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  • Audio CD (9 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Not Now Music
  • ASIN: B001URRXF2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.

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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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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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Terrific CD - bought to be played at Women's world day of prayer (centering this year on Cuba)

The lady who was organising it thought this CD was wonderful - provided background music as the ladies came in and later were having a cup fo tea
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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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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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Nothing to displease me on this double album of well known and more obscure Cuban music. The rhythms just get to you and flavours of Havana, Cienfuegos, Camaguay and Santiago de Cuba flow freely as the melodies go on and on.
Great value.
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Old style mono recordings,quality awful,bought as a present,husband hates it!
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On my list of regularly played CDs. Very enjoyable although some of it is rather dated but great all the same.
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