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Buena Vista Social Club (Audio Cassette) [Import]

Ry Cooder Audio Cassette
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1. Chan Chan - Buena Vista Social Club, Eliades Ochoa
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3. Cuarto de Tula - Buena Vista Social Club, Ry Cooder
4. Pueblo Nuevo - Buena Vista Social Club, Rubén González
5. Dos Gardenias - Buena Vista Social Club, Ibrahim Ferrer
6. Y Tú Qué Has Hecho? - Buena Vista Social Club, Compay Segundo
7. Veinte Años - Buena Vista Social Club, Omara Portuondo
8. Carretero - Buena Vista Social Club, Eliades Ochoa
9. Candela - Buena Vista Social Club, Ibrahim Ferrer
10. Amor de Loca Juventud - Buena Vista Social Club, Compay Segundo, Compay Segundo
11. Orgullecida - Buena Vista Social Club, Compay Segundo
12. Murmullo - Buena Vista Social Club, Ibrahim Ferrer
13. Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club, Ry Cooder
14. Bayamesa - Buena Vista Social Club, Manuel "Puntillita" Licea

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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cuban music for starters Nov. 28 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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. Comparing this CD with other genre of music is not a smart thing to do. If you don't like it, you don't like it. But that doesn't mean it is bad music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Unbelievable! Feb. 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
Buena Vista Social Club's self titled first album is musical excellence. Focusing predominantly on son, a traditional Cuban musical form, BVSC delivers, and with spectacular results. This collaborative masterpiece between BVSC and Ry Cooder simply must be experienced. From the first chords on the tres on "Chan Chan" to the final notes of "La Bayamesa", BVSC takes the listener on a trip to both Old Havana as well as rural Cuba. BVSC provides an excellent introduction to traditional Cuban music to those who are new to the genre, as well as a more than satisfying offering to even the most discerning Cuban music afficionado. In all honesty, I feel (and I think that most of this album's reviewers would tend to agree with me on this one) that to discredit this album is truly to demonstrate profound ignorance and lack of appreciation for son music, one of Cuba's oldest and most respected musical styles. In short, this album is ablsoutely essential listening and a must-buy, hands down. If you don't already own this album, buy it as soon as possible. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best... Jan. 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album. It offers some of the best Cuban music to date. I've enjoyed it over and over again. It contains many of the classic Afro-Cuban songs, and Cuban folk music I grew up with in Havana (I lived there from birth to age fifteen). It is amazing how Ibrahim Ferrer's voice renders this timeless music even more unforgettable. If you enjoy this album, please be sure to check out other old time Cuban artists like Beny More. He was nicknamed "El Barbaro del Ritmo," literal translation, 'The greatest of the rythym.' Some good choices include CDs like "Serie Platino: 20 Exitos," and "The Very Best of Beny More & His All Star Afro Cuban Big Band, Vol. 1." In fact, a couple of the songs in Buena Vista Social Club are originals of Beny More. You may also want to check out a group called 'Trio Matamoros.' Ditto for their music. A couple of the Buena Vista songs are originals of this group, one that comes to mind is "Lagrimas Negras." I hope you enjoy the Buena Vista Social Club CD as much as I do. Don't forget to check out the other artists I mentioned. Amazon.com has a great way to let you sample music from these artist CDs before you buy.
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Lets not beat around the bush regarding giving this album superlatives...this is one of the finest albums ever made. Sure!!...such comments are subjective, but the influence & creative power of this album virtually single-handedly put Cuban music back on the music map, as far as the rest of the world is concerned...unquestionably authentic, grippingly expressive, unbelievably passionate and sung by a group of individuals, who with their singing careers long since firmly behind them, undoubtedly had no idea how enthusiastically the rest of the world would embrace their music...so much so, that this album revived the careers of the participants involved (Some of whom, hadn't produced music for over 30 years)...and one listen to the first track "Chan Chan" will confirm their heavyweight status...and quite possibly the only thing that could possibly detract from the overall magnificence of this album is the recent death of singer/bandleader "Compay Segundo", for what is a truly remarkable album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply...amazing April 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
During a trip to Paris a few years ago, my aunt (knowing I had an affinity for Latin Jazz) took me to see a movie. I was so perturbed all the way to the cinema, dreading the idea of spending an afternoon in a movie theater while being in arguably the most beautiful and culturally splendid cities in the entire world. Two hours later my life had changed. I had discovered something that has since become so integrated into my personal defintions of "music," "passion," and "life" that I still wonder how I could have once lived without knowing this music. That movie was "The Buena Vista Social Club."
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Stunning. Oct. 29 2002
Format:Audio CD
"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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
música por la alma. estupendo
Published 1 month ago by Julia
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
I am a big Cuban traveler. This dvd exemplifies the mood and feel of the country. Very enjoyable if you like Cuban music.
Published 4 months ago by Anastasia Amor
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music
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 13 months ago by Sara T
1.0 out of 5 stars Buena Vista Social Club
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 more
Published 13 months ago by B Jasenn
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Surprise
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 more
Published on April 3 2012 by Jilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tunes from Superb Artists
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 more
Published on May 26 2006 by Terry Nightingale
2.0 out of 5 stars What Ever
You know what,get over it,if a dedicated cubafile like me is sick of seeing this album since it's concept still here,you need a life,Cuban music has nothing to do with these,be it... Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2004 by dominique.
4.0 out of 5 stars Aesome Latin music, but Cooder is not on...
Let me start of by saying that once we take away Ry Cooder's guitar playing on this, we have very authentic Cuban music. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2004 by August Murphy-King
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this cd.
I saw the video on PBS a couple of years ago. I was instantly hooked. I don't speak Spanish but like other reviewers have said, music is a universal language, and the beauty of... Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by John Candy
5.0 out of 5 stars Cuban Music Like Mama Used To Make
I happen to come across this cd by sheer luck. It is the best cd that I have purchased to date. I mixes latin jazz, big band and ballroom music all together. Read more
Published on April 28 2004
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