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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
The third release in the Rhythms del Mundo series of charity compilations, Classics once again finds an Afro-Cuban band reworking a full album's worth of star-studded contemporary pop
ock. In this case, the reworked songs are all cover versions of well-known hits from yesteryear (i.e., "classics"). Most of the 19 tracks are comprised of previously released vocal material to which the Rhythms del Mundo band adds new music in an Afro-Cuban style. There is some previously unreleased material here as well, most notably the album's lead single, a version of the Eagles' "Hotel California" by the Killers. Among the previously released ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
The third release in the Rhythms del Mundo series of charity compilations, Classics once again finds an Afro-Cuban band reworking a full album's worth of star-studded contemporary pop
ock. In this case, the reworked songs are all cover versions of well-known hits from yesteryear (i.e., "classics"). Most of the 19 tracks are comprised of previously released vocal material to which the Rhythms del Mundo band adds new music in an Afro-Cuban style. There is some previously unreleased material here as well, most notably the album's lead single, a version of the Eagles' "Hotel California" by the Killers. Among the previously released material, there are several songs that are familiar: Sam Cooke's "Cupid" by Amy Winehouse, the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" by Cat Power, the Drifters' "Under the Boardwalk" by the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" by Rodrigo & Gabriela. Because of the familiarity of the original versions of these songs, they're among the most curious inclusions on Classics. The vocals are clearly the same, the music is definitely not, and the cross-cultural mix of the two is a bit dizzying. The version of "Purple Haze" is unique in that it retains not the vocals but rather the guitar of Jimi Hendrix, to which the band adds new music. The other previously released material is more obscure. For example, the Temptations' "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Kaiser Chiefs is drawn from another charity album, the independently released 2006 compilation Help!: A Day in the Life. Best of all, there are a couple songs performed in Spanish by Cuban vocalists: Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Augusto Enriquez and Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi" by Aquila Rose and Idana Valdes. On the downside, Classics lacks the Cuban star power of vocalists Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo. These two Buena Vista Social Club affiliates were a major selling point of the first album in the series, Rhythms del Mundo: Cuba (2006).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/11/2009
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 600753204504
  • Catalog Number: 001318802

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hotel California (6:05)
  2. 2 Cupid (3:40)
  3. 3 Imagine (4:13)
  4. 4 Under Pressure (4:15)
  5. 5 Walk on the Wild Side (4:13)
  6. 6 I Heard It Through the Grapevine (3:58)
  7. 7 Satisfaction (3:01)
  8. 8 Under the Boardwalk (2:46)
  9. 9 Runaway (3:09)
  10. 10 Because the Night (3:23)
  11. 11 Bohemian Rhapsody (4:14)
  12. 12 For What It's Worth (3:13)
  13. 13 Big Yellow Taxi - Aquilla Rose (2:26)
  14. 14 Beat It (3:23)
  15. 15 Purple Haze (3:14)
  16. 16 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Shanade (2:48)
  17. 17 Are You Ready for Love? (3:05)
  18. 18 Mi Cherie Amour (3:09)
  19. 19 Stairway to Heaven (5:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rhythms Del Mundo Primary Artist
Kenny Young Percussion, Background Vocals
Jorge L. Chicoy Guitar, Tres
Danny Cummings Percussion
Sid Gauld Trumpet
Augusto Enriquez Vocals, Background Vocals
Demetrio Muniz Trombone, Background Vocals
Adel González Percussion, Timbales
Frank Rubio Bass
Aquila Rose Vocals, Background Vocals
Carlos Alvarez Guerra Trombone
Elmer Ferrer Guitar
Shanade Vocals, Background Vocals
Julio Guerra Percussion
Moises Porro Percussion
Rene Alvarez Trombone
Manuel Machado Trumpet
Technical Credits
David Bowie Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Don Henley Composer
Michael Jackson Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
John Lennon Composer
Freddie Mercury Composer
Joni Mitchell Composer
Jimmy Page Composer
Robert Plant Composer
Lou Reed Composer
Del Shannon Composer
Bruce Springsteen Composer
Stephen Stills Composer
Brian May Composer
Don Felder Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
Kenny Young Arranger, Composer, Producer
Leroy Bell Composer
Thom Bell Composer
Kurt Cobain Composer
Henry Cosby Composer
John Deacon Composer
Glenn Frey Composer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Krist Novoselic Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Patti Smith Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer
Demetrio Muniz Arranger
Arthur Resnick Composer
Frank Rubio Arranger
James Casey Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    what a complete waste of talent

    with a line up like this there should be something for everone on this cd, what we have instead is something for nobody. I will admit there is something oddly compelling to listening to some A list stars doing what amounts to bad kareoke, so at least there's that. the 99 cent clearance bin awaits this disc with baited breath.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow...

    Wow in this case is not a good thing. If this was an album full of the original songs, it would be great, or at the very leat good, but not one of these covers even comes close to the originals, and I'm not even a fan of some of the originals. This is one of the worst albums I have even had to sit through. Please hold on to your money. As a previous reviewer mentioned, the clearance bin awaits this release. Although I don't think even then it would sell.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2010

    Very easy listening even if it´s salsa

    This classics are very entertaining to listen while eating inclusive, it´s easy to stand up and dance while singing this covers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So bad, it's just bad

    Do you like the music played on cruise ships that tourists clad in Hawaiian shirts drunkenly shuffle along to? Do you like the Muzak that's piped into crowded elevators? Do you frequent karaoke bars for the pleasure of listening to cheesy performances of classic songs? If so, then this is for you. But if you're like the rest of us, and can't stand the thought, let alone the sound, of salsa varations of Jimi Hendrix, Queen, and Nirvana, then put this down and back slowly away.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    the good, the meh, and the revoked musician i.d.

    the GOOD:
    Jack Johnson's IMAGINE, KT Tunstall's BECAUSE THE NIGHT, and Rodrigo Y Gabriela's STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN (check original cover version off their album, no rythmn section just guitars)

    the MEH?:
    The Rolling Stone's UNDER THE BOARDWALK and The Zuton's RUNAWAY

    the REVOKED MUSICIAN PASS:
    Everything elses especially Fall Out Boy's BEAT IT and Shanade's SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 27, 2009

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    Posted May 22, 2010

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