"Escuchar este juego de compactos es tener en sus oidos toda la evolucion artistica y musical de Soda Stereo, desde sus muy pegajosas y "light" canciones iniciales hasta temas muy pop y con letras mas profundas y estudiadas. Todos las canciones valen la pena para tener ese recuerdo de tan excelente aporte musical de los ochentas: SODA STEREO!"
A must for ALL rock en espanol fans!
Elaine | NYC | 08/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Soda Stereo is one of the best spanish rock acts ever, and this CD compiles all of their greatest hits. It's a must for all Spanish rock fans, and for all fans in need of an introduction to this amazing music genre. I also recommend their MTV unplugged and Dynamo."
Lo mas conocido (que no siempre es lo mejor)
Odeo | México, D. F. | 09/12/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Una recopilacion de Soda Stereo siempre sera recomendable, aunque esta en especial no abarca la etapa final "Sueño Stereo"-"Unplugged" (si la hubieran incluido, le habria puesto las 5 estrellas). Para quienes conocen y gustan de la nostalgia Soda, pero no desean arruinarse comprando toda la discografia; tambien, para aquellos a quienes defraudo la etapa experimental del "Dynamo" en adelante (que, dicho sea aparte, es interesantisima)."
Essential Listening from Latin America's Best Band
WalterDigsTunes | 11/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Spanning from 1983 to 1994, the tracks on this collection acutely illustrate how a band can grow and evolve. The earliest tracks are neurotic fun; imagine early Police songs fronted by a caffeinated David Byrne with some RHCP inflections on a predominantly fast-paced Two-Tone ska beat. All of the early tracks are uniformly superb and fun. As the 1980s wear on, touches of South America begin to be assimilated into the sound (listen to the Andean flutes on "Cuando Pase el Temblor"). Then, pop sensibilities shine on "Persiana Americana" and "Profugos," as both tracks are immediately catchy and have a lot of replay value.
Disc 2 begins with "En la Ciudad de la Furia," a track that boasts both atmospherics and funky guitar lines. It's a product of the 80s, and we love it for that. But tracks like "Picnic en el 4to. B" show the band tinkering with a sunnier production and janglier guitars (something hitherto unseen). As the disc wears on, we see the band stretching itself into unknown territories. Some tracks begin with piano-based moodyness and then plunge into disco histrionics. The tropical funk of Mundo de Quimeras boasts a more Carribbean flavour than the UK-ska of their early days. "De Musica Ligera" has got to be the most conventional rock track on the whole disc. The last portion of the discs descends into a semi-predictable state that is bereft of the spiky youthfulness on the first disc. But there are still surprises, like "No Necesito Verte (Para Saberlo)," which has an instrumentation that is essentially hip-hop.
As you can tell, I enjoyed disc 1 more than disc 2. It's pop value is easier to appreciate it, and the tracks stay embedded in your head for days. Disc 2 is where a great deal of the evolution takes place. Mid-tempo rockers, funk forays and random experiments all pepper this substancially less catchy disc.
Overall, however, I consider this set to be essential. The breadth that this band managed to tackle is completely impressive, and this document proves Soda Stereo's musical worth. Not only were they extensive in terms of incorporating things into their sound, but they did it with a finesse and skill that's totally unbeatable. Buy it now, and you won't regret it."