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Ibrahim Ferrer's solo debut, produced in Havana by Ry Cooder, features an extraordinary stylistic range of music, from nostalgic 1950's big band, to stunning ballads, to the rich, country-style son that made the first Beuna Vista Social Club album a hit around the world, and won a new audience for traditional Cuban music. The Ferrer sessions reunited him with legendary Buena Vista colleagues Ruben Gonzalez and vocalist Omara Portuondo, as well as the outstanding original rhythm section, plus Ry Cooder as both player and album producer. Joining the cast are the female vocal quartet Gema 4, former Los Zefiros electric guitarist Manuel Galban, and original Coasters saxohponist Gil Bernard. Certified Gold by the RIAA. (8/01)

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It should never cease to amaze how spry and dramatically potent a force is the Buena Vista Social Club. The group--really a gaggle of aging Cuban maestros brought together for stunning all-star performances--keeps its footing in Cuban dance music at the same time as it revels in the lax tempo of layered hand percussion and traditional rhythms. Ibrahim Ferrer stepped to the international fore as the vocalist on the eponymous BVSC CD in 1997 and here furthers his already-obvious command of everything from sultry, horn-swaying ballads to gritty son tunes like "Mamí Me Gustá." Ferrer's tattered vocal inflections shape the more rollicking tunes so their texture is palpable, especially when belted in antiphonal give-and-takes with the rest of the huge band he totes along here. A 15-member-strong string section steps forward on the bolero tracks, which send off a smoldering passion that's startling in light of the BVSC's heightened, horn-charged charts. But the rich string passages color songs in wide brush strokes, which is to say that they heighten the passion to no end. Ferrer's debut might come in his twilight years, but it's a majorly luminous event. --Andrew Bartlett


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Bruca Manigua (son/afro)Ibrahim Ferrer 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Herido de Sombras (bolero)Ibrahim Ferrer 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Marieta (son)Ibrahim Ferrer 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Guateque Campesino (son montuno/guajira)Ibrahim Ferrer 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Mami me gusto (son montuno)Ibrahim Ferrer 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Nuestra Ultima Cita (bolero)Ibrahim Ferrer 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Cienfueges tiene su Guaguanco (guaguanco)Ibrahim Ferrer 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Silencio (bolero)Ibrahim Ferrer & Omara Portuondo 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Aquellos Ojos Verdes (son)Ibrahim Ferrer 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Que Bueno Baila Usted (son montuno)Ibrahim Ferrer 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Como Fue (bolero)Ibrahim Ferrer 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00000J7IL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,124 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on November 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
From the beginning of the delicious 'son' titled "Bruca Maniguá" it's impossible not to be dragged into an album that's like a trip through yesterday's Cuba, courtesy of Ibrahim Ferrer and Buena Vista Social Club.
The album is a very successful and contagious combination of 'sones' (happy and rhythm filled pieces) and 'boleros' (the name for Latinamerican ballads). The two most successful samples for each, in my opinion, are "Mami Me Gustó" and "Aquellos Ojos Verdes." The first one, a 'son' composed decades ago by Arsenio Rodríguez, same composer of two more tracks in the album, includes a very upbeat piano solo by Rubén González, followed by a divine solo played by Papí Oviedo on the 'tres' (a three-string instrument from the Caribbean). "... Ojos Verdes" instead, a classic but ageless 'bolero', can bring the most tender memories of an age long gone, where seranading the loved one was the norm, rather than the exception.
When you're done with the CD nostalgia mixes up with happiness, for the fact that Ry Cooder (producer) was able to discover Ibrahim Ferrer's exceptional musical talent. It's so ironic to think that this former Beny More bandmember ("Que bueno baila usted") actually made his record debut hereby, a man born in 1927, but with a sense of romance and rhythm that defies age and any stereotype.
As for the comments some reviewers make, criticizing Ry Cooder's slide guitar playing, I don't agree with them, but then again, it's largely a matter of personal preference.
