- DVD Audio (December 19, 2000)
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- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Nonesuch
- ASIN: B0000560XI
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (486 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Buena Vista Social Club (DVD Audio)
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Once I purchased my copy of this wonderful CD, I was really hooked. The more I listen to it, the more I love it. The love and emotion for the artists' craft comes through and leaves an indelible mark on each listener's heart.
These once forgotten musicians through the help of Ry Cooder have been able to share their traditional melodies with the western world.
I was amazed to see how successful this album's sale have been for a world music title. But a few listens later, it didn't surprise me at all. I guess people just know great music when they hear it even when it crosses ethnic and language boundaries.
By the way, I'm an audiophile and the sound quality on this album is exceptional. The sound has a lot of depth and ambiance. Try this CD in a high end audio system and you'll experience a certain intimacy you don't find in most traditional studio albums.
I must have asked three seperate times what was playing--the information wasn't sticking because of the distractions, but the music did stick and made a strong impression on me. I bought a copy the next day and haven't played a recording over and over like this since I was a teenager.
The simple arrangements and instumentation are powerful. A guitar, trumpet, conga, saxophone, and vocals that sound as if they are from another time are often all there is to make this gem come alive. The disc is beautifully recorded, yet still sounds as if you have stepped back into the 1950s in Cuba.
I wish I spoke Spanish (more than my mediocre ability to order food at the local bodega) so I could REALLY enjoy this wonderful recording, but it's not necessary. The music speaks for itself and the meaning of the songs are fairly obvious. But to satisfy your curiosity there is a translation included with the Spanish lyrics so you can read along and get the gist even if you aren't Cuban.
This is certainly an essential recording to add to your collection. I expect I will be giving this to several people I know for gifts. No holiday required. It will add texture to any party you choose to play it and it will take the edge off a work day from hell. Cook dinner for yourself and put this on while you chop and sauté. You might even find yourself dancing a bit...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
On a recent visit to Havana we spent the night dancing Salsa at the original club with the only surviving member of the Buena Vista Social Club... Awesome... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ingrid Robertshaw
Premier Cuban music with many of the old popular performers.Published 4 months ago by JOAN S. WHITING
I read so many places about how wonderful this recording is - the music and the recording quality.
I can't say I find the music all that great. Read more
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