A nicely priced 37-track collection from the biggest act in international music (at least until Ricky Martin came along)! Includes their best-known songs along with a couple of tracks that have never come out in the U.S. plus other rarities like the cover of Hotel California that was used in the film The Big Lebowski and their version of I've Got No Strings . Plus, Bamboleo; Un Amor; Mi Corazon; Oy; A Ti A Ti; Sin Ella; Djobi Djoba; La Dona; Allegria , and more.
There's very little doubt that the Gipsy Kings are good at what they do--they've become the brand name in Sevillana, the pop-oriented flamenco style. Since 1989, when the single "Bamboleo" and their Gipsy Kings
album broke through and went gold in the United States, they've found a willing audience in America for their style, which, while flashy, doesn't demand a great deal of the listener, unlike more hardcore versions of flamenco. This double set collects 37 of their biggest tracks, including a version of the Eagles
' "Hotel California," into one package guaranteed to satisfy fans of their precise, jubilant playing. And there's no denying they have the power to move people with their singing and fretwork, making this a must for those who want to experience all the familiar material in one sitting. Like the band themselves, the record is an unqualified success as a greatest hits package. --Chris Nickson