The effervescent Ricky
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 11/17/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ricky Martin's greatest talent is his effervescent showmanship, which he pours out to his audience with all his heart; I'd like to see a camera set in front of him, and just let him "do his thing", without the fancy camera shots, the endless edits, and the plethora of writhing babes that occupy most of the screen time. The video of "La Vida Loca" is the worst offender for this, which if you totaled up the time Ricky was on screen, it would probably be a lot less than what the wiggling dames get.
I also prefer him singing Spanish, and luckily we get 6 videos in Spanish in this collection. Total running time is 40 minutes.
The videos are:
"Livin' La Vida Loca" (English), Ricky's super hit.
"She's All I Ever Had" (English), this ballad has some nice special effects, with a dramatic, changing sky.
"La Bomba" (Spanish), this is probably the best track musically, and by far my favorite track in this collection. It's got a terrific rhythm, piano and brass arrangement, and it's Ricky at his very best.
"Perdido Sin Ti" (Spanish), a ballad with terrific b&w imagery, taken right out of Wim Wenders' film "Wings of Desire".
"Livin' La Vida Loca" (Spanish)
"Vuelve" (Spanish), filmed in what must be a Frank Lloyd Wright house, the architecture is fabulous, and the beauty of this ballad is that it's 100% Ricky, no babes.
"Maria" (Spanish), this is a fun, up-beat video, with Ricky looking young and very cute, filmed in what looks like Barcelona.
"Bella" (Spanish), the Spanish version of "She's All I Ever Had".
"The Cup of Life" (English), Ricky wows them at the Grammys. this is the live performance of the official 1998 World Cup song.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Nice collection of Ricky's recent-ish/popular videos! The visual and audio sound quality is excellent. My only complaint is that I wish there were MORE videos on this disc (I felt it was a little short). However, if you are a long-time Ricky fan like me, you will enjoy."