BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB AT CARNEGIE HALL [VINYL]
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"Buena Vista Social Club At Carnegie Hall" is only the second album ever released by the original Buena Vista Social Club; this extraordinary collection of Cuba's greatest musicians includes Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo, Cachaíto López and Guajiro Mirabal. The Carnegie Hall concert was a unique event that can never be repeated. It was the focus of the Wim Wenders award winning film which has helped spread the story of the incredible characters that made up the band. 2008 marks the 10th anniversary of the Carnegie Hall concert. Produced by Ry Cooder and the same talented team that produced the original album. The album includes previously unpublished photographs from the concert and a 4,000 word sleeve note by Ry Cooder and the musicians themselves. The performances on the album are absolutely brilliant and capture a collective enthusiasm, warmth, energy and feeling of triumph that was felt together by both audience and band that special night back in 1998. Personnel: Juan de Marcos González - (bandleader, backing vocals, güiro), Ry Cooder - (guitars), Rubén González - (piano), Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo, Hugo Garzón, Pío Leyva, Manuel 'Puntillita' Licea - (vocals), Manuel 'Guajiro' Mirabal, Octavio Calderón - (trumpet), Jesús 'Aguaje' Ramos - (trombone), Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa - (guitar, vocals), Benito Suárez Magana - (guitar), Barbarito Torres - (laoud), Orlando 'Cachaíto' López, Salvador Repilado - (bass), Joachim Cooder - (drums, percussion), Alberto 'Virgilio' Valdés - (maracas, backing vocals), Amadito Valdés - (timbales), Angel 'Terry' Domech - (congas), Roberto García - (bongos, cowbell, güiro)
Top Customer Reviews
The recording is exuberant and really captures the atmosphere, great musicianship and spirit of the event. I can't recommend this highly enough.....if you loved the original BVSC album you will find something new to appreciate in these live performances!
All the musicians featured were also on the studio album. They may be in their 70's, 80's and 90's. Some of them even retired, but here they all are making their US debuts and this recording shows what we've been missing.
The concert is structured around the studio album featuring favourites like 'Candela', 'El Carretero' and 'Chan Chan' but there is plenty of opportunity for them to improvise and there are some superb solos as well. The piano playing by the late, great Ruben Gonzalez is worth the price of the CD alone! The quality of the musicianship is outstanding throughout and puts many younger ones to shame.
It is a fitting tribute to these remarkable musicians, some of whom have sadly passed away. This CD and its studio album was made for the love of music, not because a record contract stipulated they had to be in the studio to make it. Surely that is the rarest quality of all.
Viva La Vida? I don't think so, Viva BVSC! Viva Cuba!
This is folk, jazz, dance -but more than that- sheer beauty and joy combined with technical excellence and a real feel for the music and sound they create. I defy you to hear see them play and not leave with a smile on your face!
But while the Buena Vistas are the first of the Cuban bands to be heard in the west, be in no doubt that there are many younger and possibly even better bands still waiting to be heard in the west.
I would just love the success of the Buena Vistas to prompt record companies now to snap up bands like Los Cuarteto Hermanos (who most of you are yet to hear outisde of Havana) and their wonderful violin player Elisabeth Corralles so we can all hear them for ourselves.
The legendary Cuban old timers at their finest moment, all together live in the venue none of them ever dreamed they would perform in: Carnegie Hall.
To get the live performance in an album with all the talent, emotion and enthusiasm of the performance that night is a gift to those of us who love this music.
This will never happen again, but we can savor it and dream back with this album. Magic.
Well done BV social club & producer RyCooder!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant. Kind of grows in the level of sophistication. Not necessarily an instant hit, but an edgy chill that builds, if there is such a thing which here there is I suppose.Published 15 months ago by J. FRY