Duets

Duets

by Compay Segundo
     
 
It worked for Sinatra, why not Compay Segundo, the nonagenarian treasure of the Buena Vista Social Club? His name alone recalls the legendary pair known as Los Compadres, where Compay Segundo provided the second, or lower, voice, and thus this album of duets restores the oldster to his most effective supporting role. It also

Overview

It worked for Sinatra, why not Compay Segundo, the nonagenarian treasure of the Buena Vista Social Club? His name alone recalls the legendary pair known as Los Compadres, where Compay Segundo provided the second, or lower, voice, and thus this album of duets restores the oldster to his most effective supporting role. It also pairs the irascible baritone with some real surprises. The fruit of Segundo's well established career in Spain, the cast has a continental flair, ranging from the warmly embraced Cuban performers of Segundo's generation, such as BVSC'ers Omara Portuondo and Pio Leyva, to post-revolution stars Silvio Rodriguez and Pablo Milanes. Then there's the Spanish lights -- Ketama guitarist Raimundo Amador (a guest on many of Segundos Spanish albums) and amazingly, Antonio Banderas. Most satisfying of these stunt pairings are the cross-cultural unions with artists who could easily be Segundo's old friends, the Frenchman Charles Aznavour and Cape Verde's barefoot diva Cesaria Evora. Ending the set with a look back at Los Compadres in their prime, Duets offers a warm atmosphere of fellowship that's as endearing as Compay Segundo himself.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
There's a definite problem here, and by and large it's a lack of inspiration. Historically, Compay Segundo has been a great duet singer -- all you have to do is listen to his vintage recordings, made well over 40 years before Buena Vista Social Club turned him into a star. However, these aren't those recordings, but mostly newer material (with the exception of "Tente en Pie," which dates from 1950 and offers an indication of what this could have been, if done properly). But Segundo with Charles Aznavour? It didn't work when first released, and it doesn't work when reprised here. But things reach a nadir when he's teamed up with none other than Lou Bega -- why? -- and then, well, that famous singer Antonio Banderas for "Beautiful Maria of My Soul," where Segundo simply sounds like he's phoning in his part on a bad line. Like most compilations of this ilk, it draws on the novelty factor (oh look, there's Segundo with Cesaria Evora!) rather than any sense of quality in the music. It might keep him in the public eye, but at what cost, really?

Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2002
Label:
Warner Spec. MKT. Uk
UPC:
0809274322821
catalogNumber:
743228

Tracks

  1. Saludo a Chango (with Khaled)
  2. Fidelidad (with Silvio Rodriguez)
  3. Lagrimas Negras (with Cesaria Evora)
  4. Siempre Te Amaré
  5. Viejos Sones de Santiago (with Duo Evocacion)
  6. Virgen del Pino (with Santiago Auseron)
  7. La Juma de Ayer (with Pio Leyva)
  8. Baby Keep Smiling (with Lou Bega)
  9. Frutas del Caney (with Felix Valoy)
  10. Morir de Amor (with Charles Aznavour)
  11. Linda Graciela (with Basilio Repilado)
  12. Macusa (with Pablo Milanes)
  13. La Pluma (with Omara Portuondo)
  14. Juliancito (Tu Novia Te Botó)(with Martirio and Raimundo Amador)
  15. Beautiful Maria of my Soul (with Antonio Banderas)
  16. Tente en Pie (with Los Compadres)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Compay Segundo   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jorge Reyes   Double Bass
Silvio Rodríguez   Vocals
Chucho Valdés   Piano
Charles Aznavour   Vocals
Pablo Milanés   Guitar,Vocals
Cesaria Evora   Vocals
Pío Leyva   Vocals,Claves
Omara Portuondo   Vocals
Raimundo Amador   Flamenco Guitar
Pancho Amat   Tres
Julio Fernandez   Maracas,Vocals
Eliades Ochoa   Guitar,Vocals
Victor Paz   Trumpet
Alejandro Rodriguez   Choir, Chorus,Claves
Germán Velazco   Flute
Cuarteto Patria   Musician
Frank Bejerano   Bongos
Lazaro Rivero   Choir, Chorus,Double Bass
Félix Valoy   Vocals
Roberto Vizcaíno   Bata,Tambor,Chequere
Benito Suárez   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Salvador Repilado   Choir, Chorus,Double Bass
Hugo Garzón   Maracas,Choir, Chorus,Claves
Pedrito Ibañez   Guitar
Adél Rodriguez   Bongos
Basilio Repilado   Vocals
Enrique Bergery   Trombone
Humberto Zaldívar   Trumpet
Martirio   Vocals
Lou Bega   Vocals
Haskell Armenteros   Clarinet,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Rafael Fournier   Bongos
Rafael Lázaro Inciarte   Clarinet,Choir, Chorus
Julio Iznaga   cowbell
Vionaika Martínez   Vocals
Rosendo Nardo   Bass Clarinet
Mayelín Pérez   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Julio Iznaga Piña   Choir, Chorus
Jose Espinoza   Timbales,Campana
Zaim Abdel Wahed   Oud
Mambo All-Stars   Track Performer
Lorenzo Hierrezuelo   Vocals
Lázaro Dagoberto González   Violin
Santiago Auserón   Vocals

Technical Credits

Johnny Pacheco   Spanish Translation
Robert Kraft   Arranger,Producer
Stephanie Caisson   Engineer
Germán Velazco   Arranger,Producer
Luis F. Lázaro   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Frank Lio   Producer
Antonio Banderas   Spanish Translation
Virgillo "El Gallego" Fernández   Producer
Julio Iznaga   Contributor
Goar Blessenkamp   Producer
D. Fact   Producer
Francisco Repilado   Composer
Felix B. Caignet   Composer

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