Regalo del Alma

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Regalo del Alma
Studio album by Celia Cruz
Released August 5, 2003
Genre Salsa, Pop Latino
Label Sony International
Producer Sergio George
Celia Cruz chronology
Hits Mix
(2002)
Regalo del Alma
(2003)
Carnaval de la Vida
(2003)
Singles from Amar es Combatir
  1. "Rie y Llora"
    Released: 2003
  2. "Ella Tiene Fuego"
    Released: 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Regalo del Alma (English: A Gift from the Soul) is the title of the final studio album recorded by Cuban salsa recording artist Celia Cruz, released posthumously on August 5, 2003, following Cruz's death from brain cancer on July 16, 2003.[2][3][4] The album became her first number-one hit on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and won the Grammy Award for Best Salsa/Merengue Album.[5]

Tracklisting[edit]

This information is adapted from Billboard.com[6]

  1. Ella Tiene Fuego (El General/Sergio George/Jorge Luis Piloto) — 4:07
  2. José Caridad (Alain Pérez/Gradelio Pérez) — 3:58
  3. Ríe y Llora (George/Fernando Osorio)** — 4:10
  4. Ay, Pena, Penita (León Quiroga) — 4:56
  5. Diagnóstico (Marisela Verena) — 4:27
  6. La Niña de la Trenza Negra (Perez/Perez) — 4:09
  7. Me Huele a Rumba (Banggy/Cherito) — 4:02
  8. No Estés Amargao (Rafael Rey) — 4:09
  9. Pa' la Cola (Manny Benito/George) — 4:03
  10. María la Loca (Yavis Mindez/Javier Suárez/Luca Germini) — 4:01
  11. Yo Viviré (Dino Fekaris/Freddie Perren) — 4:30

** Rie y Llora - The Remixes[7] Never commercially released Sony 2003 promo Latin house dance remixes featuring Obas-Que Viva La Reina Mix (Extended & Dub), D'Motion Brothers Azuca' Forever Remix-Extended Remix, DJ Fluid Extended Mix and Original Album Version

Personnel[edit]

This information is adapted from Allmusic.[8]

Production

  • Sergio George — Piano, arranger, keyboards, producer, bass, drum programming
  • Angel Carrasco — Executive producer
  • Bob Brockman — Mixing
  • Mike Fuller — Mastering
  • Jake R. Tanner — Engineer
  • Luca Germini — Engineer
  • Jon Fausty — Engineer, mixing
  • Jorge Gómez — Sound technician, mixing
  • Oscar Gómez — Adaptation, digital producer, vocals, realization, mixing
  • Ivan "Melón" González — Piano
  • Carlos Laurenz — Engineer, sound technician, mixing
  • José López — Sound technician
  • Olga Santos — Sound technician
  • Susana Ensin Tarriño — Production coordination
  • Maite Palencia — Production coordination
  • Adolfo Pérez Butrón — Photography
  • Mario Houben — Graphic design
  • Rudy Sanchez — Hair

Musicians

  • Yrvis Méndez — acoustic guitar, arranger, electric guitar, keyboards, programming, bass, vocals
  • Jose "Majito" Aguilera — percussion, bongos, timbales, bata, cajón, tumbadora, vocals
  • Alain Pérez — Arranger, keyboards, tres, bass, vocals
  • Bernd Schoenhart — Acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Juan Cerro — Spanish guitar
  • Juan Munguía — Trumpet
  • Marc Quiñones — percussion
  • Luis Quintero — Percussion
  • Cherito — Vocals
  • Celía Cruz — Vocals
  • William Duvall — Vocals
  • Rubén Rodríguez — Vocals
  • Julio Barreto — Vocals
  • Axé Bahia — Guest appearance
  • Bandolero — Rap

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2003)[9] Peak
position
US Billboard 200 40
US Billboard Latin Albums 1
US Billboard Tropical Albums 1

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[10] 2× Platinum (Latin) 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Ellen Pearlman (April 1, 2008). "Azucar! Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz at the New World Theater". The Brooklyn Rail. 
  3. ^ Townsend Rosa; Vicent, Manuel (July 18, 2003). "La muerte de Celia Cruz consterna al exilio cubano y a los artistas de la isla". Ediciones El País, S.L. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "¡Azúcar en el cielo!". El Diario de Hoy. July 17, 2003. 
  5. ^ The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (2003-07-15). "Regalo del Alma". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  6. ^ "Regalo del Alma". Billboard.com. Billboard.com. 2003-08-05. Retrieved 2008-09-20. [dead link]
  7. ^ Celia Cruz - Rie y Llora (The Remixes) Sony PROMO-1 on YouTube
  8. ^ "Regalo del Alma". Allmusic. Allmusic.com. 2003-08-05. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  9. ^ Billboard (2003-08-16). "Regalo del Alma - Chart Performance (2003)". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Cruz – Regalo de Alma". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click Type, then select Latin, then click SEARCH