Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, known to many as the “Queen of Tejano music,” is celebrated with the release of La Leyenda. As with many of these sorts of special box sets, there are a few different formats available. I was supplied with the two-disc special edition, but there is also a four-disc box set and a single-disc edition available.
The two-disc special edition collects a total of 30 tracks from the 82 used on the four-disc box set. The CDs offer a nice overview of Selena’s career, highlighting various styles and stages.
Selena’s life story is one of triumph and tragedy, as many know. She was born in Texas to Mexican-American parents and released her first record at the age of 12. From there, her success launched her to the first of many Tejano Music Awards in 1987. Selena was given a recording contract with EMI and soared to record-setting fame throughout the Spanish-speaking world and beyond.
Amor Prohibido was one of Selena’s most successful records. Released in 1994, the Latin pop record is one of the biggest selling Latin albums of all time. After the blistering popularity of Amor Prohibido in Mexico and the United States, Selena planned to release an English language album.
Sadly, Selena was murdered just two weeks prior to her 24th birthday. Shot and killed by Yolanda Saldívar in 1995, Selena’s career was over before it had a chance to break on English-speaking audience. Her death sent shockwaves around the world, but her legacy was apparent with the immediate success of Dreaming of You, an incomplete album that would shatter many world records in music.
La Leyenda collects memories from Selena’s career and arranges them beautifully. Listening to these songs is both a smart testimony to what might have been and a delightful account of the magnificence that was. Selena's spark is evident on each of the tracks and her passion for performing is clear.