pairs two remastered Marc Anthony recordings in a single package. The first is the classic Libre
. Originally released in 2001, this was the album that followed the smash Contra la Corriente
full-length -- which went a long way to establishing Anthony's stated goal, to become the best salsa singer in the world. His commitment proves to be pure on Libre
, where he went all the way back to the Cuban roots of the music. While the album certainly contains modern salsa, it also digs deeply into the grain of boleros. The smash single "Celos" is here, along with other fine cuts such as "Este Loco Que Te Mira," "Hasta Que Vuelvas Conmigo," and "Barco a la Deriva." The production is clean and soulful, and the singer is in terrific voice, making this one of his best recordings. The second disc in the set, Amar Sin Mentiras
(issued a mere three years later), moves away from Anthony's salsa altogether and contrasts sharply with Libre
; it contains few salsa tunes and no boleros. For the most part, it aims squarely at the Latin pop market -- who could blame him since the majority of his fans at that point wanted a recording exactly like this one. It it is chock-full of ballads, including the duet "Escapémonos" (Let's Escape) with then wife Jennifer Lopez
. But the album is proof that when Anthony commits himself to anything, he does it well. While he went back to recording salsa later the same year, this set ruled in the top end of the Latin pop charts for the better part of 13 months, and netted him a Grammy Award in that category. Taken together on Dos Clásicos
, you get two very different -- but no less satisfying -- sides of Anthony for a bargain price.