spanish-tinged horn lines and is sung with feeling by Ric Segreto. "Give Me a Chance" is a spirited middle-of-the-road tune, containing fanciful horn punctuations and a pretty flute line. Unfortunately, Segreto's voice isn't very strong -- in fact, it's often weak -- and he is nearly off-key at times, and at other times he is totally off-key. His range is narrow and he has difficulty singing all the songs properly. On "Don't Know What to Say (Don't Know What to Do)," for example, he has trouble navigating the song's sinuous lines. On "Even Just Once More," he sings in a low range that seems comfortable for him, but then it's difficult to hear his voice. His voice sounds stronger on "Give Me a Chance" and "Since You Said Goodbye." He handles the lithe "Labis Din Kaya" (Is It Too Much) in a positive manner, but his voice breaks a bit. Both "Loving You" and "Angela" contain spirited saxophone solos.

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