Final Note: Luckily enough for listeners who don't speak or understand Spanish, the English translation of the lyrics is included.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on October 9, 2001
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From the beginning of the delicious 'son' titled "Bruca Maniguá" it's impossible not to be dragged into an album that's like a trip through yesterday's Cuba, courtesy of Ibrahim Ferrer and Buena Vista Social Club.
The album is a very successful and contagious combination of 'sones' (happy and rhythm filled pieces) and 'boleros' (the name for Latinamerican ballads). The two most successful samples for each, in my opinion, are "Mami Me Gustó" and "Aquellos Ojos Verdes." The first one, a 'son' composed decades ago by Arsenio Rodríguez, same composer of two more tracks in the album, includes a very upbeat piano solo by Rubén González, followed by a divine solo played by Papí Oviedo on the 'tres' (a three-string instrument from the Caribbean). "... Ojos Verdes" instead, a classic but ageless 'bolero', can bring the most tender memories of an age long gone, where seranading the loved one was the norm, rather than the exception.
When you're done with the CD nostalgia mixes up with happiness, for the fact that Ry Cooder (producer) was able to discover Ibrahim Ferrer's exceptional musical talent. It's so ironic to think that former this Beny More bandmember ("Que bueno baila usted") actually made his record debut hereby, a man born in 1927, but with a sense of romance and rhythm that defies age and any stereotype.
Final Note: Luckily enough for listeners who don't speak or understand Spanish, the English translation of the lyrics is included.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Luigi on February 13, 2000
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I have listened this album several times before being able to judge it. At the first times it seemed good but not fantastic, just a bit too traditional if compared to BVSC. But after, I have gradually changed my opinion: this is surely a very good work, with the voice of Ibrahim Ferrer that shines. It is as worthy as the first BVSC album. My preferred songs are "Guateque Campesino" and "Bruca manigua".
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1999
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I first heard the original Buena Vista Social club during the summer of 1998. I learned to salsa dance to that CD. I never thought I would be saying this but Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer is even better than the debut CD. What an amazing and talented group of musicians. The music is full of emotion, incredible talent, and strength. I am in complete awe of these musicians.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Talibah on November 23, 1999
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This CD is a "MUST HAVE" for its cultural and social values. This CD is the heart and soul of Cuba. The smoothness of Ibrahim's voice is truly a mental orgasm, it is smooth, meaningful, seductive it is the mate to your musical soul. Purchase this CD, share it, shout of it to the world! Thank the Creator for blessing us with the Buena Vista Social Club. I personally want to travel to Cuba to absorb more of this magic. The Social Club will be appearing in Los Angeles at the Wiltern Threate on 2-18-2000, See you there...
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By BVSC fanatic on June 6, 2001
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I have rated this CD at 4-stars rather than 5-stars for one reason only -- that it is (in parts) haunted by Ry Cooder's annoying and inappropriate slide guitar. Much as I appreciate Cooder's role in exposing Ibrahim Ferrer to the world outside of Cuba, his guitar work grates on my nerves.
Despite Cooder's guitar, this CD rates as many stars as the midnight Montana sky can hold.
Of all the talented and loveable personalities surrounding the Buena Vista Social Club recordings, Ibrahim Ferrer remains my favorite for reasons beyond the music itself.
Ry Cooder describes him as "walking into the studio sounding like a Cuban Nat King Cole", but I disagree. His voice may share the soft, mellow quality of Cole's, but the similarity ends there. Just below the surface of Ferrer's gentle veneer is a fiery passion that leaves Nat King Cole (in my opinion) looking like Pat Boone with an overdose of skin bronzer!
My favorite tracks are "Bruca Maniguá", "Mamí Me Gustó", "Cienfuigos Tiene Su Guaguancó, and, of course, "Silencio". That said, I love every track on the album.
I strongly recommend that purchasers of this CD invest in a copy of the Buena Vista Social Club video (tape or DVD). The video documents the production of this CD and will GREATLY enhance your enjoyment of it, as the video includes recording sessions and background on the participants from their own mouths.
The video concludes with Ibrahim Ferrer standing on stage at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1998 to a wild standing ovation. He seems amazed at the reception, unable to comprehend what might have provoked it. This frail and humble man's extraordinary gift had been hidden from the world outside Cuba for decades.
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