"Buena Vista Social Club" is the album that ignited my love affair with the rich and warm sounds of Cuban music. The album's intricate melodies and impassioned vocals glide through these excellent tracks, all produced by Ry Cooder. But while Cooder takes helm of the production, the real stars are the vocalists and the band members who breathe energy, feeling, and zest into this stellar recording. The opener "Chan Chan" is a gentle and laid back number equipped with effective percussion, a spicy dash of guitars, and well-harmonized vocals from Eliades Ochoa, Compay Segundo, and Ibrahim Ferrer. I was left in awe by the pretty melody of "De Camino a La Vereda" and the sharp trumpeting in "El Cuarto de Tula." But I was most impressed by the dynamite Ibrahim Ferrer who takes lead vocals in "Candela," an uptempo number which soars due to tasty acoustic guitars and percussion. Sensual, tender, emotional, and full of life, "The Buena Vista Social Club" is a towering and riveting experience. It's a rare beauty that will leave you amazed.