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Duetos by Rocio Durcal

Duetos by Rocio Durcal is Rocío Dúrcal’s Greatest Duets

General Background Information

Rocío Dúrcal
A Star Is Born

Tomas and Maria de las Heras Ortiz gave birth to their first of six children, María de los Ángeles (“Marieta”) de Las Heras Ortíz, on October 4, 1944 in Madrid, Spain. Born to working class parents, Marieta had aspirations of a career as an actress since grade school where her aspirations were a secret, but not for long. Marieta’s first audience was her classmates who would always request her to sing for them and school was where her presence as a singer became common knowledge. Tomas and Maria weren’t overly excited about their daughter’s aspirations in entertainment for their fear that she would fail and not have a career to fall back on, and at the request of her parents, Marieta began a hairdresser apprenticeship in her neighborhood.

Aside from her presence in school as a singer, Marieta actually began her career in entertainment by entering competitions and participating in festivals. At almost 15 years of age, she participated in a television show called Primer Applauso where she sang La Sombra Vendo and was discovered by Luis Sanz, a movie producer/talent scout.

As Luis Sanz had plans of stardom for Marieta, her birth name was just not going to take her there, and hence, “Rocío Dúrcal” was born. Although there is some debate as to how Rocio came about, whether Marieta chose the name Rocío or whether it was Luis Sanz, Dúrcal definitely came about as they both looked to a map of Spain in which she drew at random and pointed to the population of Dúrcal, in the province of Granada, and the star, Rocío Dúrcal, was born.

Rocío Dúrcal’s first movie was Canción de Juventud (Song of Youth) in 1961, the first of many musical comedies. During the sixties, there were many other young singer-actors in Spanish films as it was the “rage.” Other films included Rocío de La Mancha, La Chica del Trébol, Tengo 17 Años, Más Bonita que Ninguna, Acompáñame, Amor en el Aire, Cristina Guzmán, Las Leandras and La Novicia Rebelde.

Rocío retired from movies in 1975 but returned to the entertainment industry in 1977 when she recorded the her first record of material written by Juan Gabriel, a Mexican singer-composer. Backed by the Mexican band, Mariachi América, her first album resulted in many hits and awards, on an international stage, where she would continue with a whirlwhind of hits throughout the seventies, eighties, nineties and the turn of the century and millenium.

Rocío Dúrcal career came to a halt in 2001 when she was diagnosed with cancer and thereafter died on March 25, 2006 in Torrelodones, Madrid, Spain, of a uterine cancer that had metasticized.

Duetos by Rocío Dúrcal
The Product

Duetos by Rocío Dúrcal is a compilation of duets with other famous latin music singers that was released on August 25, 2009, a little over three years after her demise. The tracks include her greatest hits that are not just very well known within the Spanish speaking world, they could be considered second nature. Some of the most famous of these hits are Amor EternoSombras Nada MasComo Han Pasado Los Anos, La Gata Bajo La Lluvia, Costumbres, Si Nos Dejan…. In actuality, when reviewing the titles, all of the tracks are great hits and so it is not correct listing only a few. All of the songs on this album are great hits and make this album worth every cent.

The tracks on this album/CD are:

1. Sombras Nada Mas (A Duo Con Javier Solis)
2. Infiel (A Duo Con Kany Garcia)
3. No Sirvo Para Estar Sin Ti (A Duo Con Maria Jose)
4. Como Han Pasado Los Años (A Duo Con Reily)
5. La Gata Bajo La Lluvia (A Duo Con Edith Marquez)
6. Y Nos Dieron Las Diez -Joaquin Sabina /Rocío Dúrcal
7. Costumbres (A Duo Con Pandora)
8. De Que Manera Te Olvido (A Duo Con Victor Garcia)
9. Si Nos Dejan (A Duo Con Franco De Vita)
10. La Hora Del Adios (Rocío Durcal Cantando Con Dyango)
11. Si Piensas…Si Quieres (con la participación de Rocío Dúrcal)
12. Jamas Te Dejare (Duo con Junior)
13. Dejame Vivir -Rocío Dúrcal & Juan Gabriel
14. Cucurrucucu Paloma (A Duo Con Guadalupe Pineda)
15. Amor Eterno Rocío Dúrcal A Dueto Con Shaila Durcal

Rocío Dúrcal’s music is well known for her powerful voice and traditional ranchera ballad style music which is very popular in Mexico and Latin America yet uncommon for Spanish singers.  Her musical style was also her trademark which daughter Shaila Durcal  continues her legacy.  Aside from her trademark musical style and voice, Rocio’s songs typically are about life’s pains and hold such deep sentimental value that they have kept and will keep her legendary in the minds and hearts of Spanish speaking people everywhere and the world music community.

