Singer/songwriter Freddie Aguilar holds a special place in the history of Philippine music, as his late-'70s hit "Anak" (Child) sold over four million copies in Europe and has been covered over 50 times in approximately 14 languages. His 1997 three-volume album, Freddie Aguilar: Live! Global Tour, according to the album's concept, comprises material taken from live performances in various venues around the world. The credits, however, do not list the cities or countries where the concerts took place, nor are any dates given. The 12 songs that comprise volume two contain less of the electric guitar fireworks that punctuated volume one. The music is more acoustic-based, although penetrating electric guitar still rings at times. The songs are excellent, including the upbeat "Sigarilyo" (Cigarette), a rollicking ditty about a guy who smokes and drinks too much. The electric guitar is heard to good effect on "Tama Na" (It's Enough), a sincere, passionate song that reflects on the need for peace in the Philippines and the rest of the world. The song features a memorable, near-haunting vocal line in the chorus, emphasized by the searing electric guitar line that mimics it. "Minamahal Kita" (I Love You) is a beautiful love song, tender and wonderfully caring. It should be noted that unlike many superficial love songs, Freddie Aguilar's love songs have depth and his lyrics often transcend the typical boy-meets-girl scenario. Freddie Aguilar: Live! Global Tour attains international standards and deserves to be heard by many worldwide.
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