Debo Hacerlo

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Debo Hacerlo
Debo Hacerlo.jpg
Compilation album by Juan Gabriel
Released 1988
Genre Balada, Pop Latino, Mariachi
Label RCA
Producer Chuck Anderson, Ryan Ulyate, Juan Gabriel[1]
Juan Gabriel chronology
Para Ti... 14 Éxitos Originales
Debo Hacerlo
Juan Gabriel en El Palacio de Bellas Artes
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Debo Hacerlo (Eng.: I Must Do It) is a compilation album released by the Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel. It was released in 1988, and would be the last album with new songs released by the singer, until his album Gracias Por Esperar in 1994. The title song became the second number-one single for Gabriel in the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart and the album sold seven million copies worldwide, his second best selling album after Recuerdos II.

Album history[edit]

Between 1986 and 1994, Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel refused to record any material because of a dispute with BMG over copyrights to his songs. He continued his career in live stage performances, setting attendance records throughout Latin America. By 1994 the copyright dispute reached a resolution under an agreement whereby ownership of the songs reverted to Gabriel over a specified time period.[2] The record label selected eleven previously released tracks from Gabriel's catalog in order to release "Debo Hacerlo", the last new song recorded by the artist.[1] This compilation album became a success, selling six million copies in Latin America and receiving a platinum certification in United States for shipments of 200,000 units.[3][4]

The tracks included are: "Que Lástima", "Te lo Pido Por Favor" and "Sólo Sé Que Fué en Marzo" that were first released on the album Pensamientos.[5] "Todo" and "No Vale la Pena", taken from the album Todo.[6] "No Me Vuelvo a Enamorar" was recorded for the album Cosas de Enamorados.[7] "Bésame" was included on Recuerdos II.[8] The versions included on this release for the songs "No Tengo Dinero" (Nao Tenho Dinheiro), "Lily" (Vive) and "No Quiero" (Toma, Te Don la Vida) were recorded in Portuguese. The original versions can be found on the album El Alma Joven (1971) and El Alma Joven III (1973).[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Juan Gabriel.

1."Debo Hacerlo"9:42
2."Que Lástima"3:59
3."No Me Vuelvo a Enamorar"3:21
4."Toma, Te Don la Vida / No Quiero (Portuguese version)"2:30
5."Sólo Sé Que Fué en Marzo"4:03
7."Nao Tenho Dinheiro / No Tengo Dinero (Portuguese version)"3:06
8."Te Lo Pido por Favor"3:40
10."Vive / Lily (Portuguese version)"3:20
11."No Vale la Pena"2:32

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988)[1] Peak
US Billboard Latin Pop Albums 6

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[10] Platinum (Latin) 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b c d "Debo Hacerlo - Juan Gabriel". Allmusic. Macromedia Corporation. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  2. ^ "Juan Gabriel - Biography". eNotes. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  3. ^ "Los 100 Discos Más Vendidos de la Década de los 80's". AMPROFON (in Spanish). Retrieved 2009-06-09. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Juan Gabriel - Certifications". Gold and Platinum. Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  5. ^ "Pensamientos - Juan Gabriel". Allmusic. Macromedia Corporation. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  6. ^ "Todo - Juan Gabriel". Allmusic. Macromedia Corporation. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  7. ^ "Cosas de Enamorados - Juan Gabriel". Allmusic. Macromedia Corporation. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  8. ^ "Recuerdos II - Juan Gabriel". Allmusic. Macromedia Corporation. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  9. ^ "El Alma Joven - Juan Gabriel". Allmusic. Macromedia Corporation. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Gabriel, Juan – Debo Hacerlo". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click Type, then select Latin, then click SEARCH