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Vida

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1. Me Duele Estar Solo   
2. Con Todo El Corazon   
3. Mas Que Un Sueño   
4. Hazme Una Señal   
5. Llueve   
6. Vida   
7. Perdoname, Volvamos Al Amor   
8. Voy Pidiendole A La Vida   
9. Buena Suerte   
10. Yo Soy Ese Romantico   
11. Yo Queria   
12. Cada Vuelta De Esquina   
Album: Vida                                                               13. Forbidden Love   
Rec.L/Disc.: Sony Discos
Year/Año: 1994

Side/Lado [A]

Me Duele Estar Solo

Luis Gerardo Padilla

Con Todo El Corazon

Vers. Esp.: Randy Miller/Manny Benito Randy Miller/Pat Hunt

Mas Que Un Sueño

Ricardo Quijano

Hazme Una Señal

Jorge Luis Piloto

Llueve

Alejandro Vezzani

Vida

Armando Larrinaga

Side/Lado [B]

Perdoname, Volvamos Al Amor

Armando Larrinaga

Voy Pidiendole A La Vida

Las Diego

Buena Suerte

Vers. Esp.: Carlos Lara Michael Sullivan/Paulo Massadas

Yo Soy Ese Romantico

Armando Larrinaga/Adriana Vitis

Yo Queria

Vers. Esp.: Carlos Lara Michael Sullivan/Paulo Massadas

Cada Vuelta De Esquina

Leo Dan


Vida debuted on April 23, 1994 and entered the Billboards charts Latin Pop category at number three. One week later on April 30, 1994 it reached number two and stayed in the charts for forty-seven consecutive weeks.

Of the thirteen tracks contained on Vida, three have been in the Hot Latin Tracks top twenty, with “Vida” and “Me Duele Estar Solo” reaching the number one spot.

Hot Latin Tracks

Name Debut Position Peak Position
Vida 04/09/94 29 05/07/94 1(4)
Cada Vuelta De Esquina 07/30/94 32 09/10/94 17
Me Duele Estar Solo 11/12/94 8 01/21/95 1(1)



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‘VIDA’ Is Good

Recording Studio of its own Makes a Difference on La Mafia’s New Album

For its most recent album, La Mafia had the songs, the time and – at last – the freedom that having your own recording studio brings. As a result, Vida – meaning “life” – is good for the Houston-based band. The albums title track is sitting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Tracks.

Recording at Houston Sound, the band’s own studio, gave La Mafia a “lot of freedom,” says keyboardist Mando Lichtenberger Jr. “That was a big difference. In our studio, we can book it anytime. But say you go in at noon and you start a project and for some reason something’s not clicking, and you can say, `OK, buddy, we’ll meet back here in three hours’ and start again, give it another shot. Whereas in a regular studio, you can’t do that. Those are the freedoms that people talk about in the studio – that it’s your own.”

As a musical work, Vida marks the third, and perhaps final, step in La Mafia’s metamorphosis from a Tejano outfit into a full cumbia/ballad band. The synthesizers and fat bass lines are used heavily on the new album – to the point where some of the songs start sounding alike. “That sound is both the bass and fattening it up with the keyboard sound,” Lichtenberger said. “That’s what we do with all the cumbias. We do it on ballads, too, except people don’t really notice it there.”

On Vida, La Mafia has taken to incorporating the peace symbol in its logo. “We wanted a real light, positive image on the album – we figured, why not?” Lichtenberger said. “A million people will probably see this album; if you can do a little symbol that catches their eye, a little seed in their head, then why not?”

Is there a message behind it?

“Actually, I think there is,” he said. “It came at a time when the media started being hard on us. The media in Mexico was tough. Our competition was saying things, etc. “You just go through a period where you say, `Man, there’s so much BS – just leave me alone,’ and I think that just came out. `Just leave us alone – we’re minding our own business.’ ”


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