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Ry Cooder, Buena Vista Social Club Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (3 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: World Circuit
  • ASIN: B00000B5LO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chan Chan
2. De Camino A La Vereda
3. El Cuarto De Tula
4. Pueblo Nuevo
5. Dos Gardenias
6. Y Tu Que Has Hecho
7. Veinte Anos
8. El Carretero
9. Candela
10. Amor De Loca Juventud
11. Orgullecida
12. Murmullo
13. Buena Vista Social Club
14. La Bayamesa

Product Description

Ry Cooder's name has helped bring attention to this session, but it's the veteran Cuban son musicians who make this album really special. Reminiscent of Ellington in its scope and sense of hushed romanticism, Buena Vista Social Club is that rare meld of quietude and intensity; while the players sound laid-back, they're putting forth very alive music, a reminder that aging doesn't mean taking to bed. Barbarito Torres's laoud solo on "El Cuarto de Tula" is both more blinding and more tasteful than any guitar showcase on any recent rock album; a quote from "Stormy Weather" and some very distinct parallels to Hawaiian styles remind us of why it's called "world music." --Rickey Wright

Product Description

Special edition cardboard sleeve. Original 1997 release of 14 tracks with large insert booklet

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great remastering 21 Feb 2006
By Ivan
Format:DVD Audio
In terms of sound, this is probably the closest you get to a true Cuban cafe somewhere in Cienfuegos. As many of you may know the songs on this DVD-A already, I will limit my comment to the sound quality. It's simply superb! If you own the film on DVD (in DD 5.1) already and have a DVD-A player at home, don't hesitate! It's better sound quality and the songs are not interrupted. Remix well done Mr. Cooder!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully romantic 23 Jun 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is the record that started all the recent Cuban craze. A simplified version of the story: Son, danzon and bolero were played in thriving clubs in Havana before WWII and in years following it. Compay Segundo, Ruben Gonzalez, Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo and the rest were masters of the art. Then in 1959 Castro liberated - or invaded, as you like it - Cuba and virtually isolated it from the rest of the world. And while outside the music became MTV-ized and globalized to the point where the music produced in Sweden is indistinguishable from that made in California, the guys in Cuba continued to do what they did best: they played son, danzon and bolero - all until Ry Cooder discovered them in 1997 and turned them into a success that vastly overshadowed his own musical efforts.

Actually, getting them together required some detective work, as some of them have already given up their musical careers. Hardly surprising: Ruben Gonzales is 80, and Compay Segundo is 92. Buena Vista Social Club - named after an actual club in Havana, demolished already for decades - provides an anthological overview of styles played 50 years ago, and the sound you might recognize on your father's (or grandfather's) LP's. Well, almost - Ry Cooder felt the urge to put some personal touch on the whole thing, in form of slide guitar (cf. "Orgullecida"). I wish he could resist the temptation. Still, it's a very beautiful and romantic record, one that makes you ask your sweetheart for a dance.

CD comes with a 48-page booklet, which includes bilingual (Spanish/English) lyrics and some accompanying text. If you like this record, you might also want to check the solo albums that followed. There is also a pseudo-documentary movie by the same name, directed by Wim Wenders. And, go and check whether Afro-Cuban All Stars are touring somewhere near you.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure magic! 26 Dec 2004
By Wanobi
Format:Audio CD
If you love music you'll adore this masterpiece. Hauntingly beautiful from start to finish it's melodic, intoxicating, sensual latin rythms will transport you to a place and time that only true passion can. Shut your eyes and open your mind to something truly extraordinary that you rarely come across, perhaps once or twice in a lifetime of music. I love music in all it's shapes and forms but this recording of real musicians creating something magical will outlive anything you've heard before. This music is beyond mere ratings, it is immensely powerful, passionate and of a beauty indescribeable. Once played never forgotten.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It appeals to everyone. 18 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Being the last person you'd ever expect to listen to Cuban music (my collection of metal CDs would show that), this album really stuck in my mind. It is an incredibly emotive record - perfect to chill out to. The musicians know exactly how to create the perfect musical effect, and at times, the listener is made to feel like they're physically in the recording session.It's a fantastic experience, and the effortlessly impeccable production only adds to the already perfectly polished bigger picture. This is an album for people who genuinely love music. Don't ask me to name a preferred song, because the genius of the work lies in the sum of the parts.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cuban Masterpiece 12 Sep 2000
I have no words to describe how brilliant this recording is. Buena Vista Social Club bring alive the music that has sustained Cuba as far back as the 1920s. Listening to the likes of Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzalez, Eliades Ochoa, Compay Segundo and Omara Portuondo paint a picture of a vibrant and soulful Cuba from the not too distant past. Needless to say, all musicians on this album have such incredible talent, that it is difficult to believe that we've missed out on such a musical extravagance for over 50 years. I have not come across a singer that can deliver such heartfelt passion in their music like Ibrahim Ferrer (83) and Compay Segundo (93), but the person that moved me the most on this recording was the 77 year old pianist Ruben Gonzalez. You just have to listen to PUEBLO NUEVO and MURMULLO to realise this man's incredible talent. It is hard to believe that Ruben virtually had given up playing due to arthritis in his hands, and that he has no piano at home.
It is amazing to think that none of the musicians received recognition at the height of their careers, and seeing their current living conditions is a humbling experience. Nonetheless, I am happy that they achieved fame at last. All songs on this album are masterpieces, and this album will move you like no other. This recording is worth ten times its price, and it is one of my most treasured items in my music collection. It is a nostalgic, yet brilliant piece of Cuba.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 9 April 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is absolutely fantastic, if you do not own this album- own it now! From the very start you will be amazed and totally intoxicated by the music- its performed with so much passion it will leave you gobsmacked. "Candela" is bloody brilliant, in fact every song is fantastic. Its the kind of album you can listen to to suit all your moods and situations, whether it be relaxing on a sunday afternoon or before goin out partying on a friday night. So in short its superb! (There are not enough superlatives to review this gem of an album.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
first class
Published 10 days ago by ian milburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Rumba till you Tumba
Good Latin music
Published 1 month ago by Kayladybug
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The CD was brilliant. Just waiting for the DVD to arrive now.
Published 1 month ago by MARY COOK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it.
Published 2 months ago by Shirley Isaacs
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric
Beautiful, atmospheric music. I love every single track. Since buying this, I've listened to it all the time and played it for my family. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S Birkbeck
5.0 out of 5 stars great variety on this CD
I really enjoy the changes in tempo and style in this mix. I have it playing in the background which adds to the chill factor
Published 9 months ago by Anne Serman
5.0 out of 5 stars Soooo good.
I love this CD, I play it a lot. You can really chill out , kick off the shoes and a pour a yourself a glass
Published 10 months ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great album!
Just come to this (only 15 years late). What a great example of Cuban music. Ry Cooder had been building up to this for years - check out He'll Have To Go from late 70s
Published 11 months ago by J. Gooch
5.0 out of 5 stars Milestone Grammy-winner from Havana
This 1998 Grammy winner was the first and greatest of the traditional Cuban Café recordings to receive worldwide airplay and recognition. Read more
Published 13 months ago by The Guardian
4.0 out of 5 stars Good background music
I love the first track Chan chan, very evocative lol. The rest of the album is a wide range of latino music, find its good to have on in the background if having a meal with... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cazza
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