[Video en español] Ismael Miranda is celebrating a beautiful career is Salsa and Latin music with his album “Son 45”. The album commemorates the 45 year career of “El Niño Bonito”.
Video of “Son 45” CD Review (en Español)
In those 45 years the Puerto Rican Salsa star has recorded with Salsa, Boleros, Puerto Rican folk music, and Christian music. “Son 45” is Ismael Miranda’s 41st recording, a feat that is not taken lightly. The album has 8 songs, including one Bolero.
Things I Liked
Good Salsa – this album has good songs, mostly styled on Salsa Dura. And if Salsa Dura is your thing, you’ll start enjoying “Son 45” from its 1st song “Bajo, Piano, y Bongo”, with special Fania All Stars guests Bobby Valentin, Richie Ray, and Roberto Roena. The production by fellow Salsero Victor Manuelle is right on target for “El Niño Bonito”.
Miranda still Sings – the veteran sonero is gifted with a still possesing a strong voice that defyies time. His performance is right on.
Great lyrics – songs with sense. There is the sad but perhaps real story of “Victima Inocente”, and the inspiring story in “El Tigre y el Alacran”. But also the other songs have lighter messages like “Son 45”, “Tengo la Vida”, and “Asi es Puerto Rico”.
Excellent Musical Quality – The musical arrangements and sound quality if the recording are superb; top notch quality like Ismael Miranda always provides in this category.
More songs -“Son 45” only has 8 songs. Although that used to be the normal amount in the LP days, now music fans expect and normally get more songs. An idea for more content would be to have added one or two medleys of Ismael Miranda previous hits. Roberto Roena did that in his “El Pueblo Pide Que Toque” album in 1994. He had guest singers for those medleys that made the super-special medleys.
Duet with Bobby Cruz – Since a Richie Ray was on the album, there was a great opportunity to use Bobby Cruz as well, perhaps in a duo in the nice bolero “El Amor que me Das”.
This is a great Salsa album, with good songs, excellent music, and Miranda at his best. Victor Manuelle (who knows how to make hits more than most in Latin music) did an excellent production for Ismael Miranda. This one will be another hit!