If the notion of having Joe Arroyo and Juan Carlos Coronel—arguably Colombia's best-known salsa vocalists—together in a recording studio sounds too good to be true, you're right.

If the notion of having Joe Arroyo and Juan Carlos Coronel—arguably Colombia's best-known salsa vocalists—together in a recording studio sounds too good to be true, you're right. But Los Reyes del Trópico is the next best thing, hooking up Arroyo and Coronel via digital and analog technology for a collection of Arroyo's greatest hits (most of which he penned), revamped with new production, arrangements (note the vampy intro to "La Noche"), and instrumentation. Compared with the originals, the overall production quality of the songs is, as expected, higher and impeccably mixed. And, surprisingly, Arroyo's trademark high tenor melds organically with Coronel's more velvety pipes and straight-ahead delivery. Despite this, and perhaps out of respect to Arroyo (the album is described as an homage to him), these versions are not significant departures from—or improvements on—the originals. But they lend new life to classics, without offending the purists.—LC

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