Rhythms del Mundo: Cuba

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Turning the covers album concept on its head, Rhythms del Mundo: Cuba doesn't set a varied group of northern artists loose on the music made famous by the Buena Vista Social Club, but instead sets the Club's members lose on the northerners' own songs. Now that's an inspired idea, and all to aid charities assisting the victims of natural disasters and raising awareness of climate change. However, to call this a covers album is a bit misleading, as most of the songs feature the original vocals, and occasionally some of the original instrumentation, but it's not a remix project either, as the Social Club add their own music to the original recordings. So, it's a grand fusion...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Turning the covers album concept on its head, Rhythms del Mundo: Cuba doesn't set a varied group of northern artists loose on the music made famous by the Buena Vista Social Club, but instead sets the Club's members lose on the northerners' own songs. Now that's an inspired idea, and all to aid charities assisting the victims of natural disasters and raising awareness of climate change. However, to call this a covers album is a bit misleading, as most of the songs feature the original vocals, and occasionally some of the original instrumentation, but it's not a remix project either, as the Social Club add their own music to the original recordings. So, it's a grand fusion of Cuban and northern sounds. And eclectic to boot, with songs contributed by such international artists as Quincy Jones, Sting and U2, as well as the likes of Radiohead and Coldplay. But to give the set a real frisson, the Social Club also took on such younger, feted artists as Franz Ferdinand, Maroon 5, the Kaiser Chiefs, and the so hot they're actually sizzling Arctic Monkeys. Reaching back into the past, Ibrahim Ferrer and the Club also deliver up a lush cover of "As Time Goes By," Omara Portunondo joins Ferrer for an equally lavish "Casablanca," and in another (and one of her final recordings) the late singer offers up a heartrending "Killing Me Softly." These numbers give the set its timeless quality; the rest its up-to-date feel. Not every song works perfectly, Jack Johnson's vocals are a bit uncomfortable rhythmically on his version, but Coldplay's is superb, the Arctic Monkeys are absolutely lethal, U2's track is stunning, and Dido and Faithless' is sublime. The Club brings out the sweetness and glow of Maroon 5's song, give the Kaiser Chiefs a wonderful Latin kick, totally reinvent Radiohead, then give Quincy Jones a lesson in authentic Spanish music, while trotting out their own soul credentials. Of course the musicianship is flawless, the arrangements inspired, and this mix of north and south proves that the music is not just simpatico, it was surely made for creative melding.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2006
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602517095953
  • Catalog Number: 000789102
  • Sales rank: 29,829

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Clocks - Coldplay (5:01)
  2. 2 Better Together - Jack Johnson (3:27)
  3. 3 Dancing Shoes - Arctic Monkeys (2:29)
  4. 4 One Step Too Far - Faithless (3:17)
  5. 5 As Times Goes By - Ibrahim Ferrer (3:10)
  6. 6 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - Coco Freeman (4:53)
  7. 7 She Will Be Loved - Maroon 5 (4:05)
  8. 8 Modern Way - Kaiser Chiefs (3:58)
  9. 9 Killing Me Softly - Omara Portuondo (4:27)
  10. 10 Ai No Corrida - Vanya (4:30)
  11. 11 Fragilidad - Sting (4:17)
  12. 12 Don't Know Why - Vania Borges (3:10)
  13. 13 Hotel Buena Vista - Idania Valdez (3:37)
  14. 14 The Dark of the Matinee - Coco Freeman (3:58)
  15. 15 High and Dry - LeLe (5:14)
  16. 16 Casablanca (As Time Goes By) - Omara (3:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rhythms Del Mundo Primary Artist
Kenny Young Percussion
Omara Portuondo Vocals
Ben Brierley Guitar
Jorge L. Chicoy Guitar
Danny Cummings Percussion
Antonio Garcia Tenor Saxophone
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez Bass
Pablo Menendez Guitar
Oscar Figueroa Background Vocals
Emilio Morales Piano
Demetrio Muniz Trombone
Ibrahim Ferrer Vocals
Abdel Rasalps Vocals
Amadito Valdés Percussion, Timbales
Tomas Ramos Percussion, Conga
Rafael P. Pacerio Monzon Bass
Victoriano "Filiberto" a Sanchez Timbales
Arelis Zaldivar Cello
Roberto Fonseca Piano
Idania Valdes Casuso Vocals, Background Vocals
Yaroldi Breu Robles Conga
Emilio DelMonte Jr. Timbales
Coco Freeman Vocals
Roberto "Guayacán" Hernández Vocals
Frank Rubio Bass
Miguel DeLa Hoz Trumpet
Aquila Rose Vocals, Background Vocals
Jorge Boulet Piano
Ariel Mendez Violin
Vania Borges Vocals, Background Vocals
Iris Avila Background Vocals
Jorge Braund Trumpet, Fliscorno
Casuso Background Vocals
Angel Terri Domech Percussion
Carlos Alvarez Guerra Trombone
Freya Lee Background Vocals
Alberto Hernanez Plasencia Percussion
Liagne Reina Background Vocals
Virgilio Valdes Percussion
Harold Lopez Nussa Piano
Technical Credits
Kenny Young Producer, Concept, Audio Production
The Edge Composer
Bono Composer
Adam Clayton Composer
Dido Composer
Charles Fox Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Chaz Jankel Composer
Larry Mullen Jr. Composer
Adam Levine Composer
Colin Greenwood Composer
Jonny Greenwood Composer
Ed O'Brien Composer
Phil Selway Composer
Sister Bliss Composer
Adey Wilson Composer
The Berman Brothers Producer, Concept
Rollo Composer
Maxi Jazz Composer
Demetrio Muniz Arranger
Thom Yorke Composer
Bob Hardy Composer
Barbarito Torres Laud
Paul Thomson Composer
Chris Martin Composer
Jack Johnson Composer
Will Champion Composer
Guy Berryman Composer
Jon Buckland Composer
Tim Flannery Liner Notes
James Valentine Composer
Laurence Brazil Engineer
Alex Kapranos Composer
Nick McCarthy Composer
Simon Rix Composer
Nick Baines Composer
Nick Hodgson Composer
Arctic Monkeys Composer
Alex Turner Composer
Miguel Alexiades translation
Monica VonThun Calderøn translation
Andreu Ferrer Felez Rozasul Engineer
Herbie Girardet Liner Notes
Al Gore Liner Notes
Carlos Raul DeLaVega Guerrero Engineer
Kenito Arranger
Mark Lynas Liner Notes
David Menezes Artwork
George Monbiot Liner Notes, Author
Felix Martinez Montero Contributor
Ron Oehl Direction
Victor Reina translation
Gareth Scott Artwork
Gordon Sumner Composer
Tim Young Mastering
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