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  • Audio CD (23 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: World Circuit
  • ASIN: B000005J56
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ivan on 21 Feb 2006
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 By Primoz Peterlin on 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 By Wanobi on 26 Dec 2004
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 By A Customer on 18 Jan 2001
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 2004
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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By kriess@mega.co.za on 12 Sep 2000
Format: Vinyl
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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