Buena Vista Social Club (Audio Cassette) Import
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This Grammy award winning album features legendary guitarist Ry Cooder on assorted guitars with the cream of Cuban's finest musicians. Certified Platinum by the RIAA (1/00).
Ry Cooder's name has helped bring attention to this session, but it's the veteran Cuban son musicians who make this album really special. Reminiscent of Ellington in its scope and sense of hushed romanticism, Buena Vista Social Club is that rare meld of quietude and intensity; while the players sound laid-back, they're putting forth very alive music, a reminder that aging doesn't mean taking to bed. Barbarito Torres's laoud solo on "El Cuarto de Tula" is both more blinding and more tasteful than any guitar showcase on any recent rock album; a quote from "Stormy Weather" and some very distinct parallels to Hawaiian styles remind us of why it's called "world music." --Rickey Wright --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The music is the quintessence of "breathtaking." The story-telling poetry and conflagrant rhythms will hold your attention from the opening strums of "Chan Chan" all the way through the fading seconds of "La Bayamesa." I could not possibly recommend any other album more highly than this one. If you are a music lover in the purest sense, you have to own this CD. I also highly suggest renting/buying the documentary to fully appreciate the stories behind the performers and songs. Their personalities alone will endear you to some of the most talented and passionate yet almost tragically forgotten artists ever.
The Buena Vista Social Club literally changed my life...and I have my stubborn old aunt to thank for it.
Most recent customer reviews
We love these CDs as they take us back to seeing them in person in Cuba!Published 3 months ago by Carol Throndson
I am a big Cuban traveler. This dvd exemplifies the mood and feel of the country. Very enjoyable if you like Cuban music.Published 22 months ago by AA
First heard this cd while sitting on the front steps of our house enjoying the warm evening, mid-summer, sipping drinks. Almost led me to believe I was back in Cuba.Published on Aug. 22 2013 by Sara T
Don't Order this CD ! After reading the great reviews I decided to purchase this CD for something new. The recording quality is not great and the song selections are just boring. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2013 by B Jasenn
When I received the CD Buena Vista Social Club, I was anxious to play it as I had spent a week in Cuba and had regretted not buying a CD there. Read morePublished on April 3 2012 by Jilla
This album stands up to many listenings, and never seems to get tiresome. The material is a compilation of the traditional and contemporary songs popular during Cuba's musical... Read morePublished on May 26 2006 by Terry Nightingale
This CD is so mesmerizing that you cannot stop listening to it even after you've stopped the CD. The more you listen to it, the more you realize what really music is all about. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2004