Desde un Principio: From the Beginning

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Desde un Principio: From the Beginning
Greatest hits album by Marc Anthony
Released November 9, 1999
Recorded 1993–1999
Genre Salsa
Length 73:52
Language Spanish
Label RMM
Marc Anthony chronology
Marc Anthony
(1999)
Desde un Principio: From the Beginning
(1999)
Libre
(2001)

Desde un Principio: From the Beginning is a greatest hits album from American recording artist Marc Anthony. The album was released on November 9, 1999 by RMM Records & Video (RMM). It was a result of Anthony leaving RMM Records and signing on with Columbia Records. The recording contains twelve tracks from his years with RMM, a cover of the Rafael Hernández song "Preciosa", and two duets - one featuring Jennifer Lopez, the other featuring La India.

Allmusic's Jose Promis praised Desde un Principio: From the Beginning, calling the album an "ideal introduction" to the artist, although he complained about the songs on it being "truncated", particularly towards the end. The album received a Billboard Latin Music Award for Latin Greatest Hits Album of the Year. Desde un Principio: From the Beginning reached number one on both the Billboard Top Latin Albums and the Billboard Tropical Albums charts, and became the best-selling album of 2000 on both charts. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) after shipments reached 500,000 copies.

Background[edit]

After the release of Contra la Corriente in 1997, disputes over certain business practices arose between Marc Anthony and RMM executive Ralph Mercado.[1] Columbia Records had approached Anthony to sign a contract with their record label. However, Mercado would not allow Anthony to leave RMM Records because of an earlier contract committing Anthony to record two more albums for RMM. Anthony filed a lawsuit, and with the backing of Columbia Records, bought out the remainder of the contract. As part of the settlement, Anthony allowed RMM Records to release a "greatest hits" collection from his earlier records.[2]

Content[edit]

Desde un Principio: From the Beginning includes a total of fifteen songs, most of which came from his recordings with RMM. Four songs were selected from each of his earlier albums (Otra Nota,[3] Todo a Su Tiempo,[4] and Contra la Corriente[5]). The opener, a tropical version of "No Me Ames", is a duet with American singer and actress Jennifer Lopez; she included the recording on her debut album On the 6 (1999).[6] "Vivir lo Nuestro", featuring La India, was originally recorded on the RMM Records compilation album Combinacion Perfecta.[7][8] "Preciosa" is a cover of the Rafael Hernández song which Anthony had recorded for a tribute album to Hernandez, Romance Del Cumbanchero – La Musica del Rafael Hernández.[9]

Commercial reception[edit]

The album debuted at number three on the Billboard Top Latin Albums on the week of November 27, 1999 and reached number one the following week.[10][11] The recording debuted atop the Billboard Tropical Albums chart on the week of November 27, 1999, and remained at number one for five consecutive months.[12] Desde un Principio: From the Beginning peaked at number 151 on the Billboard 200 chart and became the best-selling album of 2000 for the Top Latin Albums and Tropical Albums charts.[13][14] It was then certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[15]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[16]

Jose Promis of Allmusic gave the album 4.5 out of 5 stars. He described it as a "superb collection", and wrote that Desde un Principio "provides a wonderful introduction to the music of Marc Anthony, a singer that, undoubtedly, will one day rank among the best."[16] Promis also complained that the songs were "severely truncated", especially near their end.

In 2001, Anthony received a Billboard Latin Music Award for "Latin Greatest Hits Albums of the Year".[17]

Track listing[edit]

  • The following track information is from Allmusic.[16]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "No Me Ames (Tropical Remix)" (featuring Jennifer Lopez) Giancarlo Bigazzi, Marco Falagiani, Ignacio Ballesteros, Alejandro Baldi 5:04
2. "Si Tú No Te Fueras"   Nelson Frank, Jaime Gutierrez 4:31
3. "Necesito Amarte"   Luis Castillo 4:38
4. "Hasta Que Te Conocí"   Juan Gabriel 4:52
5. "El Último Beso"   Felipe Muñíz 4:23
6. "Te Conozco Bien"   Omar Alfanno 5:01
7. "Nadie Como Ella"   Alfanno 4:44
8. "Te Amaré"   Angel Ramirez Jr. 4:35
9. "Hasta Ayer"   Manny Delgado 3:57
10. "Y Hubo Alguien"   Alfanno 6:10
11. "Contra la Corriente"   Alfanno 4:56
12. "No Me Conoces"   Fernando Arias 4:52
13. "No Sabes Como Duele"   Alfanno 4:51
14. "Preciosa"   Rafael Hernández 5:12
15. "Vivir lo Nuestro" (featuring La India) Normandia González, Rudy Pérez 6:06

Chart performance[edit]

Album certification[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[15] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Caputo, Matt (2010). "Cover Story – Marc Anthony". Urban Latino. Urban Latino Media Group. Retrieved August 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ Márquez, Herón (2001). Latin Sensations. Twenty-First Century Books. p. 74. Retrieved April 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Otra Nota – Marc Anthony". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Todo a Su Tiempo – Marc Anthony". Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Contra la Corriente – Marc Anthony". Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ "On the 6 – Jennifer Lopez". Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Combinacion Perfecta – Various Artists". Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Dicene Que Soy – India". Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Romance Del Cumbanchero – La Musica de Rafael Hernández". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Top Latin Albums – Week of November 27, 1999". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Top Latin Albums – Week of December 4, 1999". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Tropical Albums – Week of November 27, 1999". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Desde un Principio: From the Beginning – Marc Anthony". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 9, 2010. 
  14. ^ "The Year In Music – 2000". Billboard (Nieslon Company) 112 (53): YE–74, YE–78. December 30, 2000. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  15. ^ a b "American album certifications – Marc Anthony – Desde un Principio". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  16. ^ a b c Promis, Jose. "Desde un Principio: From the Beginning –". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. 
  17. ^ Cobo, Leila (April 28, 2001). "Billboard Awards Recognize The Best In Last Music". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 113 (17): 53. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  18. ^ "2000 Top Billboard Latin 50 Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 31, 2000. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Top Tropical/Salsa Albums Titles". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 31, 2000. Retrieved September 10, 2012.