14 Songs, 59 Minutes

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.

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.

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