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Cuban Gold 2: Bajo Con Tumbao

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Pare Cochero - Orquesta Aragon Con Los Papines
  2. Punteame Bien El Tres - Estrellas De Chocolate
  3. Bombo Chara - Estrellas Cubanas
  4. Guaguanco A Todos Los Barrios - Estrellas De Areito
  5. Cuidado Con La Percusion - Ritmo Oriental
  6. Quimbombo - Adalberto Alvarez Y Su Son
  7. Mi Bajo Con Tumbao - Orquesta Aragon
  8. Salgado - Reve Su Charangon
  9. Que No, Que No, No Juegues Conmigo - Los Van Van
  10. En Cuba El Son No Se Ha Muerte - Orquesta Original De Manzanillo


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 14, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Qbadisc Records
  • ASIN: B0000020S5
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,144 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This CD, the second in the Cuban Gold series, is like a "starter kit" for the kinds of dance sounds (and bands) that were popular in Cuba during the late 70's through the 80's. That would include "songo" which bands like Van Van and Ritmo Oriental (both in this CD) originated as well as the whole "Onda Areito" named more for the Cuban record label that existed during those years (now I think it's just Egrem), than for a specific sound or style. Each band and cut on this disc is quite distinct from the other, something one can appreciate when the average salsa compilation features a more homogenized sound despite all the different band names.

While the "Fania Sound" was being played and celebrated throughout Latin America (and New York, Miami, etc.) during that era, these Cuban bands and their unique sounds didn't get much play and exposure outside the island. Sad, but true. That's due to the political and sociological isolation of the island, with plenty of blame to go around on all ideological sides.

But enough of depressing politics which goes beyond the scope of a CD review. Let's be thankful that this series gives us a taste of the wonderful material that Cuban musicians living and working on the island were making during those years, while on this side of the pond we had the waves of Fania, "salsa romantica", and then merengue.

According to the notes inside, this CD was compiled by Harry Sepulveda; that's right, the guy who ran the legendary original Record Mart in the Times Square subway station! The Qbadisc label licensed several CDs worth of stuff from the Cuban label Egrem for distribution in the states. I believe to this day, Egrem cannot sell/distribute directly to the US due to the embargo.
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Cuban Gold is a smoker man it one of the best ever to feature great Cuban music out of Cuba I already owned vol.4 & 5 and they kick butt recommend those three.
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authentic Cuban music
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