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A Toda Cuba Le Gusta

Afro-Cuban All Stars, Afro Cuban All StarsAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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listen  3. Habana Del EsteAfro Cuban All Stars 6:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. A Toda Cuba La GustaAfro Cuban All Stars 5:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Los Sitio AsereAfro Cuban All Stars 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Pio MentirosoAfro Cuban All Stars 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 16, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005J54
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A rousing ensemble recording, A Todo Cuba Le Gusta features a band made up largely of Cuban music elders. As a reflection of their collective experience playing multiple percussion instruments and brightly lit trumpets, the Afro-Cuban All Stars churn with high drama, even while playing music that's paced with extravagant patience. The time signatures overlay and run against each other in a casual trot while the trumpets blare with fat fullness. Add to that the impassioned group vocals and you've got a hard-to-beat Cuban traditional music session. --Andrew Bartlett

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
This album is a work of art. It is only rivaled by its companion albums, "Buena Vista Social Club", and "Introducing Ruben Gonzalez". I would strongly recommend buying all three and listening to them in succession, although each is excellent in its own right. "Afro-Cuban All-Stars" is a collection of old standards, mostly from the Cuba of the 30's, 40's, and 50's. Although to many (including this Cuban-american) that Cuba is gone, what with the political scene such as it is now under Castro, the music IS ALIVE, as this album definitely proves. Lush, big band sounds, impeccable singing by such greats as Ibrahim Ferrer and Manuel Puntillita Licea, combine to paint a vivid musical picture that practically includes the tropical aroma of the island itself. The first track, "Amor Verdadero", is a "son" that tells an unforgettable story of a man and his relationship with his mother which sustained him during a traumatic life. "Habana del Este" has a beautifully nostalgic, melancholy feel to it that reminds one of simpler, more romantic times of yesteryear. Yet tracks like, "Pio Mentiroso" leave one with a desire to jump up and dance, shyness be damned. Take it from this Cuban, this is the album to get, whatever your culture, whatever your taste. You'll love it.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the world's most danceable music! July 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album because the group is coming to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore in March of 2000. I'm a telemarketer and wanted to know what they sounded like so I could pitch them. I've also been to Cuba and really enjoyed the music there. The verdict: This is a fabulous album and I've been raving about it and about the group to my patrons ever since. I predict that people will be dancing in the aisles at the Meyerhoff! It is impossible to sit still while listening to it; even my totally nonmusical sister was dancing to it. (I'm still in shock about that!) I've also just seen the Buena Vista Social Club film about Ry Cooder's trip to Cuba to pull that group together. I was very pleased to see some of the same people are also members of the Afro-Cuban All Stars: the great pianist Ruben Gonzalez, and 90+ year old vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer (who looks 70, if a day.) I can't wait to see them in person. Anyone who likes world music will love this CD. I guarantee it!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this cd is the toast of cuban music! November 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
i just received my cd A Toda Cuba Le Gusta today and i must say it's fantastic. the beat, the rhythm, the's incredible. and to think i never would have bought it had it not been for amazon's online reviews. i recommend this cd to anyone who is fan of cuban music. and to all those who are not. just one listen to this hot cd and you'll be converted for life! amazon, thanks for giving listeners a voice.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a little too flashy for my tastes. February 6, 1999
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I regret being the first person not to give this album 5 stars. I am certainly pleased at the great enthusiasm other reviewers have shown. My reasons for going with 4 stars are that "Introducing... Rubén González" is so decidedly better (which I gave a raving 5 stars), that I simply couldn't rate this album at the same level. Although the performance quality is very high, it often seems a little too flashy and overproduced for my tastes. "Buena Vista" and "Introducing..." both have a naturalness of sound here -- which I think is entirely necessary for this kind of music -- that rises above the glossiness found here. I will say that the opening son is memorable, "Havana del Este" is quite moving, and I love "Clasiqueando con Rubén." After you hear the last piece, you'll never listen to CPE Bach's "Solfeggio" in the same way again! Get this album, but PLEASE, by ALL MEANS, make sure you listen to "Buena Vista" and (the incomparable) Rubén González albums also.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful selection of Cuban music May 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is real Cuban music. The original source of all the Salsa, good and bad, that you hear these days. But it has a feeling of quality that you don't hear in today's salsa, being this feeling the flavor of the "real thing". If you like music that is a must to dance and at the same time doesn't tire you to listen over and over, buy it. I must also recommend wholeheartedly the Buena Vista Social Club CD (of course) and even more than that, the "Introducing Ruben Gonzalez" CD, which in my opinion is not for 5, but for 10 stars. The 3 CD's (but mainly Ruben's) left you with this unmistakable feeling of having listened to something unique, the feeling of the music having turned you into a better human being; the same feeling I get when I listen to, for instance, a good version of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome September 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is an awesome cd, more up-beat than Buena Vista Social Club. I love all types of music but specially Salsa. If you want to hear what that genre started as, you should listen to this and other old Cuban music, after all the cubans invented the stuff. Somehow Ry Cooder just fits right in. Like I said we invented but we don't own it. Worth every penny.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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Honestly, I can think only of two groups of people who will enjoy this recording, and if you're in either group, I urge you to order it immediately if not sooner.
If you're one of those totally or mostly unfamiliar with Cuban jazz, you'll love this. It's a celebration of life, full of good humor and vigor. The excitement of the music is bound to get to you, and you'll wonder why you've never given it a chance before.
On the other hand, you might be quite familiar with this sound, with the vocals of veterans such as Ibrahim Ferrer, Pio Leyva, Manuel 'Puntillita Licea, Raul Planas, Jose Antonio 'Maceo' Rodriguez, and Felix Valoy, and with the full sound of trumpets, teombones, enhanced by sax, flute, and piano. If so, you'll find this the best you've heard, and will insist on its being in your collection.
If you're in neither group, well, what can I say?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent music .
Published 20 days ago by Biserka
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD for Cuban music lovers.
Awesome CD for Cuban music lovers.
Published 29 days ago by Sukru
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good compilation
The compilation is pretty good, though not as original as I had hoped. I have a pretty extensive collection of cuban music and already own most of the artists on this cd. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kathlyn Parlet
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Afro-Cuban Performers !
Enjoyed this collection of known Authentic Afr-Cuban Artists, of the past and recorded after all these decades. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paulette D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Afro Cuban All Stars!
I gave four stars because I really like this group. I saw them live over a decade ago, and still think their music is fantastic. The sound quality is decent, too.
Published 11 months ago by EJ Riggs
5.0 out of 5 stars I read the reviews
All the reviews for this album were excellent and I was not disappointed, I hope that they come out with another album
Published 14 months ago by Ronald Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This is one of the most interesting music projects I have seen in Cuba. They gather the top of the top musicians to create an memorable album
Published 17 months ago by K. Buitron-vera
5.0 out of 5 stars AC All Stars are Great
Love the sound. rhythms, instrumentation, vocals, & beat. Music is the international language - I'm not at all fluent in Spanish, Cuban, etc. Who cares? It gets me up & moving... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Bob T.
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW !
This album really is that good.If you are looking for this older type of sound then look no futher.Gets your feet moving and your pulse raceing.
Published on June 23, 2012 by J
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
This album is probably one of the best work on cuban son in the last 10 years. I highly reccommend to anyone interested to learn on the classic cuban music. Read more
Published on April 12, 2011 by R. Trujillo Gonzalez
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