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Clasicos De La Provincia

Carlos VivesAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Carlos Vives, the man who rescued one of the best artistic expressions of Colombia, was destined for the world of art, especially music. And through it, and perhaps unknowingly, would become a pure and honest representation of Colombian culture representing his country with honor and humility.

In mid-1977, when Spaniard scientist and founder of the Colegio Hispanoamericano Azures ... Read more in Amazon's Carlos Vives Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 1, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony U.S. Latin
  • ASIN: B00383XYUE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,648,634 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is where it all began...!! November 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Carlos Vives will probably be remembered as the man who globalized Colombian music and musicians.

Clasicos de la Provincia is where it started. Being a Colombian, I really like vallenato. Even though Carlos didn't use the pure original rhythm, this CD is wholly based on it, adding modern sounds such as guitars.

Most of the songs are old classics, and they're top quality by their own. Yet, Carlos Vives manages to create a powerful mixture and made them accesible to another audience. Great combination, great energy... overall, a must-have if you like this type of thing!!! 5 stars.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars una de las mejores muestras de musica latina December 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
este cd de carlos vives rescata uno de los ritmos musicales colombianos ("vallenatos")a traves de una seleccion de los mejores temas de distintos autores.Pese al cambio de ritmo y orquestacion, la adaptacion de Vives logra un formidable ritmo y encanto, sin que pierdan sus caracteristicas originales. No hay en este cd ningun tema que pueda juzgarse ni siquiera mediocre. El resultado es notable y permite descubrir y valorar un ritmo colombiano, que a partir de su primera audicion sera dificil que se despegue algun dia de nosotros.Es una obra indispensable, para aquellos que gusten de ritmos diferentes bien tratados y una muestra del respeto que merece nuestra musica. De mis 400 cd de latinoamerica es uno de los dilectos.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The drop that filled the bucket January 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
"La Gota Fria" (translated "The Cold Drop") was the drop that filled the bucket, back when Carlos Vives broke into the forefront of the Latin American radio airwaves. He busted in with a blend of Colombian folklore music (vallenato) with rock instruments that was not just original, but also sounded amazingly contagious. Within a few months, everyone knew who he was and the rest became history.

After this album, he had a stream of releases, all of which have been up to the public's expectation, maintaining a seamless combination of the genres with lyrics that get you off your feet, either to dance, to fall back laughing or to kiss your loved one. Carlos Vives knows how to do it, and he does it well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing dance tunes from a little-known Latin genre October 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This Vives' superb 1994 musical debut brought the amazing vallenato musical tradition to world consciousness. CLÁSICOS is a collection of twentieth-century Colombian vallenatos, a muscial form originally played with stick, drum and accordion, but here updated to include an impressive array of drums and electric instruments. This is coastal dance music, what Colombians listen to when they party, and it is simply intoxicating.

The classic heavy-groove "La Gota Fria"--radically different than Emiliano Zuleta's original-- kicks the disc off with its story of duelling musicians, and is followed by love songs, laments and even a track ("Alicia Adorada") which filters reggae through Latin sensibilities. From classic portraits of vallenato life-- the town drunk of "Compae Chipuco"-- to love songs like "Amor Sensible," Vives' collection explores the genre's best tunes.

Vives' band, La Provincia, includes members whose fathers wrote some of the tunes, and all are superb players. The music is fluid, supple, deeply groovy and compulsively danceable. The band-- and disc's-- highlight, however, is the awesome accordeon playing of Egidio Cuadrado. As a Guatemalan friend put it, "Jimi Hendrix was the Egidio Cuadrado of the electric guitar," and if so, "Purple Haze" must be Hendrix' guitar version of "Pedazo de Acordeon." Cuadrado, like Keith Richards or Bob Mould, drops blasts of rhythm, then drifts away into sly fragments of solos and back, all in a breath.

The album's genesis is also interesting. Vives was originally a Colombian soap-opera actor and rock musician (who wrote some really bad Colombian rock songs and ballads).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Calling all latin music aficionados! October 29, 2000
By ka
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this CD while living in Spain in '93 and this CD has since never been far from the CD player. On this album Carlos Vives is pure genius. Paying homage to the great folk musicians of his homeland (Colombia), Carlos takes the traditional music that is the soul of his country and adds a modern flare. Close your eyes and you will feel the music on this album touch your soul. You cannot help but move to the rhythms of the bass and the upbeat sound of the accordian. If you understand Spanish, some of the lyrics will make you laugh. If not, the music will lift your spirits. Regardless, this album should be a part of your latin collection!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My absolute favorite March 23, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have many CD's from Carlos Vives, but this one is my favorite. In fact, it's my favorite CD period. Carlos Vives takes a regional Colombian form of music called "Vallenato" and infuses it with great energy. These songs will make you get up and dance, like it or not. One thing that definitely needs to be mentioned is the incredible accordian music, which I believe is the work of his usual accordianist Egidio Cuadrado, that is displayed on this and all his albums. If you are looking for a great latin CD or you own "El Amor de Mi Tierra", his most recent CD, pick this one up. You will not be sorry. I was turned on to Carlos Vives by my favorite person in the world. She knows who she is. Thanks E.G. !!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music!
Love Carlos Vives. His music is uplifting and vibrant. We play it in the house to get things going. I recommend it.
Published 19 months ago by Maria
4.0 out of 5 stars Upbeat. Great to lift your mood.
I love Carlos Vives' music. It is so upbeat and celebratory. Keeps my foot tapping. I'm just discovering his music, and enjoying it very much.
Published 19 months ago by Faith Elisabeth Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Music
The first time I heard the cd I went out to buy it. Didn't find it too easy but with a little effort I found it. Read more
Published on February 10, 2010 by Music lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Loved his CDs, love his music, love his voice...He never dissapoints you, a must buy!!!
Published on September 23, 2005 by Charlotte Bronte
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to be Colombian to love this one!
Bought this CD as a present for hubby and we played it in the car driving through the Canadian Rockies and were just blown away.We had so much fun and listened to it over and over. Read more
Published on October 7, 2003 by Hernan A. Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Tropical at its best!
I heard La Gota Fria and got hooked to the melody and excitement in Carlos Vives's voice. So unique and lively!
You know he is having fun. This is a must have CD! Read more
Published on June 23, 2003 by Mary Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars excepcional album
este cd de vives, recrea la musica de una region de colombia (los vallenatos). Lejos de otros ritmos tropicales como la cumbia, interpretados a base de guitarra y acordeon,... Read more
Published on May 29, 2001 by pablo rossi
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of heart!
Man , Carlos Vives has an incredible way of taking classic cumbia songs, and adapting them to his unique style. The accordian work is tremondous! Read more
Published on May 11, 2001 by S. Sommerville
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