Re: NEW CD-DVD in MEXICO
- Today I received my copy of the DVD+CD and I have to say it is just
as bad as Juan describes. It's better to watch the DVD with the
The set is available packaged in either a CD jewel case or a black
DVD case (mine was the latter). The CD sounds ok except for Paloma
Blanca. I don't know why they bother to include a song if they don't
have a good quality recording of it.
The DVD had a couple of clips I don't remember seeing before from
the 1970s (Ray without his beard). I suppose the DVD is a treat for
fans who don't have any other Conniff videos.
For me, both the DVD and the CD will get just one play before it
--- In email@example.com, "juan" <juanantonio_ojeda@...>
> HI DEAR DOUG AND MANFRED.
> HI ALL.
> Due to the information sent to me by our good friend in Russia,
> Karpov, I was able to find a new collection released by SONY BMGincludes a
> México in a joint venture with Mexico's TELEVISA NETWORK, "RAY
> CONNIFF-LAS NUMERO 1" (RAY CONNIFF's NUMBER ONES). The set
> cd with the same songs (20) of the 50s and 60s used in everygreatest
> compilation, excepting "I Don't Know How To Love Him" and "Paloma
> Blanca". Obviously I bought it because of the DVD, which includes
> many very bizarre sellections like PLENO VERANO, FRENESI, PALOMA
> BLANCA, CABALLO VIEJO, AMOR AMOR, VEN CON EL ALMA DESNUDA and EL
> AFRICANO! (among others).
> Very excited I turned on the DVD player just to get very, very
> disappointed of the video work...Having Televisa some of the
> moments of Conniff in MEXICO in its archives, they choose songsfrom
> an open (free) concert in the streets of Mexico City in the 90swith
> a very poor quality in sound and video, and some tracks fromaround
> 1968 in the FESTIVAL DE LA CANCION LATINA or whatever it may be,with
> the MEXICAN SINGERS! that he used in "EN ESPANOL" . Other tracksare
> some kind of video clips that seem like a joke.....repertoire
> What's this? A shame...Ray Conniff visited MEXICO several
> times,beeing the main ones at the end of 1975, and in 1982.
> In the 75 tour, where he presented more or less the same
> previously performed in the Japan tour, he performed at EL PATIO(the
> No.1 night club of that era) and recorded a TV show for Televisain
> its own facilities. This TV show was very well produced, with 12or
> 13 wonderful songs including many of the then latest recordings,and
> with some of his original singers of that time (16)!tour
> In 1982 Ray came back with 8 singers with a more latin touch to
> present SIEMPRE LATINO. The tour included a show in the HOTEL DEL
> PRADO that was recorded for TV audiences by TELEVISA.
> None of these shows were included in the DVD. Specially the 1975
> was heavy in 70s material.beginning
> Due to the erratic takes that anyone can appreciate, at the
> of the DVD Televisa states: "What you're going to see is a trueIs
> documental material of several presentations of Mr. Conniff in
> México, and that's why some mistakes are evident in some tracks"
> In the liner notes, a producer of the project (Jorge Ibarra) calls
> Conniff "the most beloved and admired band leader of all time..."
> this what he deserves, Mr Ibarra?media"...whaaaat???
> And for your archives: Mr Ibarra wrote that "Conniff had in the
> unforgettable mexican musician Juan Garcia Esquivel (ESQUIVEL) an
> important assistant in the choral structure of his orchestra, this
> being always told by Conniff to the international
> Well, I didn't know about this...Manfred, Doug, did you know?is
> Mr. Ibarra: Were you drunk when you produced this jewel?
> The ice of the cake is that the video of SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES
> entitled in the box and in the track like...ONLY YOU!
> Thanks Sony. Thanks Televisa. We were better without this!
> JUAN ANTONIO,
> MONTERREY, MEXICO