The Essential Guide to Cuba [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
It goes without saying that even a collection as well-packed as the three-CD, 52-track The Essential Guide to Cuba could never hope to sum up all there is to know about the island's rich musical legacy. Like its smaller Caribbean neighbor Jamaica, Cuba has produced a wealth of diverse music disproportionate to its size, and it has done so while being cut off culturally from its northern neighbor, the U.S. That considered, The Essential Guide to Cuba covers a remarkable range of core Cuban styles -- from son to danzón, rumba to mambo -- and a span of at least 70 of the 20th century's years, with a heavy concentration on music from the '50s to the '80s. Unfortunately, the ...
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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
It goes without saying that even a collection as well-packed as the three-CD, 52-track The Essential Guide to Cuba could never hope to sum up all there is to know about the island's rich musical legacy. Like its smaller Caribbean neighbor Jamaica, Cuba has produced a wealth of diverse music disproportionate to its size, and it has done so while being cut off culturally from its northern neighbor, the U.S. That considered, The Essential Guide to Cuba covers a remarkable range of core Cuban styles -- from son to danzón, rumba to mambo -- and a span of at least 70 of the 20th century's years, with a heavy concentration on music from the '50s to the '80s. Unfortunately, the set lacks a detailed written overview that places it all into perspective; the liner notes are confined to brief track-by-track capsules, not all of which offer adequate information about the artist or the date of the recording. Also frustrating but not detrimental to the set's listenability is the thematic arrangement. One might have difficulty understanding how compiler/annotator John Child differentiated between an artist placed on the "Icons" disc and one more appropriate to "Innovators & Traditionalists." For that matter, the tracks on the first disc, devoted to "Buena Vista Roots," would also seem to be somewhat randomly chosen: while Beny Moré, represented here by the 1951 recording "Yiri Yiri Bón," undoubtedly qualifies as a Buena Vista Social Club root, he could just as easily be considered an icon and an innovator. One could, of course, play the who's-missing game -- the omission of Celia Cruz alone would suggest that the set is incomplete -- but that's no quibble. With prime cuts from such giants as Rubén Gonzalez, Irakere, Compay Segundo, Los Van Van, and dozens of other artists both world-renowned and relatively unheralded, The Essential Guide to Cuba is a thrilling sampling of classic Cuban music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/4/2006
  • Label: Essential Guide
  • UPC: 698458260727
  • Catalog Number: 2607

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Voy Pa' Mayari - Compay Segundo y su Grupo (3:06)
  2. 2 Yo Como Candela (3:44)
  3. 3 Resuena Tu Bongó (2:27)
  4. 4 Bururu Barara (3:22)
  5. 5 Mi Oriente - Ibrahim Ferrer (2:28)
  6. 6 Date una Vueltecita - Rubén González (4:11)
  7. 7 Bailando el Son - Orquesta Novedades (3:04)
  8. 8 Yiri Yiri Bón - Beny Moré (2:17)
  9. 9 Adios Compay Gato - Trio Habaney (3:22)
  10. 10 Suena Tu Bongó - Roberto Faz Y Su Conjunto (2:44)
  11. 11 Defiéndete (3:02)
  12. 12 A Orillas del Cauto (6:08)
  13. 13 El Bodeguero - Orquesta Aragón (3:08)
  14. 14 Como Baila Marieta (7:40)
  15. 15 Mira Que Son - Niño Rivera (3:55)
  16. 16 Echale Salsita (3:45)
  17. 17 Hasta Pantoja Baila Mi Son (11:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Viva Bayamo (2:54)
  2. 2 Alto Songo - Miguelito Cuní (3:04)
  3. 3 Mambo (3:27)
  4. 4 Son de La Loma (3:37)
  5. 5 Trombón Criollo - Cachao (3:08)
  6. 6 De La Rumba al Cha Cha Chá - Beny Moré (3:15)
  7. 7 El Trombón Majadero (3:20)
  8. 8 Pare Cochero - Orquesta Aragón (2:56)
  9. 9 Caña Quemada (2:59)
  10. 10 Guaguancó a Todos Los Barrios (3:12)
  11. 11 Bilongo - Bebo (2:51)
  12. 12 Bruca Manigua (3:05)
  13. 13 Guaguancó a Luyanó (3:11)
  14. 14 Las Muchachitas del Cha Cha Chá (2:26)
  15. 15 Camina y Prende el Fogón (3:13)
  16. 16 Lagrimas Negras (3:00)
  17. 17 Anda Machatero (2:57)
  18. 18 Ritmo en La Habana (2:41)
  19. 19 Guaguancó del Típico (3:05)
  20. 20 La Sitiera (2:53)
Disc 3
  1. 1 La Habana No Aguanta Mas - Los Van Van (5:31)
  2. 2 Radio Mali (4:12)
  3. 3 Yo Si Tumbo Caña - Cuarteto d'Aida (3:31)
  4. 4 Divina Silvia - Conjunto Son 14 (6:03)
  5. 5 Prestame Tu Mujer - Orquesta Maravilla De Florida (4:35)
  6. 6 No Me Llores (5:21)
  7. 7 Siempre en Cuba - Orquesta Melodias del 40 (2:49)
  8. 8 Los Tamalitos de Olga (5:29)
  9. 9 Soy La Rumba (5:39)
  10. 10 El Aguardiente - José Fajardo (2:55)
  11. 11 Yo Soy el Punto Cubano - Celina González (4:20)
  12. 12 El Año Que Viene - Isaac Delgado (4:42)
  13. 13 Son Para Los Rumberos (4:13)
  14. 14 Mi Mambito (3:18)
  15. 15 Homenaje a Beny (8:44)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Miguel Matamoros Composer
Ñico Saquito Composer
Jon Child Liner Notes
Juan Formell Composer
Marcelino Guerra Composer
Boncana Maïga Composer
Julio Cueva Composer
Abelardo Barroso Composer
Rodrigo Prats Composer
Richard Egües Composer
Parmenio Salazar Composer
Norberto Shand Composer
Pedro Aranzola Composer
Eduardo Davidson Composer
Lorenzo Hierrezuelo Composer
Faustino Oramas Composer
Francisco Repilado Composer
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