Buena Vista Social Club

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All Music Guide - Steve McMullen
This album is named after a members-only club that was opened in Havana in pre-Castro times, a period of unbelievable musical activity in Cuba. While bandleader Desi Arnaz became a huge hit in the States, several equally talented musicians never saw success outside their native country, and have had nothing but their music to sustain them during the Castro reign. Ry Cooder went to Cuba to record a musical documentary of these performers. Many of the musicians on this album have been playing for more than a half century, and they sing and play with an obvious love for the material. Cooder could have recorded these songs without paying the musicians a cent; one can imagine...
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All Music Guide - Steve McMullen
This album is named after a members-only club that was opened in Havana in pre-Castro times, a period of unbelievable musical activity in Cuba. While bandleader Desi Arnaz became a huge hit in the States, several equally talented musicians never saw success outside their native country, and have had nothing but their music to sustain them during the Castro reign. Ry Cooder went to Cuba to record a musical documentary of these performers. Many of the musicians on this album have been playing for more than a half century, and they sing and play with an obvious love for the material. Cooder could have recorded these songs without paying the musicians a cent; one can imagine them jumping up and grabbing for their instruments at the slightest opportunity, just to play. Most of the songs are a real treasure, traversing a lot of ground in Cuba's musical history. There's the opening tune, "Chan Chan," a composition by 89-year-old Compay Segundo, who was a bandleader in the '50s; the cover of the early-'50s tune "De Camino a la Verada," sung by the 72-year-old composer Ibrahim Ferrer, who interrupted his daily walk through Havana just long enough to record; or the amazing piano playing on "Pablo Nuevo" by 77-year-old Rubén González, who has a unique style that blends jazz, mambo, and a certain amount of playfulness. All of these songs were recorded live -- some of them in the musicians' small apartments -- and the sound is incredibly deep and rich, something that would have been lost in digital recording and overdubbing. Cooder brought just the right amount of reverence to this material, and it shows in his production, playing, and detailed liner notes. If you get one album of Cuban music, this should be the one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/1997
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597947823
  • Catalog Number: 79478
  • Sales rank: 2,071

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chan Chan - Buena Vista Social Club (4:16)
  2. 2 De Camino a la Vereda - Buena Vista Social Club (5:03)
  3. 3 El Cuarto de Tula - Buena Vista Social Club (7:27)
  4. 4 Pueblo Nuevo - Buena Vista Social Club (6:05)
  5. 5 Dos Gardenias - Buena Vista Social Club (3:02)
  6. 6 Y Tú Qué Has Hecho? - Buena Vista Social Club (3:13)
  7. 7 Veinte Años - Buena Vista Social Club (3:29)
  8. 8 El Carretero - Buena Vista Social Club (3:28)
  9. 9 Candela - Buena Vista Social Club (5:27)
  10. 10 Amor de Loca Juventud - Buena Vista Social Club (3:21)
  11. 11 Orgullecida - Buena Vista Social Club (3:18)
  12. 12 Murmullo - Buena Vista Social Club (3:50)
  13. 13 Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club (4:50)
  14. 14 La Bayamesa - Buena Vista Social Club (2:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ry Cooder Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Multi Instruments
Omara Portuondo Vocals, Track Performer
Joachim Cooder Multi Instruments
Julio Fernandez Maracas, Vocals
Rubén González Piano, Track Performer
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez Bass
Eliades Ochoa Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Alberto Valdés Maracas, Choir, Chorus
Carlos González Bongos, cowbell
Manuel "El Guajiro" Mirabal Bass, Trumpet
Benito Suárez Magana Guitar
Julienne Oviedo Sánchez Timbales
Compay Segundo Guitar, Conga, Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Ibrahim Ferrer Vocals, Background Vocals, Multi Instruments, Track Performer
Juan de Marcos González Conductor, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Guiro
Barbarito Torres Laoud
Salvador Repilado Labrada Bass
Manuel "Puntillita" Licea Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Luis Barzaga Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Lázaro Villa Conga, Guiro
Buena Vista Social Club Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Ry Cooder Producer, Liner Notes
Maria Rodriguez Contributor, Song Transcriptions
Jerry Boys Engineer
Nick Gold Executive Producer, Sleeve Notes
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Larry Hirsch Engineer
Alberto Valdés Contributor
Jenny Adlington translation
Nigel Williamson Contributor, Sleeve Notes
Juan de Marcos González Song Transcriptions
Francesca Clarke translation
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    It's a vacation on a disc

    Listen to this CD and you'll feel mellow for days. Listen to it on a cold winter day and you'll feel tropical warmth. This is my favorite CD purchase of 2009. I truly admire these performers... they still have "it."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fantastic--buy this CD

    I bought this CD after viewing the documentary while a student at Univ. of Edinburgh in Scotland, February 2000. After almost 8 years, it continues to be one of the most played CD's in my library. I love all of the songs, but especially "Viente Anos," "Candela," and "El Cuarto de Tula." Even my friends who don't go for Latin music outside of when eating at a Mexican restaurant have been floored by this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Magical...

