on 16 July 2003
This review is biased; written on the day Compay Segundo's obituary is front-page news. Not bad for someone who spent more than 85 years in such relative obscurity. What clinches this as the great album is Compay's version of "Guantanamera". This Cuban classic of early revolution can be pedestrian (any Filipino band in a Far East Hotel), prissy (sorry Armanda and the kids) or sanctimonious (well, Pete Seeger obviously). With Compay it is just the most fun and typically with Compay remains subversive . Someone who lived, and lusted, that long should have taken better care of himself. Hasta luego.
on 5 May 2003
It seems incredible that a singer can still be singing when in his 90's. I was prepared to make allowances for his age, but no, that's not necessary.
The familiar "Guatanamera" comes across as a fresh arrangement, and the less familiar soon become favorites. That is my experience here.
This is for those who enjoy Cuban music and a CD which will easily win new converts. Very highly recommended.