After Menudo’s third album, Chiquitita, the boy band from Puerto Rico released their first Christmas album called, Felicidades. I am skipping this review because I do not own that at all nor is it available on streaming services. Someone did post the album on YouTube and I could stream it from there but I am deciding to skip this for now. Maybe I might come back to it during the holiday months.
The album, Mas Mucho Mas, was released in 1980 and featured the second member change. Carlos Melendez left the group and Johnny Lozada entered in his place. Johnny became the loverboy of the group, as he had a very angelic and romantic voice. Out of the band’s history, this is the only album that I never owned during my fan days. I never even had a burned copy of it.
I was happy to see that SonoVen Records, a Venezuelan record label released it digitally. Like all the other early albums, the album is not remastered for today’s digital technology. It, again, sounds like you are listening to the album in a tunnel.
When looking at Menudo’s history, I don’t see what critics would call singles or hits and since information on this era in South America is so hard to find, I really don’t what made the radio or not. I know going forward the band would include the songs, “Mas Mucho Mas”, “A Bailar”, “No Que No” and “Madre” on their first Greatest Hits albums.
“Mas Mucho Mas” is by far the best song from the album and I remember watching them perform this later in the years. The song, “Háblame de Ti” I would learn from the pop group, Kairo in the 90’s. Also, the song “Mentira Para Dos” would go on to be made famous by Magneto. Both songs are covers from the past. So listening to Mas Mucho Mas now, I hear these songs and can sing along because I know them from others. Too bad, I didn’t come into the ’90s and say, hey Menudo sang that.