France's Gipsy Kings have been purveying their distinctive brand of gypsy/flamenco music since the 1970s, when the Reyes brothers (sons of legendary flamenco singer José Reyes) banded together with their talented cousins, the Baliardos, to play the music that was a fundamental part of their lives. After years of amazing performances, the group finally broke worldwide in the late '80s, bringing the sound of their homeland to audiences all over Europe and America. This compilation brings together some of the most spirited selections from their impressive discography. The trademarks of the Gipsy Kings' music are their crisp, undulating rhythms; the gritty, emotive vocals of Nicolas and Andre Reyes, and the phenomenal guitar work of Tonino Baliardo (nephew of flamenco great Manitas de Plata). Baliardo's solos are sharply executed, organically conceived moments of beauty that glow with a lyrical grace. Besides the more traditional flamenco style in which the Gipsy Kings specialize -- exemplified by "Baila Me" and the monster hit "Bamboleo" -- the band extends its reach into more unexpected territory, like the reggaefied "Escucha Me" and Domenico Mondugno's 1958 pop hit "Volare." This is a rich and varied document of an original and important voice in modern music.
Performance CreditsGipsy Kings Primary Artist
Canut Reyes Guitar,Vocals
Marc Chantereau Percussion
Dominique Perrier Synthesizer,Piano
Gerard Prevost Synthesizer,Bass
Claude Salmiéri Drums
Jean Musy Synthesizer
Andre Reyes Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Nicolás Reyes Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Paco Baliardo Guitar,Palmas
Patchai Reyes Guitar,Vocals
Charles Benarroch Percussion
Negrito Trasante-Crocco Percussion,Drums
Tonino Baliardo Guitar
Diego Baliardo Guitar,Palmas
Dominique Droin Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Guillermo Fellove Trumpet
Technical CreditsReyes Composer
Jahloul "Chico" Bouchikhi Composer
Claude Martinez Producer
Nick Patrick Producer,Engineer
Dominique Perrier Arranger
Gerard Prevost Arranger,Producer
Roland Guillotel Engineer
Andre Reyes Composer
Nicolás Reyes Composer
Francois Delabriere Engineer
Paco Baliardo Composer
Tonino Baliardo Composer
Daniel Michel Engineer
Maurice Diego Baliardo Composer
M. de Plata Composer
Francesco Migliacci Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Best of the Gipsy Kings based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Heard the Gipsy Kings music several years ago and was very impressed with the upbeat music and the tempo of their hits. I went out the following day and bought 3 of their cd's. This music reallly keeps you going and you can feel the music in your soul!
I don't usually listen to this genre of music. But I once worked at Nature Company and everyone would love this CD when we played it. I love it. I bought it and listen to it all the time. It's very relaxing but at the same time extremly upbeat. I try to listen to it at work alot to keep me going! But I can't leave it at work becuase there are often times I want to listen to it at home.
This CD is good!! But it doesn't have all the best songs I believe. I'm a great fan of GK's and in my MP3 collection I've better tracks than the ones included in this CD. Recommendation: Buy 'em all!! You'd feel more satisfied for your money.
The Gypsy Kings are one of the most talented musicians(bands) that I've ever heard. My hats off to them.
this album is abolutely incredible, i don't need to know what is being said to be moved. every time it comes on, the listeners can't help but move to it.
Is Viento del Arena a remake of an Arabic song? If so, where is the credit to the original band? Who would be the original band?