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This album is named after a members-only club that was opened in Havana in pre-Castro times, a period of unbelievable musical activity in Cuba. While bandleader Desi Arnaz became a huge hit in the States, several equally talented musicians never saw success outside their native country, and have had nothing but their music to sustain them during the Castro reign. Ry Cooder went to Cuba to record a musical documentary of these performers. Many of the musicians on this album have been playing for more than a half century, and they sing and play with an obvious love for the material. Cooder could have recorded these songs without paying the musicians a cent; one can imagine them jumping up and grabbing for their instruments at the slightest opportunity, just to play. Most of the songs are a real treasure, traversing a lot of ground in Cuba's musical history. There's the opening tune, "Chan Chan," a composition by 89-year-old Compay Segundo, who was a bandleader in the '50s; the cover of the early-'50s tune "De Camino a la Verada," sung by the 72-year-old composer Ibrahim Ferrer, who interrupted his daily walk through Havana just long enough to record; or the amazing piano playing on "Pablo Nuevo" by 77-year-old Rubén González, who has a unique style that blends jazz, mambo, and a certain amount of playfulness. All of these songs were recorded live -- some of them in the musicians' small apartments -- and the sound is incredibly deep and rich, something that would have been lost in digital recording and overdubbing. Cooder brought just the right amount of reverence to this material, and it shows in his production, playing, and detailed liner notes. If you get one album of Cuban music, this should be the one.
© Steve McMullen /TiVo

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1
Chan Chan
00:04:16

Buena Vista Social Club, MainArtist - Ry Cooder, Producer - Bernie Grundman, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Francisco Repilado, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Gold, Executive Producer

© 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, Mastering Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Ibrahim Ferrer, Composer - Nick Gold, Executive Producer

© 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, Mastering Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Luis Marquetti, Composer - Nick Gold, Executive Producer - 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, Mastering Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Ruben Gonzalez, Composer - Nick Gold, Executive Producer

© 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, Mastering Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Isolina Carrillo, Composer - Nick Gold, Executive Producer - 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, Mastering Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Eusebio Delfín, Composer - Nick Gold, Executive Producer

© 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, Mastering Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Maria Teresa Vera, Composer - Nick Gold, Executive Producer

© 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, Mastering Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Guillermo Portabales, Composer - Nick Gold, Executive Producer

© 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, Mastering Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Faustino Oramas, Composer, Writer - Nick Gold, Executive Producer

© 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, Mastering Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Rafael Ortiz, Composer - Nick Gold, Executive Producer

© 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, Mastering Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Nick Gold, Executive Producer - 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, Mastering Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Nick Gold, Executive Producer - 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, Mastering Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Israel Lopez, Composer - Orestes López, Composer - Nick Gold, Executive Producer

© 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, Mastering Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Nick Gold, Executive Producer

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

Album Description

This album is named after a members-only club that was opened in Havana in pre-Castro times, a period of unbelievable musical activity in Cuba. While bandleader Desi Arnaz became a huge hit in the States, several equally talented musicians never saw success outside their native country, and have had nothing but their music to sustain them during the Castro reign. Ry Cooder went to Cuba to record a musical documentary of these performers. Many of the musicians on this album have been playing for more than a half century, and they sing and play with an obvious love for the material. Cooder could have recorded these songs without paying the musicians a cent; one can imagine them jumping up and grabbing for their instruments at the slightest opportunity, just to play. Most of the songs are a real treasure, traversing a lot of ground in Cuba's musical history. There's the opening tune, "Chan Chan," a composition by 89-year-old Compay Segundo, who was a bandleader in the '50s; the cover of the early-'50s tune "De Camino a la Verada," sung by the 72-year-old composer Ibrahim Ferrer, who interrupted his daily walk through Havana just long enough to record; or the amazing piano playing on "Pablo Nuevo" by 77-year-old Rubén González, who has a unique style that blends jazz, mambo, and a certain amount of playfulness. All of these songs were recorded live -- some of them in the musicians' small apartments -- and the sound is incredibly deep and rich, something that would have been lost in digital recording and overdubbing. Cooder brought just the right amount of reverence to this material, and it shows in his production, playing, and detailed liner notes. If you get one album of Cuban music, this should be the one.
© Steve McMullen /TiVo

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