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Los Bandoleros: The Gold Series

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Don Omar kicks off his new imprint, All Star Records, with LOS BANDOLEROS, a collection that gathers together practically every major name in the world of reggaeton, with Omar joined by Nicky Jam, Tego Calderon, and Wiso G, among others. The album's title is taken from Omar's appreciation for old-time Westerns and conjures the image of striking figures with the power to command any frontier town. The image is fitting for both the swaggering spirit of reggaeton and the performers themselves, all of whom have the ability to captivate their audience.

LOS BANDOLEROS opens with an introduction in the Norteno fashion, as a voice, seemingly through a cloud of smoke, weaves a tale before Omar dives into "Donqueo," a hook-laden, fast-paced tune that showcases reggaeton's hip-hop rhymes, Latin flourishes, and reggae rhythms. While Omar produces and is the dominant presence on this disc, many other artists get opportunities to shine; of particular note are Zion & Lennox, on the slow-paced "Me Arrepiento," and Valentino, on "Presion," which ably channels the theme from THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY.

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