Duets

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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.
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?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2002
  • Label: Warner SpeC. MKT. Uk
  • UPC: 809274322821
  • Catalog Number: 743228

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
Cesária Évora 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
José Luis Crespo Mastering
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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