Duo, Vol. 2 [CD/DVD]

Duo, Vol. 2 [CD/DVD]

by Juan GabrielJuan Gabriel

CD(Bonus DVD)

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Having explored just about every possible avenue of Mexican popular music in the course of his long and illustrious career, Juan Gabriel decided to devote 2015 to the duet format. February saw the release of the first volume of Dúo, and December that of its sequel, Dúo, Vol. 2, thus effectively bookending the year with both compilations. The formula is as well-known as it is effective: Gabriel sings some of his greatest hits in the company of A-list Latin stars from a variety of genres and generations. He also takes the opportunity to have a little fun in the process by rehashing the arrangements, either to sound up-to-date or to suit his guest's style. "Yo Te Recuerdo" opens as a traditional Gabriel ballad, but the minute mark Marc Anthony drops by everything takes a sharp turn toward salsa. Hit single "La Frontera" begins as an exuberant banda song in deference to guest Julión Álvarez, but gradually the horns become more and more prominent, female soul backing vocals make an appearance, and toward the end there is a clean break to introduce Colombian sensation J Balvin, who delivers a brief but full-frontal reggaeton cameo, only for the horns to come back with a vengeance -- by its conclusion it is almost a Wilson Pickett track. "Te Recuerdo Dulcemente," with Andrés Calamaro, sounds like a traditional ranchera played by a country rock band with plenty of lap steel, while "No Discutamos," with Paty Cantú, is midtempo Latin pop through and through. There is also a bolero with José Feliciano, a bit of disco-funk with María José, and more Urban Latin-dance with Wisin'. Most of the collaborations with other Latin romantic singers (Franco de Vita, Joan Sebastian, Miguel Poveda, etc.) are predictably less innovative, but it would not be a Juan Gabriel album without its fair share of overblown symphonic ballads. Just like its predecessor, Dúo, Vol. 2 proved extremely successful, which is hardly surprising considering Gabriel's popularity and the large number of guests involved, not to mention the guests' obvious delight in serenading such an icon of Mexican culture. Some editions include a DVD with five videos -- selections with Paty Cantú, Andrés Calamaro, J Balvin & Julión Álvarez, and two more not otherwise present in the CD: "Abrázame Muy Fuerte" with Laura Pausini and "Si Quieres" with Natalia Jiménez. [Dúo, Vol. 2 was also released as a CD/DVD set.]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/11/2015
Label: Fonovisa Inc.
UPC: 0602547676221
catalogNumber: 002431900
Rank: 164231

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Juan Gabriel   Primary Artist
Marc Anthony   Vocals
Alejandro Fernández   Vocals
Gregg Bissonette   Bateria
Matt Bissonette   Bajos
Ramon Flores   Trumpet
John Grab   Trombone
Ellis Hall   Clavinet,Hammond B3
Leyla Hoyle   Coros
Phillip Ingram   Coros
Harry Kim   Trumpet
Eduardo Magallanes   Arreglos
Herman Matthews   Bateria
Reggie McBride   Bajos
Ozzie Melendez   Trombone,Coros
Carlos Murguía   Coros
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Ramon Stagnaro   Guitar
Alexandra Taveras   Coros
Albert Wing   Saxophone
Matt Laug   Bateria
Sergio George   Synthesizer,Piano,Arreglos
Paul Livingston   Arreglos
Angel Lopez   Violin
Luisito Quintero   Percussion
Gustavo Farias   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Arreglos,Soloist
Javier Alfaro   Violin
César Benítez   Arreglos
William Duval   Coros
José Tabares   Bajos
Javier Carrillo   Violin
Rodrigo Cárdenas   Bajo Licencia
Alex Arellano   Accordion
Rene Camacho   Bajo Licencia,Bajos
Javier Gonzales   Trumpet
Juan Manuel Biurquis   Violin
Hugo Colula   Violin
Mateo Rosas   Violin
Ricky Z   Guitar,Guitarra Concheros
David Rivera   Guitar
Brad Pemberton   Percussion,Bateria
Maxine Waters   Coros
Neelamjit Dhillon   Tabla,Bansuri
Esteban Sanchez   Tuba
Ignacio Parra   Violin
Julio Reyes   Vocals
Derek Frank   Bajos
Diego Farias   Arreglos
Roget Chahayed   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Carlos Montesinos   Vihuela
Armando Márquez   Violin
Nathan Gehri   Bajos
Dan Fernandez   Guitar
Guillermo Hernández Galicia   Guitar
Mikeldi Murguia   Arreglos
Alma Cielo   Sarungi
Joenoel Lebron   Trumpet
Ellis Hall Choir   Coros
Miguel Viurquiz   Trumpet
Slovak State Orchestra   Cuerda

Technical Credits

Gustavo Farias   Programming,Producer
Raul Ferrando   Programming
Dan Moore   Engineering
Diego Farias   Programming,Producer
Erwin Rios   Engineering
Guillermo Hernández Galicia   Engineer,Direction,Mariachi Arrangement
Mikeldi Murguia   Programming

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