Sure, you can pick up the immortal Gipsy Kings 1998 album that bamboleoed all over the charts for much of that year and had most of the world sounding a little bit like the French Riviera at 2 a.m. You would do equally well to purchase The Best of the Gipsy Kings for the same essential songs and its pulse-pounding medley finale. But Tierra Gitana gets to the fundamentals of the Gipsy disco/rumba phenomenon and is easily the Kings' most sophisticated work. "Understated" isn't the first word that comes to mind when describing this furiously strumming flamenco family, but this excellent album is nuanced, restrained, and evocative. Tonino Baliardo's lead playing is outstanding on the instrumental "Estrellas," and "Los Peces en el Rio" handily tops the Kings' big hits for sheer passionate intensity. Please your party guests with "Bamboleo," but don't stint yourself -- Tierra Gitana is first-class Mediterranean soul music.