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Vasos Vacios
     

Vasos Vacios

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by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
 

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You need this midcareer greatest hits collection for one track, "Matador" -- the Latin rock ur-jam that's guaranteed to get any party of any flavor started (it also keeps popping up on motion picture soundtracks). But stick around. Besides that samba/reggae masterpiece, the veteran Argentine ska/rock/salsa orchestra has plied definitive fusions for much of its nearly

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You need this midcareer greatest hits collection for one track, "Matador" -- the Latin rock ur-jam that's guaranteed to get any party of any flavor started (it also keeps popping up on motion picture soundtracks). But stick around. Besides that samba/reggae masterpiece, the veteran Argentine ska/rock/salsa orchestra has plied definitive fusions for much of its nearly 15-year history. "El Leon," dedicated to resistance writer Leon Santillán, meshes revolutionary lyrics over a propulsive salsa/ska beat ("Matador" was similarly inspired by Victor Jara, the Chilean singer/poet). Cuban legend Celia Cruz joins the boys for the melancholy bluebeat title track. "El Satanico Dr. Cadillac" and "Genio del Dub" perform strange Buenos Aires magic over percolating reggae and dub grooves, and all the while, the Cadillacs' crack horn section pumps out riffs worthy of Kool & the Gang. This compilation looked like the band's last hurrah -- then "Matador" became a hit all over again, reviving their career and sparking million-selling efforts with Debbie Harry, Mick Jones, and Fishbone.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Victor W. Valdivia
When the Fabulosos Cadillacs signed a global distribution deal with Sony in 1993, none of their previous five albums had been released in the U.S. So, Sony put together Vasos Vacios, which mixes key tracks from their catalog along with remixed and newly recorded material. One of the new tracks, "El Matador" became an instant smash on the newly launched MTV Latino, and deservedly so -- the song comes on like a thundering locomotive. The other new track, "V Centenario," is an assault on colonialism that's almost as forceful. Similarly, the re-recorded earlier hits, such as "El Satanico Dr. Cadillac," are delivered with far more energy and muscle than the original versions. Clearly, by this time, the band had become a more confident and cohesive unit. The selections from earlier albums are more restrained, though the remixes contain many improvements, such as the addition of Tex-Mex star Flaco Jimenez on "Gitana." The best previously unearthed treasure is the title track (from their still unavailable second album), a lovely duet with salsa legend Celia Cruz. The other songs serve as a concise summary of their pre-Sony output. Vasos Vacios is an excellent introduction to the band's unique style.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2008
Label:
Sony U.S. Latin
UPC:
0886973291429
catalogNumber:
732914

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Performance Credits

Fabulosos Cadillacs   Primary Artist
Celia Cruz   Vocals
Luis Conte   Percussion
Flaco Jiménez   Accordion
Gustavo Santaolalla   Acoustic Guitar
Steve Sykes   Mezcla
Benny Faccone   Mezcla
Andrés Calamaro   Lap Steel Guitar
Mario Breuer   Mezcla
Osvel Costa   Mezcla
Fernando Ricciardi   Percussion,Drums,Bateria,Group Member
Sergio Rotman   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Background Vocals,Coros,Group Member
Gavina Ceriami   Vestuario
H. Gervini   Trombone
Hugo Lozano   Trumpet
Naco Oldfinger   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Vaino Rigozzi   Guitar,Background Vocals,Coros,Group Member
Mario Siperman   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Group Member
Señor Flavio   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Gerardo Toto Rotblat   Percussion,Group Member
Walter Chacon   Mezcla
Luciano Junior   Percussion,Background Vocals,Coros,Group Member
Fernando Albareda   Trombone,Group Member
Martin "La Mosca" Lorenzo   Percussion,Coros
Vicentico   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Fabulosos Cadillacs   Producer,Executive Producer
J. Edwards   Composer
Daren Klein   Engineer
Steve Sykes   Engineer
Danny Ray   Composer
KC Porter   Producer,Engineer
Benny Faccone   Engineer
Andrés Calamaro   Producer
Mario Breuer   Producer,Engineer,Engineering
Osvel Costa   Engineer
Mario Siperman   Art Direction,Adaptation
Walter Chacon   Producer,Engineer,Engineering
Daniel Cortondo   Contributor

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