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América & En Vivo

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América & En Vivo
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EP by Luis Miguel
Released 25 September 1992 (1992-09-25)
Recorded 1992
Venue National Auditorium
(Mexico City, Mexico)
Studio Ground Control
(Los Angeles California)
Sound Shop Studios and Woodlands Studios
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Genre
Length 16:57
Language Spanish
Label WEA Latina
Producer
Luis Miguel chronology
Romance
(1991)
América & En Vivo
(1992)
Aries
(1993)
Singles from América & En Vivo
  1. "America, America"
    Released: 1992

América & En Vivo is a live extended play (EP) by Mexican singer Luis Miguel. It was released on 25 September 1992 by WEA Latina. The EP consists of three live versions of "Inolvidable", No Sé Tú", and "Contigo en la Distancia" from his performance at the National Auditorium in Mexico during his Romance Tour in 1992 as well as a new track "America, America", originally performed by Nino Bravo. "America, America" was released as a single and peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. The EP was rated three out of five stars by an editor on AllMusic and received a positive review from Mario Taradell of the Miami Herald, who praised his vocals and the production of the EP. América & En Vivo peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Latin Pop Albums chart and was certified platinum in Argentina by the Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers (CAPIF).

Background and content[edit]

Further information: Romance (Luis Miguel album)

In 1991 Miguel released his eighth studio album, Romance, a collection of classic boleros, the oldest of which originated in the 1940s. The album, which was produced by Armando Manzanero and arranged by Bebu Silvetti,[1] was a success in Latin America and sold over seven million copies worldwide.[2][3] It revived interest in the bolero genre and was the first record by a Spanish-speaking artist to be certified gold in Brazil, Taiwan, and the United States.[3] To promote the record, Miguel began his Romance Tour on 22 March 1992 at a sold out 10,000-seat National Auditorium in Mexico City.[4][5]

América & En Vivo features the live versions of "Inolvidable", "No Sé Tú", and "Contigo en la Distancia" from Miguel's performance at the National Auditorium. The three songs were also promotional singles for Romance.[7] In addition, the EP features a new track "America, America" composed by José Luis Armenteros and Pablo Herrero.[8] The song was originally performed by Spanish singer Nino Bravo on his album ...y volumen 5 (1973).[9] Miguel dedicated the song to the soldiers who participated in the Gulf War.[8]

Reception[edit]

América & En Vivo was released on 25 September 1992.[10] The EP peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Latin Pop Albums chart.[11] It was certified platinum in Argentina by the CAPIF for sales of 60,000 copies.[12] "America, America" was released, peaking at number 20 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.[13] The music video for "America, America" was filmed across several locations in the United States and Puerto Rico.[8] The music video won the award for MTV International at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards and received a nomination for Video of the Year at the 5th Annual Lo Nuestro Awards in the same year.[14][15]

An editor for AllMusic rated the EP three stars out of five.[16] An editor writing for Billboard magazine complimented the EP stating that it "should add another trophy to the already impressive collection amassed by this 22 year-old Mexican crooner".[17] Mario Taradell of the Miami Herald gave the EP a positive review; he compared "America, America" to Neil Diamond's song "America" stating it is "filled with land-of-hope lyrics, heavily orchestrated production and a big, inspirational chorus". On the live tracks, he felt that Miguel is "in fine voice and a playful mood" and noted that "Inolvidable" was "more percussive and danceable than the album version" and commented that "Contigo en la Distancia" and "No Sé Tú" "showcase Miguel's romantic croon".[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "América, América"
  • José Luis Armenteros
  • Pablo Herrero
4:33
2. "Contigo en la Distancia" César Portillo de la Luz 3:31
3. "No Sé Tú" Armando Manzanero 4:09
4. "Inolvidable" Julio Gutiérrez 4:40

Credits and personnel[edit]

The following credits are from AllMusic:[18]

Performance credits[edit]