Duetos by Rocío Dúrcal
My Personal Thoughts Regarding The Product

I am a great fan of Rocío Dúrcal (and now Shaila Durcal), and purchased Duetos at Target for $9.99 which was released on August 25, 2009, as it truly contains the greatest hits and duets of Rocio and many famous latin music singers: Franco de Vita, Juan Gabriel and Pandora; which combinations have made these songs unforgettable, although Rocío Dúrcal and her musical capabilities can stand on their own. This album of greatest hits is definitely a must-have for anyone who loves music in the latin genre. In one album, it contains such well known songs that form the base of any good latin music collection.  It is also music that is heard every holiday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, funeral, birthday party and wedding and symbolic of those sentiments felt by anyone who is torn between two worlds.  In fewer words, it is meaningful music for all occasions. I wouldn’t be surprised if years down the road this album becomes a collector’s item.

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Rebelution [PA] * by Pitbull

Rebelution [PA] * by PitbullCuban-American Armando Christian Perez was born on January 15, 1981 in Miami, Florida to immigrant parents who later separated where he was mainly raised by his mother and thereafter a foster family in Roswell, Georgia. Armando began to rap in high school and was later kicked out of his house at the age of 16 years after he began to peddle drugs. He quickly understood that the criminal lifestyle was not meant for him and he went back to school and graduated from Miami Coral Park High School.

Armando has stated that his sources of musical inspiration are from Celia Cruz and Willie Chirino, although he was most influenced in his rapping style in high school by Nas, The Notorious B.I.G. and Big Pun. His stage name Pitbull came about because “the dog ‘bite[s] to lock. The dog is too stupid to lose. And they’re outlawed in Dade County. They’re basically everything that I am. It’s been a constant fight.'” (Wikipedia, 2010.)

Rebelution [PA] * by Pitbull is the fourth release since debut in 2004 of M.I.A.M.I. Money is a Major Issue which showcased first hit “Culo.” The Rebelution [PA] CD released on August 31, 2009 on the J Records label and includes the following tracks:

1. Triumph – (featuring Lasim Richards/Omar Tavarez/Emiliano Torres/Dorksmoronsgeeks/Avery Storm)
2. Shut It Down – (featuring DJ Snake/Akon/Clinton Sparks)
3. I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)
4. Girls – (featuring Dr. Luke/A.M.M.O.)
5. Full of S**t – (featuring Bass Ill Euro/Nayer)
6. Dope Ball (Interlude) – (featuring Omar Tavarez)
7. Can’t Stop Me Now – (featuring The New Royales/Daniel Tanenbaum/Khalil)
8. Hotel Room Service
9. Juice Box
10. Call of the Wild – (featuring Jim Jonsin)
11. Krazy – (featuring Lil Jon)
12. Give Them What They Ask For
13. Across the World – (featuring B.o.B/Jim Jonsin)
14. Daddy’s Little Girl – (featuring Slim)

This album is best known for hits Shut it Down, I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) and Hotel Room Service. All songs on this album blend hip hop, rap and latin fusion sounds and are high energy with the exception of Give Them What They Ask For which carries a slower beat than the rest of the tracks on the album. It should also be noted that the lyrics to most Pitbull songs are adult oriented and is not recommended for young adults under age 17. As such, national retail discount chain Best Buy assigned the content of the CD as Parental Advisory.

Listed at $13.96, Amazon now sells the CD at $11.55 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25.

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Latest Generation Kindle from Amazon.com

CNET reports with regard to the latest generation Kindle:

Slimmer, more compact design than previous Kindle; improved screen with higher contrast and faster page turns; native PDF support; large library of hundreds of thousands of e-books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs via Amazon’s familiar online store; built-in free 3G wireless "Whispernet" data network, plus Wi-Fi; built-in keyboard for notes; with 4GB (3.3 usable) of internal memory, it’s capable of storing 3,500 electronic books; eight fonts available, including two new extra-large sizes; excellent battery life; displays image files, and plays MP3 and AAC audio.

altAccordingly, the report goes on to further state about this e-book reader that “[t]he third-generation Kindle’s winning combination of noteworthy upgrades–an improved screen, better battery life, lighter weight, and lower price–vaults it to the top of the e-book reader category.”

With the holidays nearing, the latest generation Kindle appears to be an excellent gift: top of the line technology, priced comfortably and online shopping ease, what more could one ask for?

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