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Editors’ Notes

Ry Cooder traveled deep into Cuba's musical heart, gathering the island's best musicians to record this breakthrough album. Many of these legends hadn't performed together in years, but there's an ease that pervades the album, of people with nothing to prove, entering into rhythm itself and letting it spread across a courtyard. Whether it's the upbeat danceable sons of "Chan Chan" and "De Camino a La Vereda" that sway and sashay, or the boleros "Dos Gardenias" and "Veinte A–os", these are songs of love and longing that bore into the center of the soul. You'd be hard pressed to find more authentic and captivating singers than Compay Segundo and Ibrahim Ferrer, who sound like the first voices on earth. Omara Portuondo sings "Veinte A–os" with a depth of tone and feeling that sounds like she's been practicing for ciento a–os. It's spellbinding. This is the music of life. It has absorbed and reflects the dirt streets, tropical heat, and rust patina of a country still locked in a time that has passed. But the music is utterly 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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