Julio Iglesias: 'To communicate with myself, I
have to rediscover myself. The best singer is the one who keeps pushing on,
touching different generations". Julio Iglesias has enjoyed an extraordinary
recording career, with a list of achievements that will likely never be matched.
Julio Iglesias is not just any recording artist - he is an enduring icon who
keeps an active vigil over a career that knows no boundaries or limitations. "Noche
de Cuatro Lunas" is Julio's 77^th album and latest artistic masterpiece.
Julio Iglesias co-wrote 10 songs on the disc with the estimable
producer Estefano. Also helming tracks on "Noche de Cuatro Lunas" were exalted
singer/songwriter Ruben Blades; Robi Rosa, composer of Ricky Martin's smash hits
"Maria," "La Copa De La Vida," and "Livin' La Vida Loca"; and Alejandro Sanz,
who cut the mega-smash "Corazon Partio" in 1997.
Julio Iglesias recalls that recording with the different producers
made for different creative situations. To sing with Robi represented a
difficulty because Robi writes music that is different than what I am able to
sing," says Julio. To sing with Estefano, with whom I write, was more
comfortable because Estefano is earthier and less galactic. Singing with
Alejandro was galactic for his phrasing. Ruben has a very personal style."
Apart from recording with a crew of young producers, Julio Iglesias
decided to compose songs for the first time in 20 years. He ended up
co-authoring 10 songs with Estefano. And, even though he had not penned a tune
for a long time, his collaborations with Estefano were finished in quick order.
"We have a fluid communication," says Julio. "There was nothing complicated or
strange." Musically, the album sports a blend of appetizing grooves from the
Hispanic Caribbean, Spain and the U.S.Pleased with his latest disc, Julio says
that even--keeled partnership with his young cohorts played a key role in the
production of the album.
Over the course of his 76-album career (soon to be 77),
Spains most famous singer has sold more than 250 million units - the most by any
artist, according to the Guinness Book Of World Records. Further, Spain's most
famous singer has earned an astounding 2,650 gold and platinum records. And
while James Brown is known as the hardest-working man in show business, surely
Julio Iglesias cannot be far behind as he has played nearly 4,600 shows on five different