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The Essential Cuban Anthology


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  • Audio CD (9 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Not Now Music
  • ASIN: B001URRXF2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,760 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. El YayaboRuben Gonzalez 2:43£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Me Diras Que SabrosoCompay Segundo 3:35£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. El Platanal De BartoloIbrahim Ferrer 3:00£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Oye Mi RitmoOmara Portuondo 2:19£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. En GuantanamoAbelardo Barroso 2:54£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. El Amore Es Una Cosa EsplendosaRuben Gonzalez 2:52£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Comiendo Y CantandoPio Levya 3:11£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Suena Tu BongoConjuto Roberto Faz 2:40£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Bodas De OroIbrahim Ferrer 3:09£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Nuestras VidasRuben Gonzalez 3:00£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Eso Se HinchaLa Sonora Matancera 2:53£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. MacorinaPio Levya 3:03£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Don PantaleonCelio Gonzalez 2:48£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. NosotrosRuben Gonzalez 3:10£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. El Jarabe Locoel Negro Peregrino 2:53£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Goza NegraCelia Cruz 3:06£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. La Campina CubanaAlfredito Valdez And Trio Caney 3:02£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Ya Tu Lo Ves CampeonChapotin And His Estrellas 3:02£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Recuerdo De VaraderoPio Levya 3:08£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. TabelenOrlando Contreras 2:52£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Van BernabeCelia Cruz 2:52£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Soy Del MoteBeny More 2:47£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Como Le DeciaRaul Diaz 2:41£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Los Tres ViolinsRuben Gonzalez 3:00£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen25. CandidoTito Puente 2:32£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Juancito TrucupeyCelia Cruz 2:43£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen27. ZambiaMacHito 3:09£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Francisco GuayabalBeny More 2:23£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Mango MangueAldemaro Romero 2:36£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Tin Tin DeoChano Pozo And James Moody 2:30£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Tu No Eres NadieTito Puente 2:49£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Rumbas CubanasLecuona Cuban Boys 2:57£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen33. BabaluDesi Arnaz 3:35£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Tirando TiroBebo Valdes With Sabor De Cuba 2:51£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Cao Cao Mani PicaoVarious artists 3:00£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen36. PatriciaPerez Prado 2:19£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen37. CancionMario Bauza With Machito 2:56£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen38. Porque Eu SurfesChano Pozo & Machito 2:47£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen39. Oyela, GozalaCelia Cruz 2:56£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen40. Maracaibo OrientalBeny More 3:06£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen41. MosaicoLecuona Cuban Boys 3:06£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen42. No Lo Hago MasVincentino Valdes & Tito Puente 3:03£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen43. Toque OyoAngel Rolando 2:58£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen44. Asia MinorMario Bauza With Machito 3:12£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen45. Tico TicoDesi Arnaz 3:03£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen46. BurundangaCelia Cruz 2:40£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen47. Merengues, NoBebo Valdes With Sabor De Cuba 3:00£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen48. Mambo No.5Perez Prado 2:48£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen49. Que Bueno Baila UstedBeny More 3:11£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen50. TinguaroTito Puente 3:12£0.69  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Along with rum and cigars, the music of Cuba has proved a hugely successful export for many a year. The early decades of the last century saw bands from the island playing for the socialites of New York and Paris, a period when terms like rumba, mambo and cha-cha-cha entered the international vocabulary. Featured here are 50 tracks by the cream of the Cuban artists, incuding many artists that would later form Buena Vista Social Club. Buena Vista translates as 'Beautiful View' - this is beautiful listening in any language.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cuban Music Fan on 25 Mar 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
At £3.50 for 50 classic tracks it's impossible to find a better value and broader introduction to the golden days of Cuban music. The choice of artists is excellent and many styles are represented here. Play some of the the MP3 samples on Amazon Essential Cuban Anthology (Amazon Edition) if you are not sure and I think you'll buy it straight away.

Please don't forget this is music from an earlier era and not some tacky, synthesiser-filled, hi-tech salsa recorded recently. Don't expect modern recording standards to apply. This music has real class and you could listen to it or play it as background music according to your mood.

Be careful - you may get hooked.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jéssica Cécile on 10 Jan 2010
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You couldn't make the wrong choice in buying this album if you love the authentic sound of Cuba. This is an album recorded without any synthesizers, which gives it this authentic sound.
My favourite songs are definitely "El Yayabo", "Me Diras Que Sabroso", El Platanal De Bartolo", "Suena Tu Bongo", "Bodas De Oro", "Eso Se Hincha", "Tabelen", "Ven Bernabe", "Francisco Guayabal", "Toque Oyo", "Merengues, No" and "Mambo Nr.5".
A very good mix of Salsa, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha and even Rumba. An album full of the best and most widely known Salsa music componists. Most of the songs are quite old, but they haven't lost any of their sound and sparkle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Rylla Dragan on 14 Nov 2011
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This album is absolutely excellent, just like all the others I purchased. It certainly takes me back to the streets of Havana with its mesmerizing magic and sounds of the bongo and other cuban musical instruments. It is highly recommended to new listeners of Cuban music. It is such a pity it has taken so long to discover this magic and re-create the genius of these old timers. Thanks to the American guy who had such a good taste in quality music and faith in those who brought this wonder back to life.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alan Hill on 13 May 2011
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Fantastic artists, a terrific collection, great price, but the quality of these so called digitally remastered recordings was so poor that I could only manage three tracks before ejecting the disc. There is no note in the description describing these as sub-standard or archive recordings so back to Amazon the disc boldly went, toute de suite.
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By Kelly Ravel on 18 May 2014
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Love it thank you, started Salsa dancing & want to start a collection and will probably buy more as i go.
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By Mr. Mark Pickles on 14 Mar 2014
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Sure the recording quality is a little poor and it is definitely of the era. Live band live singers and I guess most tracks recorded in one take. Pity I missed the live version!
Mark
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Love this album. Great if you have friends around for dinner.just put it on and it lasts all evening.Brill background music with a chilled out cuban beat!
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Wipe away winter blues with this excellent compilation. For sound buffs, yes, some tracks sound dated, but for pure joy, buy it!
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