- Released: October 19, 1993
- Label: Nonesuch
Q - 12/93, p.1113 Stars
- Good - "...LOVE & LIBERTE plays to the Gipsy Kings' strengths without breaking new ground..."
Dirty Linen - 6-7/94, p.51
"...the rhythms come through just fine, the guitar work is superlative, and these Gipsies can still claim to be kings of their genre..."
- 1.No Vivire
- 3.Escucha Me
- 4.Ritmo de la Noche
- 5.Madre Mia
- 6.Pedir a Tu Corazon
- 8.Queda Te Aqui
- 9.Guitarra Negra
- 12.Love & Liberte
Gipsy Kings: Nicolas Reyes, Francois Canut Reyes (vocals); Paul Reyes, Patchai Reyes (guitar, background vocals); Tonino Baliardo, Paco Baliardo, Diego Baliardo (guitar).
Additional personnel: Francois Debricon (soprano saxophone); Vincent Chavagnac (alto & tenor saxophones); Bernard Balstier (trumpet); Damiens Verherve (trombone); Alfredo Rodriguez (piano); Dominique Droin (keyboards); Mafia, Fluxy (keyboards, programming); Gerard Prevost (bass, acoustic bass); Negrito Trasante-Crocco (drums); Rodolpho Pacheco (congas); Nana Vasconcelos, Charles Benarroch (percussion); Laurent De Gasperis (programming, guitar); Nicolas Judelewicz (samples).
Recorded at Studio Guillaume Tell, Suresnes, France.
All songs written or co-written by members of The Gipsy Kings.
LOVE & LIBERTE was nominated for a 1995 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album.
After their internationally successful 1988 self-titled debut, few have followed the the Gypsy Kings' noteworthy fusion of their distinctive flamenco-inflected pop with other international influences. Love & Liberte, a 1994 Elektra Records release, is one of their few compilations of all-new material, one that demonstrates this growth perhaps more than any of their other projects. One of their more extravagant songs, "No Vivire" implements a prominent bassline and strong brass accents in the chorus. Equally pleasant but slightly less authentic, "Escucha Me" crosses their Spanish guitar sound with a full reggae ensemble. The album's zenith hits with two instrumental tracks, "Guitarra Negra" and "Love and Liberte." "Guitarra Negra" shows off castanets with bongos. Every few bars, the intensity seems to reach a peak, only to retreat and regroup for another charge. The title track evolves slowly, with a gradual guitar and bass crescendo highlighted by a series of sparse piano chords on selected downbeats for emphasis. Though not as energetic as their best work, Love and Liberte is still an easy album for a Gypsy Kings fan to appreciate. ~ Kieran McCarthy