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Buena Vista Social Club

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International bestselling band The Buena Vista Social Club introduced Son Cubano, the first Afro-Cuban sound, to music lovers across the globe. However, their record was lucky to have ever come into existence at all. This album (which went on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide) was recorded in 1996 at the Egrem studio in Havana and was organised at the very last minute, replacing another session. Initially, the plan was to bring together Cuban and Malian musicians, but it later transpired that the African musicians had not received their visas. The altered project saw Nick Gold, founder of the British label World Circuit, Ry Cooder, the famous American producer and guitarist, and Juan de Marcos González, conductor of the Afro-Cuban All Stars who had just released their first tribute album to the biggest Cuban bands of the 50s, record an album with local musicians⁠—possibly one of the wisest decisions of their career.


The record features some of the best Cuban musicians, including bassist Orlando 'Cachaíto' López, trumpeter Manuel 'Guajiro' Mirabal and Barbarito Torres, an expert on the laúd, a small Cuban lute, as well as some veteran singers who came out of retirement to record these tracks. Compay Segundo (89), Pio Leiva (80), Ibrahim Ferrer (69), Omara Portuondo (66) and Eliades Ochoa (50) all gathered around the piano played by Ruben Gonzalez (78), who was also recording another album during this time.


Called the Buena Vista Social Club in reference to the famous Havana club where traditional musicians used to meet prior to the 1930s, the album was discreetly released in 1997. Gradually, glowing reviews and positive word-of-mouth attracted the attention of the general public, which was further heightened by the Grammy Award they won that same year. The alchemy between the seasoned vocals, the genius of the musicians and the ever-fresh flavour of these forgotten hits is simply perfect. The result is strikingly authentic, and it’s impossible not to feel the genuine joy felt by these talented and mischievous musicians.


In 1998, the original BVSC line-up put on three concerts: two in Amsterdam and one in Carnegie Hall in New York. Wim Wenders, friend of Ry Cooder, was behind the camera during these exceptional performances. He was also behind the recording sessions in Cuba for Ibrahim Ferrer’s first solo album, which was the main source of material for the film Buena Vista Social Club. Released in 1999, this documentary served to cement this short-lived group’s status as legends.


For most of these artists, this album marked the start of short, international careers. Compay Segundo and Ruben Gonzalez died in 2003, Ibrahim Ferrer in 2005 and Orlando 'Cachaíto' López in 2009. Some of the original band members continued to tour the world under the name Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club and, in October 2015, they were the first Cuban musicians to be welcomed at the White House following the decline of the relationship between Cuba and the USA, demonstrating the huge cultural importance of this record. © Benjamin Minimum/Qobuz

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1
Chan Chan
00:04:16

Buena Vista Social Club, MainArtist - Ry Cooder, Producer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Francisco Repilado, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Gold, ExecutiveProducer

© 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

2
De Camino a La Vereda
00:05:03

Buena Vista Social Club, MainArtist - Ry Cooder, Producer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Ibrahim Ferrer, Composer - Nick Gold, ExecutiveProducer

© 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

3
El Cuarto de Tula
00:07:24

Buena Vista Social Club, MainArtist - Ry Cooder, Producer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Luis Marquetti, Composer - Nick Gold, ExecutiveProducer - Sergio Siaba, Composer

© 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

4
Pueblo Nuevo
00:06:05

Buena Vista Social Club, MainArtist - Ry Cooder, Producer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Ruben Gonzalez, Composer - Nick Gold, ExecutiveProducer

© 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

5
Dos Gardenias
00:03:02

Buena Vista Social Club, MainArtist - Ry Cooder, Producer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Isolina Carrillo, Composer - Nick Gold, ExecutiveProducer - Isolina Carillo, Composer

© 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

6
¿Y Tú Qué Has Hecho?
00:03:13

Buena Vista Social Club, MainArtist - Ry Cooder, Producer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Eusebio Delfín, Composer - Nick Gold, ExecutiveProducer

© 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

7
Veinte Años
00:03:30

Buena Vista Social Club, MainArtist - Ry Cooder, Producer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Maria Teresa Vera, Composer - Nick Gold, ExecutiveProducer

