‘Young guy’ Igle­sias has new-old al­bum 3 years in mak­ing

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Jes­sica Vi­t­ullo

TORONTO — Julio Igle­sias has en­joyed a Gram­my­win­ning ca­reer span­ning four decades, sell­ing over 300 mil­lion records in the process. Just don’t sug­gest he’s get­ting along in years. “I’m a re­ally young guy,” Igle­sias, 68, said in a re­cent phone in­ter­view. “Peo­ple think I’m an old man. No, 35, 40 years old is my age.”

The To All The Girls I’ve Loved Be­fore singer has spent the last three years in the record­ing stu­dio work­ing on a new al­bum en­ti­tled 1, due out Tues­day.

The dou­ble al­bum is a com­pi­la­tion of 38 re­worked Igle­sias tracks in English and Span­ish. A sec­ond ver­sion of the record fea­tures tracks in French and Span­ish. It also in­cludes duets with Frank Si­na­tra, Diana Ross, Dolly Par­ton and Wil­lie Nel­son.

“I love the French-speak­ing (lan­guage), the cul­ture,” said the singer. “I stud­ied French in school and I thought it was a good idea to sing songs in French.”

He says the French songs, orig­i­nally recorded 10 to 15 years ago, are full of rhythm and were re-recorded to rep­re­sent the bright­ness of the French cul­ture. The Span­ish songs on the al­bum, orig­i­nally recorded closer to the be­gin­ning of Igle­sias’ ca­reer, are more emo­tional.

Igle­sias worked with his long-time record­ing com­pany, Sony Mu­sic In­ter­na­tional, to im­prove the sound qual­ity of the songs he loves.

“The record­ing wasn’t so good at those times,” he said. “Also, I wasn’t a good singer. I was just a charm­ing man.”

Igle­sias says his singing im­proved over time and he wanted that re­flected in the new al­bum.

“My idea was to go back to the mu­sic recorded years ago, many years ago, and I think we could re­ally make them sound much bet­ter, much stronger.” 1 has al­ready gone plat­inum in Spain and Brazil. Igle­sias be­gan tour­ing at the be­gin­ning of the year, mak­ing stops in Ar­gentina and Spain.

“I tour all my life,” he said. “I don’t know what to do if I don’t tour.” Will he make a stop in Canada? “Maybe next year I will do the United States and Canada,” he said. “I don’t know where life will take me to­day or to­mor­row.

“If life doesn’t take me, I will (continue to) be a singer.”


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