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Historia de un Idolo, Vol. 1

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Vicente Fernandez 11/21/2000

Review

Vicente Fernández possesses a voice of operatic quality and size, and his singing has earned him the title "King of Ranchera," the Mexican rural musical style that's a part of the mariachi form. He might wear the sombrero and glittery, showy Mexican cowboy uniform to display his roots (he was actually born in Jalisco, the home of mariachi music), but don't be fooled -- he's a persuasive, sophisticated singer with immense control over his pipes. A true icon in Mexico, he's sold millions of records, and it's easy to hear why, when, for example, he unleashes a gentle cry on "Aca Entre Nos" or a wail on "Hoy Platique Con Mi Gallo." For the most part this isn't true roots music -- there's too big an orchestration of the majority of tunes for that -- but the inflection in the arrangements is always ineffably Mexican, both in rhythm and melody. The closest to "pure" ranchera is "Lastima Que Seas Ajena," but even that isn't exactly pure. Not that it matters; once he gets singing, you're completely swept up in his voice, and this collection -- the story of an idol -- simply won't let you go until he's finished. ~ Chris Nickson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Lástima Que Seas Ajena Vicente Fernandez 4:14
  3. 2 La Ley del Monte Vicente Fernandez 3:22
  4. 3 Aunque Mal Paguen Ellas Vicente Fernandez 3:24
  5. 4 El Hijo del Pueblo Vicente Fernandez 2:40
  6. 5 Acá Entre Nos Vicente Fernandez 3:12
  7. 6 Ni en Defensa Propia Vicente Fernandez 2:23
  8. 7 Que de Raro Tiene Vicente Fernandez 3:18
  9. 8 Me Voy a Quitar de en Medio Vicente Fernandez 2:44
  10. 9 Hoy Platiqué Con Mi Gallo Vicente Fernandez 3:36
  11. 10 Nos Estorbó La Ropa Vicente Fernandez 3:1
  12. 11 Palabra de Rey Vicente Fernandez 2:26
  13. 12 Las Llaves de Mi Alma Vicente Fernandez 2:53
  14. 13 Por Tu Maldito Amor Vicente Fernandez 3:54
  15. 14 Mi Viejo Vicente Fernandez 3:9
  16. 15 La Diferencia Vicente Fernandez 2:47
  17. 16 Mujeres Divinas Vicente Fernandez 3:9
  18. 17 Hermoso Cariño Vicente Fernandez 2:33

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