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It has been twenty-five years since the Gipsy Kings captured the world's imagination with their self-titled debut album—a record that became a genuine phenomenon, certified gold and platinum around the globe, introducing millions of listeners to a unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms. Since then, the band has toured virtually ... Read more in Amazon's Gipsy Kings Store

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  • Audio CD (March 28, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: March 28, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005J38
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Djobi, Djoba
2. Viento Del Arena
3. Baila Me
4. Un Amor
5. Moorea
6. Volare
7. Quiero Saber
8. Escucha Me
9. La Dona
10. Montana
11. Bem, Bem, Maria
12. Trista Pena
13. Bamboleo
14. Galaxia
15. Vamos A Bailar
16. Love & Liberte
17. A Tu Vera
18. Medley: Bamboleo/Volare/Djobi Djoba/Pida Me La/Baila Me

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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!

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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

Customer Reviews

I love to dance, do sports, party and also work around the house listening to the music!
AAngela
This cd is really great when you are working out. "The Best of the Gipsy Kings" is great cd that introduce me to one of my favorite bands.
M. E. Newell
Nice relaxing somewhat romantic, beautiful music featuring a velvety voiced lead singer and Spanish guitar.
Caitie

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There are no words to truly describe the music of the Gipsy Kings. You just have to listen to understand that this is music that stirs the blood and moves the soul. The Gipsy Kings will transport you to another world, where you will want to dance your heart out, and sing along at the top of your voice - good-bye inhibitions. The sound of this CD is pure magic!
The Gipsy Kings are from the gypsy settlements in Arles, and Montpelier, in the south of France. The group began back in the 1970s and is made up of singers and guitarists from the Reyes and Baliardo families. Lead singer Nicolas Reyes is the son of famed Flamenco singer José Reyes. Their music really took-off in 1986 when they began to work with record producer Claude Martinez. The band's trademark is the indigenous music called the rumba flamenco, with its frenetic guitar work and passionate vocals. The rumba - which originated in Africa - traveled from Zaire via the slave trade to Cuba and the New World, then back to Barcelona, where it was adopted by the Gypsies.
The group sings in gitane, a dialect mixing French, Spanish, and Catalan. "The Best of the Gipsy Kings" is an 18-track, single CD that includes much of their finest work. Cuts like "Djobi, Djoba," "Bem, Bem, Maria," "Escucha Me," and "Baile Me," will literarily move you - your feet, then your hands and shoulders...you just have to dance to this music. The dramatic "Viento del Arena" is pure sound of Spain with a gypsy touch. The mournful "Triste Pena," and "Amor" are ballads with roots plainly in flamenco. And "Volare" is a classic, with a slightly different take - gypsy style.
I have yet to hear anything that I do not like from the Gipsy Kings. There is only music that I love, and music that I like very much. This CD is a compilation of the best of the best!
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I can listen to the Gipsy Kings at any point in the day. There are songs on this album to uplift me and songs to relax me. I don't understand the language, but I find myself trying to sing along. It is that good.
All of their albums are wonderful, but this is by far the best. I find myself repeating the tracks on this album. The guitar music is incredible. I have never heard anyone play a guitar so well and with such swift and intricate notes. The singing is just as wonderful, and each song has its own personality. You will never feel like you are listening to the same song over and over. The Gispy Kings have true talent, and it is wonderful to listen to such great music.
As a side note, I believe that one of their songs, "Bamboleo," was used in a Burger King commerical. Their music is out there. People don't realize it. Get this album today. It is worth it.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Read on December 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is so unlike most music I buy. Most of the stuff I listen to is rock, and I tend to like loud music. However, I've always liked jazz and classical, so I've got my ear open for sounds outside of my normal listening diet.
At one point in college I was going to sit in for a few friends who had an informal flamenco gig. I wanted to get an ear for what I might be playing, so one of the guitarists recommended this disc.
Am I ever glad he did.
Somehow, this album is one I can always get into. It's got great rhythms all the way through, and interesting guitar lines (if you're into King Crimson/Guitar Craft, this may scratch an itch for you). But what's great about this album is that it's very song-driven. Great, usually upbeat songs that make you feel cheerful, even if you don't know what's being said.
The sound on this album is good -- varying in quality in places (some live tracks; tracks from different albums). But you never miss anything important.
The greatest compliment I can give this album (besides the fact that after having owned it for years it still gets heavy play) is that it it's one of the few recordings I hear with totally innocent ears. I don't try and pick apart its production, I don't try and analyze every bit. I just sit back and enjoy -- which is perfect virtually any time.
Strongly recommended -- no matter what you're into. Just listen to a sample.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Morado on March 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Flamenco at its finest. The Gipsy Kings are masters at capturing raw emotion in their music. Never before have I heard such difficult guitar strumming and scales played with such proficiency. Some of my favorite songs are: "Un Amor"-Romantic and sensual. "Viento Del Arena"-Real Middle-Eastern feel to it, with a powerful vocal track by Senor Reyes. "Quiero Saber" and "Triste Pena" are also excellent. Yes, there is Spanish reggae, because "Escuchame" is just that, and it works. "Love and Liberte" is a gorgeous instrumental, and also happens to be the sample Jennifer Lopez uses in the song "Should have Never," FYI. Highly recommended to all, even non Spanish speakers. Listen to the music, it trancends all. Que Dios te bendiga!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Shoemake on June 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It was really quite by coincidence how I came to love the music of the Gipsy Kings. A friend introduced me to their music when he listened to a CD I was playing a by Ottmar Liebert. He said that if I liked Ottmar, I would no doubt love the music of the Gipsy Kings. I just had to find out what all the excitement was about. We went to three CD stores around town before I FINALLY found one place that had the last one on the shelve. The clerk said he can't keep them in stock they sell so fast. NOW when friends come over and I'm playing the CD their heads turn and say "Hey what is the name of that CD?" That music is awesome! I just smile and I know it really doesn't take much to pass on the excitement! The passionate vocals of the Gipsy Kings speaks for it's self.
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