17 tracks chosen from their six Nonesuch albums, including the hits Bamboleo; Djobi Djoba; Baila Me; Vamos a Bailar; Volare; Love & Liberte; Moorea , and more from the undisputed champs of the World Music charts!
Hailing from the Reyes and Baliardo Gypsy families, this ensemble from the south of France has been playing "rumba flamenca" since the late 1980s. With this 1995 compilation, the songwriting talent and virtuosity this unique group possesses were gathered together in one comprehensive CD. Notable inclusions are the anthemic hit "Bamboleo," from their debut, Gipsy Kings
; the slowly emotive "Trista Pena" the Italian cover "Volaré," from Mosaïque
; and assorted live cuts that wonderfully capture the wild energy these players spark onstage. In short, the Gipsy Kings are a celebratory bunch who know how to rock with a rhapsody of acoustic guitars, passionate vocals, and walls of congas, timbales, cabasas, and bongos. Check this caravan out. --Karen Karleski