Chayanne (1988 album)

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Chayanne II
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Studio album by Chayanne
Released November 1, 1988 (1988-11-01)
Recorded 1988
Genre Latin Pop, dance
Length 38:15
Label CBS Columbia
Producer Ronnie Foster[1]
Chayanne chronology
Tiempo de Vals
Singles from Chayanne
  1. "Tu Pirata Soy Yo"
    Released: 1988
  2. "Este Ritmo Se Baila Así"
    Released: 1989
  3. "Fuiste un Trozo de Hielo en la Escarcha"
    Released: 1989
  4. "Fantasias"
    Released: 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Chayanne is the fourth studio album released by Puerto Rican singer Chayanne in late 1988. This album is the second released under the Sony record label, after the successful, also self-titled, previous album. This release includes a blend of ballads and dance songs, that would be the singer trademark through his career. The four singles yielded from this album peaked within the Top Ten in the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart: "Tu Pirata Soy Yo", "Este Ritmo Se Baila Así", "Fantasías", and the number-one song "Fuiste un Trozo de Hielo en la Escarcha". Unlike Chayanne 1987, All music from the LP version is available in the CD Version.

Considered as the album that took off his solo career, earned the singer his first Grammy Award nomination, a Lo Nuestro Award, a MTV Video Music Award and a contract with Pepsi to promote the beverage.


After the successful self-titled album released in 1987, which included one of Chayanne's signature songs, "Fiesta en América", a track that peaked at number 4 in the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart and also ranked 49th in the 2008 recap for the '100 Greatest Songs of the 80's in Spanish' by VH1 Latin America,[2][3] the singer recorded in 1988 his second self-titled album under the Sony record label. The following year, Chayanne signed a contract with Pepsi to record the first Spanish language commercial aired in the United States on a major TV network without subtitles or dubbing, debuted during the Grammy Awards that year.[4] Chayanne received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Pop Performance, which it lost to José Feliciano's rendition of "Cielito Lindo".[4][5] During this year, the singer also won the Lo Nuestro Award for Pop Male Artist and the album was nominated for Pop Album of the Year.[6][7] "Este Ritmo Se Baila Así", the third single from this release, won the MTV Video Music Award in 1989 as the International Viewer's Choice.[8] The album was re-released 1989 and then in 2000 with the same track list.


The album includes ten tracks, mostly covers of songs previously recorded by several performers. The lead track and first single "Tu Pirata Soy Yo" ("I Am Your Pirate") is a ballad written by Honorio Herrero, who also wrote Chayanne's previous hit "Fiesta en América".[9] "Pata Pata" is a cover version of the signature song of Miriam Makeba, who is featured on this new version.[10] "Este Ritmo Se Baila Así" is also a cover version of the 1987 song "Sye Bwa" by the Francophone zouk band Kassav'. Record producer Roberto Livi made the Spanish adaptation of this song.[1][11] "Fantasías", is a ballad first performed by his writer, Brazilian singer-songwriter José Augusto. The song was translated and adapted by Luis Gómez Escolar.[12] "Fuiste un Trozo de Hielo en la Escarcha" was written by Spanish singer-songwriter José María Cano (of the Mecano fame).[1] "Tengo Esperanza (Gritos de Guerra)" was first performed by Brazilian Axé music band Chiclete com Banana in 1987, and included on their album Gritos de Guerra.[13] The Spanish adaptation was made by Juan Mardi.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Tu Pirata Soy Yo" Honorio Herrero 2:56
2. "Dile a Todo el Mundo No" Ronnie Foster, Roberto Livi 4:32
3. "Fuiste un Trozo de Hielo en la Escarcha" J. M. Cano 4:48
4. "Pata-Pata (duet with Miriam Makeba)" Miriam Makeba, Jerry Ragovoy, adapt. Juan Mardi 4:19
5. "Palo Bonito" Ricardo Rico 3:51
6. "Este Ritmo se Baila Así (Sye Bwa)" Pierre-Edouard Decimus, Jacob Desvarieux, adapt. Roberto Livi 4:31
7. "Marinero" José Luis Perales 3:51
8. "Fantasías" José Augusto, adapt. Luis Gómez Escolar 4:32
9. "Tengo Esperanza (Gritos de Guerra)" Bell Marques, Wadinho Marques, adapt. Juan Mardi 3:21
10. "Conquistador" Alejandro Vezzani, Gustavo Sánchez 3:28

Music Videos[edit]

  1. Tu Pirata Soy Yo
  2. Fuiste un Trozo de Hielo En La Escarcha
  3. Este Ritmo Se Baila Asi
  4. Fantasias

Chart performance[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version
Latin America 1988 LP, CD Original
January 1, 1989 Re-release


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