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Artist:   Paulito F.G.

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Timba 1996 11 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Ilusión de Papel
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5:03 hoy no me pidas amor asi
02  Estamos en Escena
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4:53 esto esta wild (w i l d)
03  Ella y la Noche
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5:06 tu presencia es la que niega toda posibilidad
04  Como una Postal
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5:21 que espera una respuesta
05  Exclusivamente Exclusivo
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4:53 seguro que yes!
06  Que Vas a Decir Ahora
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6:19 tremenda champola a los 3:31
07  Por Tu Ausencia
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5:41 yo me siento raro cuendo estoy sin ti
08  El Vuelo
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4:53 a los 1:12 fijate en los movimientos del bajo y piano
09  Que Dices Ahora
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5:49 acere como entra ese coro - pregón
10  En Materia de Amor
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5:09 y con los bata se termina la canción
11  Cuidao en el Cachumbambe
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5:34 le cojiste pena al melocotón
Predecessor to Paulito's iconic timba recording "Con La Conciencia", the self-titled 'Paulito' has all the core musical concepts that propelled him to the top of the Cuban dance music scene.


Paulito F.G. (cantante, director)
Ana Alaida Lopez (coros) Emilio Morales (piano)
Enrique Castellanos (coros) Frank Rubio (bajo)
Sergio Noroña (coros) Joel Paez (bateria y timbal)
Julio Montalvo (trombón) Alexander Abreu (trumpeta)
Juan M. Ceruto (sax tenor) Carmelo Andres (trumpeta)
Luis Chacón (bongo y batá) Rogelio Napoles (guitarra)
Oswaldo Valenzuela (guiro y maracas) Tomás Cruz (congas)

There are two releases of this album: one is called "Paulito" and the other is "El Bueno Soy Yo". The recordings are identical, but the titles, covers and song orders are different. This is Paulito y su Élite just before the arrival of Sergio Noroña, Yosvel Bernal and Joel Domínguez on piano, synth and bass respectively. Joel Paez, Tomás Cruz, Yosvel Bernal, Alexander Abreu, Luis Chacón, Rogelio Nápoles and of course Juan Ceruto are already in place, and the songs, arrangements and performances are all superb. Noroña plays synth and sings excellent coro, along with Enrique Castellanos and Paulito's sister Ana. Emilio Morales, who would later go to NG La Banda, is still on piano and Frank Rubio, who later went to Issac and the Chucho Valdés quartet, is on bass.

--review by Kevin Moore of