Buena Vista Social Club was of course the ensemble of Cuban musicians established in 1996 and the subsequent album issued in 1997. That Grammy-winning record enjoyed phenomenal success, with sales of eight million copies, to date. It is now being reissued for its 25th anniversary, newly remastered and featuring previously unheard tracks from the original 1996 recording sessions.
Recorded in just seven days, in Havana, under the direction of Juan de Marcos González and American guitarist Ry Cooder, no one could have predicted how this group of artists would be elevated to the world stage and come to popularise Cuba’s rich musical heritage The album has been remastered by Bernie Grundman and will be reissued as a 2CD deluxe set in a 64-page casebound book packaging. This features new sleeve notes, photos and lyrics etc. The second disc in this set features 12 previously unreleased bonus tracks from the original 1996 session tapes.
This most beautifully captivating album introduced to the world an amazing & inspiring group of musicians that hold such a dear place in my heart…..from the multiple listens & revisits to this wonderful record through the years….to the absolute joy & luxury of having seen most of them make it out to Oz for tours in various combinations (back in the day!)….this incredibly special recording will remain on my ‘desert island discs’ list …FOREVER!!
**ALSO AVAILABLE ON 2LP – CALL ME TO PRE-ORDER VINYL.