Paquito Guzmán

Las Mejores Baladas en Salsa

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This album represents a newer direction for Paquito Guzmán: highly popular ballads made into slow-tempo salsa. This may seem an objectionable era for die-hard traditional salsa followers, but that was exactly what the public wanted, and salsa experienced a commercial reawakening that hadn't been seen since the early '80s. Arrangers Cuto Soto and Tommy Villariny made themselves into well-known names during this era, as well as TH record producer Julio César Delgado. Paquito Guzmán's experience in the ballad scene seems to turn a new leaf, as his vocal work can testify. This commercial effort was another of the late-'80s successful attempts to attain newer horizons for salsa. Highlights include "25 Rosas," "Esa Mujer" (not to be confused with Manuel Alejandro's number of the same title), and "Ser Amantes."

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