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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I´ve run out of superlatives for this.
For me this is one the greatest musical recordings I´ve had the pleasure to listen to, from the first note to the very last.
This brilliant Cuban singer showcases his stunning abilites in a tour de force of Cuban music. While this album boasts it´s fair share of upbeat moments, witness the pulsating,"cinefuegos tiene su Guaguanco," and the raw power...
Published on 1 Mar. 2006 by David Johnson

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3.0 out of 5 stars IBRAHIM FERRER...BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB
Its good but not one of my favourites.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I´ve run out of superlatives for this., 1 Mar. 2006
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David Johnson "El Burrito" (Buenos Aires) - See all my reviews
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For me this is one the greatest musical recordings I´ve had the pleasure to listen to, from the first note to the very last.
This brilliant Cuban singer showcases his stunning abilites in a tour de force of Cuban music. While this album boasts it´s fair share of upbeat moments, witness the pulsating,"cinefuegos tiene su Guaguanco," and the raw power of,"Marieta," it´s on the more subtle, romantic tracks that Ferrer really showcases his genius. "Silencio," is the trembling voice of a dejected, broken man walking along the bay dreaming of his lost love. His voice is so clear and pure but yet at the sametime it sounds so vulnerable. "Herido de sombras," is another demonstration of the shere beauty of this guy´s voice. A personal favourite of mine is "Nuestra ultima cita."
Those who like Cuban music will know how breathtakingly talented and versatile the island´s musicians are. Well on this album he´s accompanied by the very best, legends like González and Galbán. This voice is more than worthy of this incredible collection of musicians. Ry Cooder´s production is excellent, he shepherd´s the record brilliantly and it retains a very authentic feel.
You don´t need a grasp of Spanish to understand the beauty of this and like the rest of the Buena Vista records it trancends musical genres and is very accessible to every music lover.
Stunning.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Crooner Since Ol' Blue Eyes, 8 Mar. 2004
This album is full to the brim with ballads and dances to set any girl's heart a-fluttering. The stand-out track
is called Silencio and is a duet, the recording of which was featured on the film "Buena Vista Social Club".
If you liked the album from the film, then you'll love this CD - buy it now!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great voice, great style., 22 May 2000
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This is my first foray into Cuban music having been a long fan of Jazz and bossa nova.
His music is refreshing with a great smooth voice and beautiful style. It is a wonder that only recently has the world recognised his talents. His voice carries extremely well and he could probably do the whole gig without the band.
Due credit however must be given to the band. The saxophone solo in one of the songs (I forget which) is especially enticing.
The music provides a good balance of slow and fast pieces with both individual performances and duets.
The booklet in front of the CD case carries the lyrics and the transalation which is a nice touch for those of us who don't understand the langauge.
I'll be waiting for his next release......
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing...., 18 Nov. 2006
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From the first track 'Bruca Manigua' (which you will replay over and over) to the last. This album is simply Unbelievable. I only discovered Buena Vista with the free Movie cd with my Sunday Times a couple of weeks ago and Ibrahim Ferrer is just an undiscovered Legend in my books. Well, up till the last few years of his life. GET THIS!!!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rythm and Rum, 10 Aug. 2003
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As a late-comer to the Cuban music scene I have missed out on several notable albums, however if you only buy one Cuban music CD then let it be this one.
It is, without a doubt, the perfect antidote to British seasons. In summer there is nothing better than sitting with a Cuba Libra in the garden, listening to the velvet tones of Ibrahim. In winter it will put a smile on your face and sun-shine in your heart.
Congratulations to Ry Cooder for resurrecting the adulation deserved of this unique voice, but do not forget all others whose talent makes this album a genuine "find".
Buy it, enjoy it, and forever more be a converted Ferrer-phile!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is as good as it gets. As good as Nat King Cole, 11 Dec. 1999
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This music is so rich and refreshing in its content. The roots of this music bring to mind that Nat King Cole did have contemporaries that never made it like he did, more because of the political system in Cuba, rather than lack of talent. This CD is better than the Buena Vista socail club (if that is at all possible!) It is smooth, and romantic, and his voice is to die for...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid performance from the Senior Statesman of Cubana, 26 Jun. 2003
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ST Nicholls "viggenboy" (Saxmundham, Suffolk UK) - See all my reviews
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A solid and very pleasing perfomance from the senior statesman of cuban music. Some very relaxed and tuneful songs in the traditional cuban mood. If you're new to Cuban Music buy "Buenos Hermanos" first, as the production is much better and the songs are much more upbeat. However if you're expanding your Cuban collection this is a definite "must have".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb Cuban recording - Highly recommended, 6 Jun. 2011
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This is truly a masterpiece. Not much to add to what everyone else who has heard this has said. Go out and treat yourself. Singers like this don't come around very often.

If you like this or the Manual 'Guajira' Mirabal CD and you would like to try something Cuban from the 1950's in a similar style then play the soundfiles to either of the Cheo Marquetti CD's available on Amazon. See what you think.Cheo Marquetti Y Su Conjunto or Legends of Cuban Music.

The MP3 versions of Cheo's CD's are more competitively priced.Región Matancera or Cheo Marquetti but many of the tracks appear on both CD's. Absolutely delightful music.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Son from one of Cuba's finest., 30 May 2003
After a decades of virtually musical obscurity Ibrahim Ferrer burst into the global music scene with his superb vocal contribution to the legendary Buena Vista Social Club album.
Ibrahim's rich emotive voice has definately matured with age and when coupled with the superb production on this album you cant go wrong. There is some hot Son action here and plenty of horns! Its joyous music and a good representation of Cuban music despite its commercial appeal. For me this beats his latest album 'Buenos Hermanos' but both are essential for any beginner to Cuban music.
I never thought I would buy an album made by a 76 year old man, but this is no ordinary 76 year old!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sound of Cuba!, 1 Jan. 2006
This is a fantastic album, anyone who enjoys a bit of cuban should invest there hard earned cash in this album.
Its a huge shame that Ibrahim Ferrer is no longer with us and that we wont hear from the Buena Vista Social Club.
Best song on the Album has to be Cinefuegos Tiene Su Guaguanco.
This is the sort of album you'd listen to with a bottle of wine, a nice cigar and a beautifull lady!
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