Unforgettable Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club -  Buena Vista Social Club At Carnegie Hall
Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club At Carnegie Hall
Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club At Carnegie Hall (World Circuit/Nonesuch, 2008)

In 1998, the Buena Vista Social Club gave an unforgettable and unrepeatable performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The group was at its prime, featuring all the legendary Cuban stars (Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Eliades Ochoa and Omara Portuondo) that made it famous, along with their American compadre Ry Cooder. Ten years later, a double CD captures that magical night, showcasing the best of Cuban music, ranging from son to mambo, bolero and música guajira.

Buena Vista Social Club At Carnegie Hall includes numerous Cuban classics, including all the favorite songs of Buena Vista Social Club, such as the captivating "Chan Chan," which opens the album, as well as "El cuarto de Tula," "Dos gardenias," "Siboney," "El carretero," and many more. The quality of the live album is outstanding. It was mixed by Ry Cooder and Nick Gold, the head of World Circuit Records, the label that produced the original 1997 recording.

Sadly, the concert is unrepeatable because several of the Cuban masters (Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González) passed away in recent years. Thankfully, the veteran musicians were able to relive a well deserved second golden age in their latter years and left us with a relatively small but exquisite collection of musical treasures. 

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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