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Gracias Compay: The Definitive Collection
     

Gracias Compay: The Definitive Collection

by Compay Segundo
 

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Although Compay Segundo will ever be remembered as one of the great characters of Buena Vista Social Club, that was only one tiny part of his career. Gracias Compay: The Definitive Collection captures some of the great songs from the second wind of his

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Although Compay Segundo will ever be remembered as one of the great characters of Buena Vista Social Club, that was only one tiny part of his career. Gracias Compay: The Definitive Collection captures some of the great songs from the second wind of his career, when he'd become an international star again. Inevitably, there's his signature song, "Chan Chan," in not one but two versions, but it's simply one of many diamonds here, like "Saludo A Chango," where he duets with rai star Khalèd, and comes out ahead with his laid-back style. That style, however, was typical of the music of Santiago, and it permeated everything Segundo did. The harmonies on the chorus, the singing lines on the tres (or at times on Segundo's own armonico, a cross between a tres and a guitar), and the stripped-down backing of bass and percussion -- his music was just redolent of the area, and it can be heard in his very affecting "Guantanamera," or the recent "Oui Parle Francais." A witty, eloquent writer, he composed more than his share of classics in a long career, and many of them are here, songs like "Saradonga," given definitive performances. And that helps this album really live up to its name.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Warner Classics Uk
UPC:
0825646088928
catalogNumber:
460889
Rank:
76607

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Compay Segundo   Primary Artist
Silvio Rodríguez   Voices
Khaled   Synthesizer,Percussion,Vocals,Coros
Pío Leyva   Voices,Claves
Omara Portuondo   Voices
Raimundo Amador   Flamenco Guitar
Javier Colina   Double Bass
Julio Fernandez   Maracas,Voices
Trevor Morais   Caja
Rey Guerra   Guitar
Basilio   Vocals,Voices,Claves,Coros
José Luis Crespo   Mezcla
Frank Bejerano   Bongos
Félix Valoy   Voices,Coro
Roberto Vizcaíno   Tambores Bata,Chequere
Luis F. Lázaro   Mezcla
Benito Suárez   Guitar,Voices,Coros
Hugo Garzón   Percussion,Maracas,Voices,Claves,Guiro,Coros
Pedrito Ibañez   Guitar,Coros
Adél Rodriguez   Bongos
Enrique Bergery   Trombone
Humberto Zaldívar   Trumpet
Martirio   Voices
Haskell Armenteros   Clarinet,Voices,Coros
Virgillo "El Gallego" Fernández   Mezcla
Rafael Fournier   Bongos,Campana
Rafael Lázaro Inciarte   Clarinet,Coros
Julio Iznaga   Pailas,Campana
Vionaika Martínez   Voices
Rosendo Nardo   Bass Clarinet
Mayelín Pérez   Guitar,Vocals
Julio Iznaga Piña   Coros
Luis Frank Arias   Maracas
Farid Aouameur   Percussion
Santiago Auserón   Voices

Technical Credits

Khaled   Adaptation,Engineering
Miguel Matamoros   Composer
Juan Iganacio Cuadrado   Producer,Engineer
Pedro Flores   Composer
Rodrigo Prats   Composer
José Luis Crespo   Producer,Engineer
Luis F. Lázaro   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Compay Segundo   Composer
Eliseo Silveira   Composer
Antonio Olariaga   Engineer
Barbarito Torres   Laud
Virgillo "El Gallego" Fernández   Producer,Engineer
Manuel Guio   Graphic Design
Lorenzo Hierrezuelo   Composer
Farid Aouameur   Producer
Santiago Auserón   Producer
Francisco Repilado   Composer

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