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  • Audio CD (9 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00004SVHO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. La Sitiera
2. He Perdido Contigo
3. Donde Estabas Tu?
4. Mariposita De Primavera
5. Canta Lo Sentimental
6. Ella Y Yo
7. No Me Vayas A Enganar
8. No Me Llores Mas
9. Veinte Anos
10. El Hombre Que Yo Ame (The Man I Love)
11. Siempre En Mi Corazon

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "katrine_nohr" on 5 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio CD
The beuatiful voice of Omara Portuondo can not be forgotten when first heard. Her voice drifts slowly into your heart and never escapes again. She sing with a strong voice which enriches the traditional Cuban music. When first hearing her sound, you realize at once what a powerful lady she is. A powerful lady who represents Cuba as it is, a nation of strong, beautiful people.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Omara Portuondo's enchanting voice will get you addicted 27 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I watched Buena Vista Social Club, I especially loved the studio recording of "Silencio" with Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo and also "Veinte Anos" from the Carnegie Hall concert. When I listened to this CD for the first time, I couldn't believe just how good Omara Portuondo really sings. In a variety of Cuban styles (Guajira, Bolero, Mambo, Son, ...) she sings about lost love. But even though the themes of the songs are similar, the music is always completely different (sometimes even Jazz-like). I think at least half of the songs on this album are my favorite songs now. In case you just watched the movie but don't have the soundtrack, you should be aware that the version of "Veinte Anos" is very different from the version on the Buena Vista Social Club album (the movie soundtrack). It's much slower and has - except for the lyrics and tristess - not much in common with the "original". Beautiful music!
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
worthwhile for the collector of Cuban music 13 Jun. 2000
By M. H. Bayliss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For those who are expecting dance music, this is definitely not your CD. The Billie Holiday comparision is apt in some ways: this is melancholy music, not your high charged son montuno or salsa. If you are looking for that type of music, go for some of the other BVSC discs. Some of these tracks are incredible -- and you don't have to listen to Ry Cooder's grating slide on every track. My personal favorite is "no me llores mas." This disc brougth back memories of one of my favorite singers of this type of mellow-er music: Esther Borja. Her CD's are out of print (many of them), but Portuondo sings many of the same songs that Borja sang, but with a much huskier voice. If you enjoy the more ballad-like side of Cuban music, you will not be able to get enough of this CD.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Bravisimo! 11 May 2000
By "endofthegame" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Listening to the ethereal voice of Omara Portuondo is a pleasure. This CD expounds greatly on the Buena Vista Social Club's recordings and showcases Cuba's greatest singer. Her voice is in the tradition of the great African American singers such as Sarah Vaughn, Morgana King and Ella Fitzgerald. I encourage you to sit back and take in every note of her precious voice. She will take you to another world...
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
great work 11 May 2000
By Luigi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The album of Omara Portuondo is superlative. The atmosphere andthe sound are similar to those of the album of Ibrahim Ferrer, but themusical arrangements are better balanced, and allow the listener to better appreciate the beautiful voice of Omara Portuondo. You will listen lot of different styles including mambo, bolero, son, and a composition of Gerschwin that is appropriate to justify the comparison of Omara with Billie Holliday. I hope this album will sell lots of copies, even if it's completely different from the bunch of stupid commercial latin-pop music that is invading the markets. Allow me to say that I suggest to listen this album to all the Cuban living in USA and those living in Cuba as well. This music is so nice that may help to conciliate the souls of the two communities and find out again the rich common cultural background.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Really Great! 23 May 2000
By Marol - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I recommend this CD to anyone, Spanish-speaking or not. I just recently bought it, and I must say that I enjoyed all the songs, but my favorite one is "He perdido contigo". I wish I could compare her to another one of the great singers, but none come to mind. Her style and wonderful voice are unique, and her accompaniment is truly superb. This definitely won't be my last Omara Portuondo CD!
Another thing that I found particularly helpful was that Spanish as well as English lyrics are included in the booklet.
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