  • Christina Abaroa – Background vocals
  • Alfredo Algarin – Percussion, background vocals
  • Juan Manuel Arpero – Trumpet
  • Bob Bailey – Background vocals
  • Francis Benítez – Background vocals
  • Eva Ma. Bojalil – Background vocals
  • Ignacio "Kiko" Cibrian – Guitar
  • Maria del Rey – Background vocals
  • Jose Villar Fernandez – Trumpet
  • Kim Fleming – Background vocals
  • Lionel Hampton – Background vocals
  • Leyla Hoyle – Background vocals
  • Rodolfo Machorro – Bass guitar
  • Donna McElroy – Background vocals
  • Luis Miguel – Lead vocals
  • Jeff Nathanson – Saxophone
  • Dan Navarro – Background vocals
  • Arturo Perez – Keyboards
  • Tim Pierce – Electric guitar
  • Isela Sotelo – Background vocals
  • Patricia Tanus – Background vocals
  • Michael Thompson – Electric guitar

Technical credits[edit]

  • Mauricio Abaroa – Producer
  • Felipe Elgueta – Assistant producer
  • Benny Faccone – Engineer, mixing
  • Alfredo Gatica – Coordination
  • Humberto Gatica – Engineer, mixing, producer
  • Claude Gaudette – Arranger, programming
  • Bernie Grundman – Mastering
  • Antonio Jimenez – Assistant
  • Ivan Manjarrez – Photography
  • Joel Robles – Assistant
  • Alejandro Rodriguez – Engineer
  • Robert Tassi – Engineer
  • Humberto Terán – Coordination
  • Salvador Tercero – Engineer
  • Juan Carlos Toribio – Director

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
US Latin Pop Albums (Billboard)[11] 12
Chart (1993) Peak
position
US Top Latin Albums (Billboard)[19] 30

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Romance — Credits". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dimes y Directes". El Siglo de Torreón (in Spanish). Editora de la Laguna. 12 October 1992. p. 51. 
  3. ^ a b Candelaria, Cordelia; Garcia, Peter; Adalma, Arturo (2004). Encyclopedia of Latino popular culture. 2. Westport, United States: Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 551–552. ISBN 9780313322150. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Luis Miguel, todo un espectáculo". Editora de la Laguna. 8 March 1992. p. 53. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Reconocimiento para Luis Miguel". El Siglo de Torreón (in Spanish). Editora de la Laguna. 5 August 1992. p. 52. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Taradell, Mario (30 December 1992). "Frozen North Sends a Surprise: Barenaked Ladies". Miami Herald. The McClatchy Company. (subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ "Romance: 20th Anniversary [Deluxe Edition] [Bonus LP and 3 7" Single]  — Overview". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "Luismi, al frente en popularidad". El Siglo de Torreon (in Spanish). Editora de la Laguna. 7 December 1992. p. 47. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "America America – Nino Bravo". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "America & En Vivo – Luis Miguel". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Luis Miguel – Chart history" Billboard Latin Pop Albums for Luis Miguel. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "Luis Miguel — Chart history: Latin Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  14. ^ Willman, Chris (4 September 1993). "Sex, Drag and Rock 'n' Roll: Despite the Usual Provocateurs, 10th Annual MTV Awards Are Mostly Sedate". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  15. ^ Lannert, John (30 March 1993). "Secada Lead Latin Noms Following Grammy Win". Billboard. Nielsen N.V. 105 (10): 10. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "America & En Vivo – Luis Miguel — Overview". AllMusic. Rovi Corpation. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  17. ^ Verna, Paul; Morris, Chris; Morris, Edward (10 October 1992). "Album Reviews". Billboard. Nielsen N.V. 104 (41): 55. 
  18. ^ "América & En Vivo — Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  19. ^ "Luis Miguel – Chart history" Billboard Top Latin Albums for Luis Miguel. Retrieved 7 May 2014.