1988 Ruben Blades – Nothing But the Truth

Nothing but the Truth is the title of the first album in English of the Panamanian salsa singer Ruben Blades, this production is unique for several reasons: initially by the novelty of listening to Ruben Blades sing in English. In addition, during the Ruben Blades embodiment he had the opportunity to work with three of the most eminent musicians: Lou Reed (in the songs “Hopes on Hold,” “Letters to the Vatican,” and “The Calm Before the Storm”) Elvis Costello (in “The Miranda Syndrome” and “Shamed into Love”) and Sting (in “I Can not Say”).

The songs are in tune with the events that marked the historic moment of its realization, and refers to realities present in the 1980s As for the music, which varies from one song to another, merges genres like Soul, R & B and Rock, but with Latin accent, although in the absence of the genre that Blades became famous throughout Latin America, Salsa.Themify Builder Placeholder

Tracks

1  The Hit (Ruben Blades) 05:52
2  I Can’t Say (Sting) 03:46
3  Hopes On Hold (Ruben Blades; Lou Reed) 05:22
4  The Miranda Syndrome (Ruben Blades; Elvis Costello) 04:54
5  Letters To The Vatican (Ruben Blades; Lou Reed) 05:03
6  The Calm Before The Storm (Ruben Blades; Lou Reed) 04:39
7  In Salvador (Ruben Blades) 04:44
8  The Letter (Ruben Blades) 03:26
9  Chameleons (Ruben Blades; Carlos Rios) 05:52
10  Ollie’s Doo-Wop (Ruben Blades) 02:37
11  Shamed Into Love (Ruben Blades; Elvis Costello) 04:03

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Musicians

1 The Hit

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsJR Robinson
KeyboardsCarlos Rios
PercussionBobby Allende
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


2 I Can’t Say

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarCarlos Rios
KeyboardsLarry Williams
KeyboardsAlan Pasqua
SaxLarry Williams


3 Hopes On Hold

BassMichael Vinos
DrumsRobby Ameen
GuitarCarlos Rios
KeyboardsOscar Hernandez
KeyboardsLarry Williams
SynthesizerJason Miles
PercussionBobby Allende
PercussionRalph Irizarry


4 The Miranda Syndrome

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
Acoustic GuitarElvis Costello
KeyboardsAlan Pasqua
AccordionAlan Pasqua
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


5 Letters To The Vatican

BassYossi Fine
DrumsJT Lewis
GuitarLou Reed
GuitarMike Rathke
SaxRick Bell


6 The Calm Before The Storm

BassYossi Fine
DrumsJT Lewis
GuitarLou Reed
GuitarMike Rathke


7 In Salvador

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarCarlos Rios
KeyboardsAlan Pasqua
PercussionRalph Irizarry


8 The Letter

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarCarlos Rios
GuitarHadley Hockensmith
KeyboardsAlan Pasqua
KeyboardsCarlos Rios
SaxLarry Williams


9 Chameleons

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarCarlos Rios
GuitarHadley Hockensmith
KeyboardsAlan Pasqua
KeyboardsCarlos Rios
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


11 Shamed Into Love

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarHadley Hockensmith
Acoustic GuitarDean Parks
KeyboardsAlan Pasqua
SaxLarry Williams

Liner Notes

Producer – Carlos Rios (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 9)
Producer – Tommy LiPuma (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11)
Arranged By – Carlos Rios (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
Arranged By – Ruben Blades (Tracks 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11)
Mastered By – Stephen Marcussen
Mixed By – Al Schmitt (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
Recorded By – Al Schmitt (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)