Julio Iglesias was not only the most popular Spanish singing star of the '70s and '80s, but an international sensation as well. Though casual fans may know him best for his smash duet with Willie Nelson, "To All The Girls I've Loved Before," he's had a long and varied career. Besides the romantic pop crooning for which he's most famous, Iglesias has also recorded albums of Brazilian music and tango. In addition to his work with Nelson, Iglesias has collaborated with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Stevie Wonder. Continuing the legacy, his sons Enrique and Julio, Jr. both became Latin pop stars in their own right, making women swoon just the way their father always did.
The master of the love ballad--in at least six languages--has finally put his greatest hits, along with four new tracks, in a solid two-CD bilingual set. His early material from the 1970s is solid stuff that reminds us of Iglesias''s initial allure--his voice, at once mellifluous, melancholy, and warm. His early magic is evident on such heat generators as the plaintive but ultimately uplifting "Hey," the haunting "Abrazame," and the moving "Manuela." He broke the U.S. market wide open in 1984 with the corny but impacting "To All the Girls I''ve Loved Before" with Willie Nelson. That song began a successful series of duets with other pop stars such as Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, and Diana Ross, all included here. Of poignant interest is "Summer Wind," sung with the late Frank Sinatra. --Ramiro Burr
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