Buena Vista Social Club At Carnegie Hall(2 CD)
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MP3 Music, October 14, 2008
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'With the bittersweet delicacy of a classic bolero,' said The New York Times in a review of the concert, 'the Buena Vista Social Club simultaneously celebrated the vitality and virtuosity of its musicians and mourned the era they embody.' The cultural significance of BVSC's performance was matched by its political momentousness; this concert offered a rare opportunity for these master Cuban musicians, coming together for the first time as a single ensemble, to freely play their classic songs for an American audience. This two-CD set preserves an important, but sadly evanescent, moment when borders and bureaucracies miraculously disappeared in the name of art. As singer Portuondo, who would subsequently embark on her own successful American tour, recalled, 'I felt triumphant seeing how we all worked together as a group, seeing how the music reached the audience...We felt so elated to be able to share our music. All of us had known each other for many years and played together many times, but it was a unique and unrepeatable occasion that our culture and our roots could reach the public through such a beautiful concert with all of us there together on the stage.'
To build awareness and anticipation for the live set, Nonesuch released a digital single of 'Chan Chan,' the concert's opening number and arguably the
BVSC's signature song, on July 1, the 10th anniversary of the concert date. The two-disc package also includes candid, often quite moving, first-person reminiscences from many of the surviving participants about the days-and hours-leading up to the concert and the once-in-a-lifetime experience of the evening itself. As album producer and fellow performer Cooder puts it, 'Listening to the tapes of the concert for the first time in ten years, I'm struck by what an amazing musical event it was. You'll never hear it again, people of this caliber working together. They were dramatic personalities and they're nearly all gone. There's nobody left like that anymore.'
Top Customer Reviews
Of course your parents also like this music and the whole world has spoken about the significance of this album, concert and phenomenon. My folks behave like young teens again trying to dance around the living room like in the old days. That is the music we listen to? Why not. The proof however is my 2 year old niece. I put on the Carnegie Hall CD, she stands on my feet and dances with me. I defy you to sit still. We can't. I travel to the forests of Asia, put my BVSC on and the locals start dancing automatically with me. Try it...
Hope a DVD of this performance is release.
To the musicians that are gone , God Bless Your Souls.
The performance and recording are very good, and considering the historic value of the event it is a must have assuming you already have the studio album. I wished they had released the whole Carnegie Hall and Amsterdam shows on DVD instead.
As another writer mentioned, this release could have been done on one CD instead of two CD's. It appears as very greedy behavior from Nonesuch to release this show as a two CD set. I hope the performers and the families of those who have died will receive the appropriate royalties from this release.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All of Buena Vista Social Club releases are worth collecting .Published 6 months ago by Frank Spicer
Several years ago, I bought our son this same set of CD's by the Buena Vista Social Club at Carneigie Hall. The music is even better than I remembered. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Betsy
Outstanding example of Cuban music and Cuban way of life. A must have if you want to relax and dance the night away. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bernardo Davila