    This is truly a great album and will be remembered as a classic. If you need to know if its "listenable" then throw your inhibitions away and get lost in the magical sound of this record. I'm not into Latin music at all (Mr. Bungle rock) but this is an album everyone should enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONLY BY ACCIDENT

    i got this cd by accident from a friend from germany n' living here in egypt... it's very nice classical latin music played by old musicans whom they got the keys to entertain themselves with the music they like as to entertain us all allover the world..... how the words seemed to be that easy with no strong language but including thousands of nice meanings thnx to buena vista SC to entertain us that much n' thnx to ma friend for the accident :) sherio

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my favorite CD's

    I love the variety of the music and the history of the artists. I fell in love with this music when I was staying at our resort in Cancun and had to have it. That was before I knew anything about the Social Club. Since then I've heard it in many different countries. I listen to it over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is Ear Candy!!! A Must Have!

    The instrumental music/orchestra is amazing, as well as the singer's warm voice! This CD makes you want to dance to the slow as well as to the fast songs. It truly captures the essence of Cuban style music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    The Greatest album of the world Best song: all Best singer: all Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    cool!!!

    i have seen their VCD after i bought this cd. it's cool and very worth to keep one. when u listen to their music, u just can't help yourself to move your body....and experience their wonderful music....great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENCE!!!!!!!!!

    I fell in love with this group after watching the 2 hour documentary, the following day I went to purchase the cd. I usually just download my music, but they really did deserve every penny I paid for.My children are singing and they don't speak spanish.I will attend their concert. they are truly fabulous!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buena Vista Social Club

    Buy it, listen to it, you'll love it. Nothing more needs to be said.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautifully romantic

    This is the record that started all the recent Cuban craze. A simplified version of the story: Son, danzon and bolero were played in thriving clubs in Havana before WWII and in years following it. Compay Segundo, Ruben Gonzalez, Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo and the rest were masters of the art. Then in 1959 Castro liberated - or invaded, as you like it - Cuba and virtually isolated it from the rest of the world. And while outside the music became MTV-ized and globalized to the point where the music produced in Sweden is indistinguishable from that made in California, the guys in Cuba continued to do what they did best: they played son, danzon and bolero - all until Ry Cooder discovered them in 1997 and turned them into a success that vastly overshadowed his own musical efforts. <P>Actually, getting them together required some detective work, as some of them have already given up their musical careers. Hardly surprising: Ruben Gonzales is 80, and Compay Segundo is 92. Buena Vista Social Club - named after an actual club in Havana, demolished already for decades - provides an anthological overview of styles played 50 years ago, and the sound you might recognize on your father's (or grandfather's) LP's. Well, almost - Ry Cooder felt the urge to put some personal touch on the whole thing, in form of slide guitar (cf. 'Orgullecida'). I wish he could resist the temptation. Still, it's a very beautiful and romantic record, one that makes you ask your sweetheart for a dance. <P>CD comes with a 48-page booklet, which includes bilingual (Spanish/English) lyrics and some accompanying text. If you like this record, you might also want to check the solo albums that followed. There is also a pseudo-documentary movie by the same name, directed by Wim Wenders. And, go and check whether Afro-Cuban All Stars are touring somewhere near you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    que viva la musica

    It's about time that the root of mambo (or salsa) got its overdue recognition in the US. The music these guys play gives young musicians - like me - the opportunity to reflect and think about what makes great Afro-caribbean music. Talent and unquestionable love must rise explicitly above the music - whatever the music is. These guys schooled me on that!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Que Musica!

    I had never really been into the Cuban/Latin vibe, but after listening to the Buena Vista Social Club Collection, Ibrahim Ferrer solo, and going to a Ruben Blades concert, I've become a true disciple of the art! Viva la musica y espero que podamos compartirla con las generaciones que vienen!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb! Muy caliente! ***** 5 STARS PLUS *****

    Simply the best music I've heard in a while. Unbelievable vocals and keyboards by extremely talented performers who are not young by today's standards. I saw the group in person and the crowd was dancing in the aisles.

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