© 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

8
El Carretero
00:03:28

Buena Vista Social Club, MainArtist - Ry Cooder, Producer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Guillermo Portabales, Composer - Nick Gold, ExecutiveProducer

© 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

9
Candela
00:05:27

Buena Vista Social Club, MainArtist - Ry Cooder, Producer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Faustino Oramas, Composer, Writer - Nick Gold, ExecutiveProducer

© 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

10
Amor de Loca Juventud
00:03:21

Buena Vista Social Club, MainArtist - Ry Cooder, Producer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Rafael Ortiz, Composer - Nick Gold, ExecutiveProducer

© 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

11
Orgullecida
00:03:18

Buena Vista Social Club, MainArtist - Ry Cooder, Producer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Nick Gold, ExecutiveProducer - Eliseo Silveira, Composer

© 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

12
Murmullo
00:03:50

Buena Vista Social Club, MainArtist - Ry Cooder, Producer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Nick Gold, ExecutiveProducer - Electo Rosell, Composer

© 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

13
Buena Vista Social Club
00:04:50

Buena Vista Social Club, MainArtist - Ry Cooder, Producer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Israel Lopez, Composer - Orestes López, Composer - Nick Gold, ExecutiveProducer

© 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

14
La Bayamesa
00:02:54

Sindo Garay, Composer - Buena Vista Social Club, MainArtist - Ry Cooder, Producer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Nick Gold, ExecutiveProducer

© 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

Album Description

International bestselling band The Buena Vista Social Club introduced Son Cubano, the first Afro-Cuban sound, to music lovers across the globe. However, their record was lucky to have ever come into existence at all. This album (which went on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide) was recorded in 1996 at the Egrem studio in Havana and was organised at the very last minute, replacing another session. Initially, the plan was to bring together Cuban and Malian musicians, but it later transpired that the African musicians had not received their visas. The altered project saw Nick Gold, founder of the British label World Circuit, Ry Cooder, the famous American producer and guitarist, and Juan de Marcos González, conductor of the Afro-Cuban All Stars who had just released their first tribute album to the biggest Cuban bands of the 50s, record an album with local musicians⁠—possibly one of the wisest decisions of their career.


The record features some of the best Cuban musicians, including bassist Orlando 'Cachaíto' López, trumpeter Manuel 'Guajiro' Mirabal and Barbarito Torres, an expert on the laúd, a small Cuban lute, as well as some veteran singers who came out of retirement to record these tracks. Compay Segundo (89), Pio Leiva (80), Ibrahim Ferrer (69), Omara Portuondo (66) and Eliades Ochoa (50) all gathered around the piano played by Ruben Gonzalez (78), who was also recording another album during this time.


Called the Buena Vista Social Club in reference to the famous Havana club where traditional musicians used to meet prior to the 1930s, the album was discreetly released in 1997. Gradually, glowing reviews and positive word-of-mouth attracted the attention of the general public, which was further heightened by the Grammy Award they won that same year. The alchemy between the seasoned vocals, the genius of the musicians and the ever-fresh flavour of these forgotten hits is simply perfect. The result is strikingly authentic, and it’s impossible not to feel the genuine joy felt by these talented and mischievous musicians.


In 1998, the original BVSC line-up put on three concerts: two in Amsterdam and one in Carnegie Hall in New York. Wim Wenders, friend of Ry Cooder, was behind the camera during these exceptional performances. He was also behind the recording sessions in Cuba for Ibrahim Ferrer’s first solo album, which was the main source of material for the film Buena Vista Social Club. Released in 1999, this documentary served to cement this short-lived group’s status as legends.


For most of these artists, this album marked the start of short, international careers. Compay Segundo and Ruben Gonzalez died in 2003, Ibrahim Ferrer in 2005 and Orlando 'Cachaíto' López in 2009. Some of the original band members continued to tour the world under the name Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club and, in October 2015, they were the first Cuban musicians to be welcomed at the White House following the decline of the relationship between Cuba and the USA, demonstrating the huge cultural importance of this record. © Benjamin Minimum/Qobuz

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