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  • Audio CD (February 8, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: February 8, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Rmm Records
  • ASIN: B00004L8EN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,220 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mi Vida Es Cantar
2. La Dicha Mia
3. La Vida Es Un Carnaval
4. Celia & Tito
5. Medley: Siboney/Babalu/El Cumbachero
6. Azucar Negra
7. Usted Abuso AKA Bose Abusou
8. La Voz De La Experiencia
9. El Guaba
10. Quimbara
11. Cucala
12. Bemba Colora
13. Guantanamera

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By Celia Cruz - RMM (2000) - Cuban Traditions, Latin Jazz, Latin Pop Celia Cruz & Friends: A Night of Salsa is taken from a PBS broadcast recorded in Hartford, CT, on May 12, 1999. With the help of Tito Puente, Johnny Pacheco, La India, and Isidro Infante & the RMM Orchestra, Cruz prances her way through an assortment of career favorites like "Mi Vida Es Cantar" and "Azucar Negra" and more traditional Latin classics like "Guantanamera."

Review

Celia's "friends" at this 1999 tribute concert are Tito Puente, Johnny Pacheco and La India. The direction and production are as smooth as they get, and Cruz herself introduces each cut in her mellifluous Cuban accent: Even when she's talking, it sounds like she's singing. Her extraordinary voice is now lower and even more resonant than in her youth.Particularly stirring is her cover of the bittersweet Cuban mega-hit "La Vida Es un Carnival." Cruz's duet with La India, "La Voz de Experiencia," manages to outdo the original studio version; the salsa princess' obvious ecstasy at sharing the stage with La Reina adds some real spice. Of course, there are the old standards, including a medley of "Babalu," "Siboney" and "El Cumbachera," the raucous "Quimbara," "Usted Abuso" and an improvised version of "Guantanamera" featuring the entire cast. Celia sings her trademark "Bemba Colora" better and better over the years; here it's a veritable incantation, with her voice backed sparely by piano, light percussion and a shadowy chorus. -- From Rhythm Magazine

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To be able to achieve the feeling of actually being there live on a CD is a total gift.
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Una Voz tremenda, Este disco esta encendio!
Jose Lopez

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Luis Hernandez on September 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
In one of her most memorable stage concerts, Celia Cruz along with the help of some famous friends celebrate the world of Salsa music in pure splendor. "Celia Cruz & Friends: A Night of Salsa" is a PBS-produced special that features Celia performing for a sold-out crowd in Hartford, Connecticut. Performing many of her classics, including her trademark song, "Guantanamera," Celia is joined on stage by the late, great Tito Puente, who along with a full Latin orchestra rocks the house by all means necessary. My favorite song, "La Vida es un Carnaval" showcases Celia's ability to stir a crowd with her earthly vocals, her passion for salsa, and her strong cultural ties with the salsa music communities in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and New York. This song will blow anyone away! Trust me!
Later in the program, she is joined on stage by her longtime friend and duet partner, Johnny Pacheco, and by La India, who is known to many as the "Princess of Salsa." This performance, which was the final time Celia and Tito performed before his death in May 2000, is not only a fitting tribute to Celia, but to Tito, who Celia has admired and loved since he helped her reach international stardom upon her arrival to New York after she left Cuba shortly after the Cuban Revolution of 1959. Celia never forgets those who helped her in the past and she graciously gives accolades to all the Puerto Rican artists who always were there for her.
Celia is a true diva. Her choice of costumes and wigs has made her somewhat of a Latina Tina Turner, and her stage persona can't be matched even today. "Celia Cruz & Friends: A Night of Salsa" will provide you with an exciting, rhythm-filled performance that all with enjoy. There are no language barriers when it comes to music appreciation and Celia and friends will validate this statement entirely!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jan Dolff on February 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Un disco con mucho sabor cubano y con una canción, "La vida es un carnaval", que ya está triunfando en Hispanoamérica y que va a dar mucho que hablar en Europa. Cojonudo!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Plain and simple, this album blew me away! If you are a fan of live music, a fan of salsa, and most importantly a fan of La Reina, then this is a must for your collection. Nowhere will you find a tighter, more energetic band, and Ms. Cruz (Dr. Cruz in some circles) is at her interpretive best. Her guests are also quite remarkable and all give memorable, enjoyable performances - her longtime collaborator and stage buddy Johnny Pacheco, La India, her husband Pedro Knight and the late, truly great Tito Puente, El Rey de Timbales. All of the songs are great, but I particularly love Usted Abuso, La Vida Es En Carnaval, Guantanamera and Cucala. BUY THIS CD - Long live the Queen of Salsa!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BOO on July 5, 2006
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THIS CD ROCKS!!! Recorded live at Lincoln Center in 1999. If you missed this concert, fear not. Just listen to this CD and you're there. My favorites are La Dicha Mia, Quimbara and Bemba Colora. The colaborations with the Great Tito Puente, La India(her god-daughter) and the fabulous Johnny Pacheco are genius, just like her. This CD is a total spirit lifter. You'll want to take Salsa dance lessons just to keep up. To be able to achieve the feeling of actually being there live on a CD is a total gift. Very well engineered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vic on September 2, 2003
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I love this album. I just picked it up and i could not stop listening to it. Her voice is none like the others. She has been probably the best sensation in latin music history. Her death was a sad day for those who cherished and love her music. She will always live on in our hearts. This album will have you on your feet dancing in no time. BUY IT!!!! IT'S THE BEST!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Hernandez on September 8, 2000
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I was so excited when I first heard of this album because I'm a big fan of latin music and also because I'm a fan of Celia Cruz because she doesn't have a great voice but she sings with such passion heart. And the guest starts on the album make it a joy to listen to. It nice how you hear her do all her old songs in concert. Now a days you don't hear that very much. If you a fan of Celia of the other artists of this album its worth your price to get. I give this cd 5 stars. Can't wait to get my video so I can see how great she is. Long Live the Queen of Latin Music!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Chapman on January 16, 2003
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What a way to enter the New Year! I caught the video of this performance just after midnight on January 1, 2003, and I could not, absolutely could not do a thing until it was over. Except breathe. What an extraordinary dynamic bundle of rampant, ecstatic, WONDERFUL energy Celia Cruz is, a paradigm of joy ... OK, I've gone over the top with bad writing but though it's sixteen days later, I'm STILL enamorata of salsa, and Ms. Cruz and Company. The music is fabulous!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Caliste on October 26, 2009
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I love this music. Even if you are feeling down..the energy will lift you up.
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