Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Featuring original members of the Buena Vista Social Club, this selection of the best of Buena Vista includes tracks such as "Chan Chan," "A Buena Vista," and other fantastic, exotic movements.
Editor: Diz Heller.
Translator: Ute Entwistle.
Arc Music's 2012 compilation Best of Buena Vista rounds up 18 recordings from musicians who earned popularity as part of the landmark album Buena Vista Social Club, including Raúl Planas, Compay Segundo, Pío Leyva, Jose Artemio Castañeda, and Soneros de Verdad. The collection isn't particularly well documented but the music is strong, so this is a good sampler for those who are looking to dig a little deeper than the Ry Cooder-produced 1997 album. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Fabulous son cubano
The release of Ry Cooder's Buena Vista Social Club album in 1996 introduced many of us to the sound of "son cubano", the Cuban blend of Spanish and African melodies and rhythms that was a feature of the Havana dance club since the 1940s. Influenced by American jazz - and especially by Willis Conover's Voice of America Jazz Hour in the 1950s and 60s - the music of the venerable Cuban musicians became a big hit. Here is another excellent ARC CD of world music, with a selection of the best of Buena Vista by a few of the original BV musicians. They're led by a leading sonero, Luis Frank, and the great singer Pio Leyva. But just as important, the album features the accomplished musicians of Buena Vista: the Next Generation. The highlight is Compay Segundo's Chan Chan, the breakout hit from the original album, which is sung here by his nephews. This is amazing, vital, rhythmically complex and melodic music that will put a smile on your face, and get your body moving.
Submitted on 12/07/12 by Dean Frey