NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The phenomenal 45-year career of international megastar Julio Iglesias, one of the world's ten best-selling recording artists with global sales in excess of 300 million units, is the focus of an inspired new collection of his signature songs entitled 1 – GREATEST HITS. The title is set for release April 9, 2013, through Columbia/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
Already certified multi-platinum in virtually every Spanish-speaking territory on earth, 1 – GREATEST HITS showcases newly-recorded versions (from 2006 and 2011) of the bulk of its tracks, representing Julio's most-loved hits from the '70s, '80s and '90s. These are the songs that have turned Julio into the world's biggest-selling Latin artist and one of the most emblematic celebrities of all time. 1 – GREATEST HITS is the first new album from Julio since Romantic Classics in 2006.
The collection will be available in two separate configurations: The 2-CD version will include 37 tracks, comprising 19 tracks on CD One and 18 tracks on CD Two. The deluxe version will include the same two CDs, plus Starry Night: Live From the Greek Theatre, the DVD chronicle of Julio's historic concert at the legendary Los Angeles venue in 1990.
"This album," said Julio of the project he has been working on for three years, "is mainly dedicated to all the anonymous people who have been following me for 45 years, with generosity and affection, and who have allowed me to keep singing up until today. They'll always be the great driving force of my career."
Fans will immediately be struck with the new arrangements and vocals, and the sonic advancements that enable Julio's unique and distinctive style to flourish and fill a room. Far from having the differences in sonics and production that normally affect compilations, the music possesses a uniformity and maturity of sound and interpretation. To hear a comparison between the original and re-recorded songs, please go to http://bit.ly/yMvona.
The achievements and awards bestowed upon Julio Iglesias would fill numerous rooms. As far back as 1983, he received the first and only Diamond Record award from the Guinness Book Of World Records, for selling more records in more languages than any music artist in history, including Spanish, English, German, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese, and French topping the list. To date he has sold over 300 million records and received over 2,600 gold and platinum record certifications from around the world.
Ever since Julio conquered the UK in 1981 with his #1 Pop Hit of Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine (Volver A Empezar)," he has courted the English-speaking segment of his audience with an ever-expanding repertoire. The song became the focus track of his first Columbia LP in the U.S. in 1983, simply titled Julio. The album included "Hey," one of many collaborations with co-writer Ramon Arcusa, and the opening track on the second disc of 1 – GREATEST HITS as re-recorded in 2011.
Julio released his first LP entirely sung in English in 1984, 1100 Bel Air Place, which featured his breakthrough duet with Willie Nelson, "To All The Girls I've Loved Before," a Top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 that year and re-recorded by Julio in 2006. In addition to "To All The Girls I've Loved Before," two other songs were also re-recorded in 2006 and are included on 1 – GREATEST HITS: "All Of You," a duet with Diana Ross, and "My Love," a duet with Stevie Wonder.
Julio's next entirely English album arrived in 1990, Starry Night, produced by Albert Hammond and named for the Don McLean-penned title song, "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)." 1 – GREATEST HITS also includes "99 Miles From L.A." (by Hal David/Albert Hammond) in its original version from Starry Night.
"When I Need You," the Carole Bayer Sager/Albert Hammond standard from Starry Night, leads off the roster of five songs that were re-recorded in 2011. The others comprise two Willie Nelson compositions, namely "Always On My Mind" and Patsy Cline's "Crazy" (from Julio's 1994 album of the same title, Crazy); as well as "Crazy In Love" and a duet with Sting (also from Crazy) on one of his earliest ballads, "Fragile."
Duets with America's top pop artists have been a focal point of Julio's attention for decades now, and CD One includes no less than nine standout duets. In addition to the four already mentioned, there are duets with Frank Sinatra ("Summerwind," courtesy of Sinatra's first Duets album in 1993); with Dolly Parton ("When You Tell Me That You Love Me") and Art Garfunkel ("Let It Be Me"), both from Crazy; and Stephanie Spruill (Casablanca's eternal "As Time Goes By").
On CD Two, with the exception of one song ("La Cumparsita," re-recorded in 2006), all of the selections were re-recorded by Julio in 2011. These go back to some of his earliest successes, for example, "Un canto a Galicia" from 1972, which was a #1 hit in Latin America and across Europe; "Hey" (title tune of his 1980 worldwide #1 album, which netted Julio his first Grammy Award® nomination in the Latin Pop Album category); 1981's "De nina a mujer" (from the album of the same title), and so on.
1 – GREATEST HITS by JULIO IGLESIAS
(2-CD version: Columbia/Legacy 88765 438212 2)
CD One – Selections: 1. Begin The Beguine (Volver A Empezar) • 2. Crazy • 3. When I Need You • 4. Vincent (Starry Starry Night) • 5. 99 Miles From L.A. • 6. And I Love Her • 7. Always On My Mind • 8. Crazy In Love • 9. Fragile (with Sting) • 10. To All The Girls I've Loved Before (with Willie Nelson) • 11. All Of You (with Diana Ross) • 12. My Love (with Stevie Wonder) • 13. When You Tell Me That You Love Me (with Dolly Parton) • 14. Summer Wind (with Frank Sinatra) • 15. Let It Be Me (with Art Garfunkel) • 16. As Time Goes By (with Stephanie Spruill) • 17. Se Ora Avessi Un Po' Di Te (Uno) • 18. Dizem Que Os Homens Nao Devem Chorar • 19. La Vie Defile En Silence (Como Han Pasado Los Anos).
CD Two – Selections: 1. Hey • 2. Por El Amor De Una Mujer • 3. Me Va, Me Va • 4. Un Canto A Galicia • 5. El Dia Que Me Quieras • 6. Me Olvide De Vivir • 7. Corazon Partió • 8. De Niña A Mujer • 10. Amor, Amor, Amor • 11. Derroche • 12. La Cumparsita • 13. Nathalie • 14. Caballo Viejo/Bamboleo • 15. El Amor • 16. Caruso • 17. Devaneios (O Me Quieres O Me Dejas) • 18. Quelque Chose De France.
1 – GREATEST HITS by JULIO IGLESIAS
(2-CD+DVD version: Columbia/Legacy 88765 46961 2)
CD One and CD Two (same as above).
DVD – Starry Night: Live From the Greek Theatre – Selections: 1. Volver A Empezar (Begin The Beguine) • 2. Amor, Amor, Amor • 3. To All The Girls I've Loved Before • 4. Too Many Women • 5. La Polama • 6. Brazilian Medley: The Girl From Ipanema/Desafinado • 7. If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas) • 8. 99 Miles From L.A. • 9. When I Need You • 10. Bamboleo • 11. Moonlight Lady • 12. Pensami (Júrame) • 13. Hey • 14. Mona Lisa • 15. Ae, Ao • 16. Can't Help Falling In Love. (Previously released on VHS and internationally on DVD.)
SOURCE Legacy Recordings