The funky royals of Gypsy rumba expand here on 1995's Best Of
anthology with a bountiful two discs of their biggest tunes. Combining studio and live material, Volare!
("I Shall Fly") culls 37 hip-swaying, foot-stomping cuts from the band's nine-album discography with a bouquet of bonus tracks to boot. Always crackling with passion, singer Nicholas Reyes has won over audiences worldwide with his fiery, rustic style, backed by an exhilarating wash of nylon-string guitars, rumbling percussion, pulsing basslines, and warm synth-flourishes. Highlights here include the gentle beauty of "Caminando Por La Calle" and bittersweet melancholy of "Triste Pena," as well as the indispensable dance riot of "Bamboleo." Released in the U.S. for the first time are the amorous "Pida Me La" and triumphant soccer anthem "Oh Eh Oh Eh." Also included are two English-speckled rarities: the cheery chestnut "I've Got No Strings" and a forceful reading of the Eagles classic, "Hotel California." In all, it's a brimful treasure chest for any flamenco fusion, Gypsy folk or world beat devotee.