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This unique compilation project brings together the legendary musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club & some of today's most popular music stars Chris Martin (Coldplay), Dido, Franz Ferdinand, Sting, Bono, Radiohead among others, performing collaborations of some of their classic hits. The project is a Charity based release through the registered Artist Project Earth (APE) charity (which will allow individual territories to select there own local benefactor) the monies of which are to go to disaster victims and will be paid directly from APE to you local benefactor.

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Created as a benefit project for Artists' Project Earth, an organization devoted to protecting the environment, reversing climate change, and tendering disaster relief, this compilation pairs Western pop stars (U2, Sting, Artic Monkeys, et al) and their hits with all-new arrangements performed by members of Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club plus other Havana-based talent. The overall effect is of a well-meaning but not entirely simpatico mutual admiration society. Coldplay's "Clocks" is a good example; the lead vocal is coolly lethargic, engulfing the spiky crags of the rhythm section like syrup on a waffle. But then, most of the singers sound strangely unconnected to the frisky 1-2-3/1-2 of the clavé beat. The contrast between the two groups of players could have been bracing, and to many ears it perhaps will be, but most of the time, they seem to transmitting from parallel universes. Not surprisingly, the best tracks are those in which hometown icons are left to do what they do best. But the late, great Ibrahim Ferrer's marvelous interpretation of "As Time Goes By" (his final recording) and Omara Portuondo's wistful yet powerful cover of "Killing Me Softly" only serve to further showcase what’s amiss with the rest of the album. --Christina Roden

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listen  4. One Step Too Far [feat. Dido] 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. As Time Goes By [feat. Ibrahim Ferrer] 3:08Album Only
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listen  7. She Will Be Loved [feat. Maroon 5] 4:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Modern Way [feat. Kaiser Chiefs] 3:55Album Only
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listen10. Ai No Corrida [feat. Vanya Borges] 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B000J23416
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The project is Charity based through the registered Artist Project Earth (APE) charity; the monies of which go to disaster victims and will be paid directly from APE to a local benefactor.

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Listening to it at work makes me dance in my chair.
Ginger
If you love Buena Vista Social Club and modern pop music such as U2 or Coldplay this CD is heaven on earth.
La Pohi
Too many good tracks to list them individually -- just buy it!
Anne Whitehead

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CathyCeiger on May 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard Buena Vista's rendition of "Clocks" on the radio earlier this year, it drew me in I was immediately intrigued by the idea of this album. I love Cuban salsa, and many of the fusions are really excellent, such as Clocks, Dancing Shoes, One Step Too Far, and Modern Way. The Spanish-sung tracks that really shine are Ain No Corrida, Fragilidad, and The Dark of the Matinee. For a compilation album, that's a pretty substantial list. The others are okay, nothing special -- the "remixed" Jack Johnson and Maroon 5 tracks don't meld as well, but the original songs are so good they kindof make up for what's lacking in the Cuban aspect of the pieces. Maybe it's my age, but some of the classic songs just end up sounding boring and dated, and I wasn't that impressed with the vocals on many of the other tracks. Overall, I'm glad I bought the CD, the proceeds benefiting our environment, instead of picking and choosing tracks off of iTunes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MarleyK on February 23, 2007
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I found myself unable to fully concentrate in my local bookstore as I was listening to and enjoying immensely a version of Maroon 5's 'She Will Be Loved' with a latin flair to it!! Even after the song ended I kept hearing this really different sounding mix of music. I finally gave up the books and found the music portion of the store as I HAD to know what it was I was listening to!! I have to admit I love latin rhythms anyway, but on reading the cd cover and learning what I did of this wonderful project I HAD to have this cd!! It's not only GREAT music but helps fund a GREAT cause!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DJAM on July 4, 2007
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The fusion of well known pop artists (ie; U2, Coldplay, etc.) and Buena Vista Social Club totally works on this great CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne Whitehead on March 22, 2007
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I bought this CD after hearing only one song on the radio, "Clocks" by Cold Play. Fortunately, the rest of the CD is just as good. Great morning music, if you really want to wake up! It's very energetic and makes you want to dance along with it. My husband and I enjoyed "discovering" Omara Portuondo, who does a great Spanish language version of "Killing Me Softly With His Song" that is every bit as good as the original by Roberta Flack. Too many good tracks to list them individually -- just buy it! It's great!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By abes on January 18, 2007
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well the songs in this recording are like english known songs translated and arranged for cuban beats.
the best songs in the album are the ones the cuban people sang like killing me softly sang by omara portuondo and as time goes by by ibrahim i also enyoyed fragilidad (fragile - stinG) this song is performed by sting in spanish. The record is very pleasent to the ears, buy it besides the profit of this recording goes to charity associations
el disco esta chido (this record is cool)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By La Pohi on January 14, 2007
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If you love Buena Vista Social Club and modern pop music such as U2 or Coldplay this CD is heaven on earth. You can really feel the good vibes these artists had during their recordings. Just the rendition of "Still aven't found what I'm looking for" is worth the entire album. This is an absolute musical treat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynne on March 10, 2007
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I ordered this cd as a birthday gift for my 23-yr old daughter, who heard about it on NPR. I got one for myself too! The sound is so cool...I especially like the way they incorporated the latin sound into Sting and Coldplay and U2...who's a thunk it??!! One of my new faves. (And she loves it too!)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 4, 2007
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Clocks is killer, and maroon five and she will be loved is really nice.

ARtic monkey have a great dance tune, best line of the whole album :Put on your dancing shoes, you sexy little swine."

very nice.
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