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Havana Mood [2 CDs] Straight Master (Original) & Rhum & Bass (Dub) Limited Edition, CD, Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, CD, Import
  • Label: A.P.C. MUSIC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,662 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc one : Straight Master (Original) 1/ Cien Fuegos 2/ Mil Congojas 3/ No Tieme Telerana 4/ Lagrimas Negras 5/ Rhytm Impro 6/ Yo Soy Como Candela 7/ Descarga Para Gozarte 8/ El Diablo Tun Tun 9/ La Mujer Da Antonio 10/ El Manisero 11/ Al El Vaiven De Mi Carreta Disc two : Rhum & Bass (Dub) 1/ Rhytm Impro Dub 2/ La Mujer De Antonio Dub 3/ Cuban Beat 4/ Mil Congojas Dub 5/ La Mujer De Antonio 6/ Al El Vaiven De Mi Carreta Dub 7/ Yo Soy Como Candela Dub 8/ Radio Cuba Versio 9/ Cien Fuegos Dub One can't quite overcome suspicions of "hopping on the bandwagon" when first encountering _Havana Mood_. Hot on the heels of Ry Cooder's universally acclaimed Buena Vista Social Club project, Bill Laswell and Jean Touitou grab a flight down to Cuba and record their own group of grizzled, ancient legends. The discomfort comes from finding Laswell in the wake rather than in the vanguard of an idea; one wonders whether commercial considerations weighed more heavily than artistic or archivist ones in the planning of this project. Not being privvy to the inner workings of the producers' minds, let it be understood that this is nonetheless a really fine set. The smoky ambience of the sixty-year-old Septeto Nacional and friends recorded here is a milestone of Afro-Caribbean culture. While only a novice in the genre, I have learned that these men were among the players to first develop the "son" sound in Cuba as well as apparently being the first to use the term "salsa" in a song title. On top of these impeccable historical credentials, their mature voices - deep and dark as polished mahogany - and virtuoso playing really swing, and the seduction of the listener is complete. Furthermore, Laswell's and Touitou's package goes a step further than the Cooder project. While the first CD is a "straight", untweaked session documenting these seasoned players going flat out and featuring plenty of vocals both male and female, the second CD is a dub translation

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By David Oehler on June 16, 2010
If you shell out the money, and actually support our entertainers rather than stealing these tracks off some sketchy internet site and robbing musicians from their less-than-glamorous livelihood, you'll uncover a seamless, excellent interpretation that delves into a rediscovery of Cuban music and rhythm. Emphasis on rhythm. If you can't get lost in this collection, then get lost. Amidst the Buena Vista Social Club and recent Cuban musical adventures, this CD is somewhat of a lost gem. Never really seeking award recognition, Bill Laswell inserts his famous and reliant "manipulations" without getting in the way of the happening taking place. It sounds much like a remote/location mic was inconspicuously set up where the musicians were doing what they do best. Not to say that the sound quality suffers, far from that. I would say that Laswell keeps the integrity intact, while making it interesting enough for a club-seeking adolescent to pay attention. Great buy if you can find it.
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