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Editors’ Notes

In 1997, Ry Cooder became the envy of every producer when he gathered Cuba’s best musicians in one Havana studio to recreate the island sound of the ‘40s and ‘50s. What resulted was nothing short of magical. From Compay Segundo’s gently swaying son “Chan Chan” to Ibrahim Ferrer’s entrancing bolero “Dos Gardenias” to Omara Portuondo’s achingly beautiful rendition of “Veinte Años,” this is the soundtrack of a golden era—authentic and timeless.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic Journey To My Mom's Homeland

Just listening to the music made her eyes swell with tears. After a while, I felt the power of this great music as well and I've latched on to it ever since. A beautiful island, beautiful people, and beautiful music. Buena Vista will put you on a trip you may not want to come back from.


This is music that takes you in so many wonderful directions. Every song is a world on to itself. Want to dance, listen, feel music fill your heart or simply have a conversation witha friend or a loved one over a cup of coffee. It can be done while listening to these great artists. Enjoy!

Simply the Best!!!

To be honest i bought this album on accident. But after listenign to the entire album many times through I have become addicted! The Buena Vista Social Club has a distinct and a unparalleled flavor to their sound. This is a great album! I am now glad that i purchased this album accidently it has introduced me to cuban music at its finest. You will find great joy in listenign to this album many times and not get old of it. I highly recommend this album ...if but 1 song Chan Chan to begin with.


Formed: Havana, Cuba

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Less a band than an assemblage of some of Cuba's most renowned musical forces, Buena Vista Social Club's origins lie with noted American guitarist Ry Cooder, who in 1996 traveled to Havana to seek out a number of legendary local musicians whose performing careers had largely ended decades earlier with the rise of Fidel Castro. Recruiting the long-forgotten likes of singer Ibrahim Ferrer, guitarists/singers Compay Segundo and Eliades Ochoa, and pianist Rubén González, Cooder entered Havana's Egrem...
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