Various – “Nos Vamos De Vacaciones” (1989)

In the late 80’s, Discos Melody was trying to pump up the popularity of their artists by releasing various compilation albums. The released Christmas albums, tributes to various musicians like Agustin Lara, and this album featuring six of my favorites 80’s artists…Nos Vamos De Vacaciones. Starting from the top corner, Hector Suarez Jr had just…

Menudo – “Can’t Get Enough” (1986)

In the 80’s, Menudo was the king of boybands. From 1983 to 1986, the group had released eleven albums in four languages – five if you count the single that is bilingual English/Japanese. One could say that is awesome, but honestly, it could be your downfall. Before 1983, Menudo focused on Latin America and Puerto…

Menudo – “Quiero Ser” (1981)

You may know this album as “Quiero Ser, “Rock Chiquillo,” or even “Fuego” depending on what country you were in when the album was released in 1981. The album was released around the word and help Menudo gain worldwide success as this album was probably the most accessible for pop music fans in the early…

Menudo – “Reaching Out” (1984) Album Review

  The Puerto Rican boy band sings in English with Menudo Reaching Out for the first time Menudo’s first English album, Reaching Out was released at the beginning of 1984. They introduced their first fully bilingual member, Robby Rosa, who was born in New York. While Robby wasn’t the first Menudo member to be born outside…

Menudo – “Por Amor” (1982) Album Review

  In 1982 if you didn’t own this album, you were uncool. Menudo ruled the early 80’s and sold out concerts wherever they went. This album contained some of the best hits of Menudo of all time, and might even be close to being my all-time favorite record. If someone were to tell me this…

Karina – “Sin Mascara” (1987) Album Review

Sin Mascara marks Karina’s second album I love going back to listen to albums that I grew up with, and it’s lovely to travel back for great music. Venezuelan pop singer, Karina roared through Mexico in the mid-80’s at a time when I was falling in love with Latin music. I absorbed every artist that…

Lucero – “Ocho Quince” (1988) Album Review

Lucero scores a hit with 1988 self-titled album and first with Discos Melody Randomly picking albums that I know well from the 80’s, I decided to take a look at Lucero’s first album with Melody Records. The album was released in 1988 and presented Mexico a grown-up woman ready to be taken seriously. Her previous…

Proyecto M – “Proyecto M” (1987) Album Review

Johnny, Xavier, and Rene show they still have it with Proyecto M The 80’s could be classified as the decade of Menudo, not only for the band but for spin-offs too. When Rene Farrait left Menudo in 1982, he released two successful solo albums. Johnny left Menudo in 1984 and was able to record album…

Timbiriche – “La Banda Timbiriche” (1982) Album Review

  The Mexican kid group, Timbiriche released two albums in the year 1982. The first album self-titled as Timbiriche introduced the group to a market saturated by romantic ballad singers. The second album, La Banda Timbiriche progressed and so did their music. A lot of their iconic songs came from the group’s second album. Songs…