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Format: Audio CD
Really, this package gets a 4 1/2 from me...why not a perfect 5?? Because the timing of releasing this package is way off, and looks like a Sony BMG ploy to get Christmas sales, it could have had more on there, and the packaging is basically: take the existing Volume 1 and Volume 2, throw it into a box (albeit an ATTRACTIVE box), add an exclusive DVD and bingo. If you didn't have the 2 volumes before, by all means, buy this package. If you want the DVD, buy it, but if you have both discs and don't care about the DVD, stay away. This SHOULD have come out the same time as the redone version of "Volume 2" with "Hips Don't Lie", not now.
To me, what would have made this a perfect 5 is: one, the disc of Volume 1 SHOULD have been the DualDisc, not the regular barebones disc. The reason why is because the DVD side of the dualdisc has a fun segment of Alejandro Sanz interviewing Shaki, and it was basically an excuse for the two of them to pal around, act silly and make jokes. There are subtitles so you can be in on the fun. There is also the making of the "La Tortura" vidclip, and footage of Shaki on the beach hanging out with local kids. The best part of the DVD side is that you can play the album with English translations, so you can follow along and understand what it is she is singing on this artful Volume 1. In this box, you get the album itself, which is fine, and the foldout poster, but I miss the DVD stuff from the DualDisc. ALSO, they could have added on the 3 live bonus tracks from the Target exclusive edition, making the disc 15 tracks.
As for Volume 2, I really love it, but again, they maybe could have added on the remix of "Don't Bother" from the Target edition of the first pressing, pre "Hips Don't Lie", as well as remixes of "Hips" from the import singles. Otherwise, fine, everything else is there, full artwork in the foldout poster, and the tracklisting of the 2nd edition, with that edition's trackorder, including "Hips" and the Spanglish version of "La Tortura".
As for the DVD, it's good to have, because it has all 5 vidclips from both volumes, the clips of "No" and "Dia De Enera" were not on an official release, maybe an import CD single from South America, but that's it. Everything else, the other 3 clips and 3 live performances, except for a remix video of "Don't Bother", were on the bonus DVD from Target's special edition of the 2nd Volume 2. Like I said before, to make this a 5-star release, the COULD have added onto the DVD the video footage from the DualDisc of Volume 1 as well as the remix clip of "Don't Bother". Instead, it's a good, but not complete, 31-minute DVD, oh well.
My suggestion??? Get this package and replace the regular Volume 1 with the DualDisc, or buy the DualDisc and keep both, as many people have problems playing the DualDisc in their car stereos, and you can play the regular disc in those players.
The best part of this release??? You can play the complete "Oral Fixation" in a row, and as good as both parts are separately, it's BETTER as a complete album!!! The 2 parts compliment each other like you wouldn't believe. To me, it's a work of art, eclectic, melodic, catchy, meaningful...everything from bossa nova ("Obtener Un Si"), Latin pop ("No", "En Tus Pupiles/Something", "Dreams For Plans"), new wave ("La Pared"...possibly my fave track on the whole set, in new wave and acoustic piano versions, the punky B-52's-ish "Escondite Ingles", and "Hey You"), heavy dance pop ("Lo Imprescindible"), glamish rock & roll ("Costume Makes The Clown"), slightly-but-not-TOO-commercial catchy as hell powerpop ("Don't Bother", "Animal City"), chanting over rocking pop and dance ("How Do You Do", "Timor"), cool collaborations ("Hips Don't Lie", "Illegal", "La Tortura", "Dia Especial/The Day & The Time") and much more...it's a 25-track album!!! Some tracks have English and Spanish versions that compliment each other, but overall, there are 20 standalone songs, and it cements Shaki's rep as an artful bilingual female pop force of nature with a rock & roll heart (the acclaimed, widespread Rick Rubin DID executively produce this whole set, after the Dixie Chicks, Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash), and I don't care if we have to wait 5 years for her next release. It will be great and worth the wait.