See Gallery. The album became a surprise international best-seller and the most successful album in the history of Cuban music. Add to Cart. Description Tracks 14 Total download size: 1. Be the first to write a review for this item OR just rate it.
It was recorded for World Circuit Records by Ry Cooder over seven days in Havana in , bringing together many of the great names of the golden age of Cuban music in the s, several of whom were coaxed out of retirement for the sessions. In the years that followed the original release, Buena Vista veterans toured the world and were the subject of a celebrated feature film directed by Wim Wenders.
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This was due to the foreign nature of the production, and the dominance of modern Timba, Songo and other musical forms on the island.
Some explain that Buena Vista did not impact the Cuban audience, as they were not creating anything new; they were just playing the same songs that Cubans know and have been playing for many years.
Mari Marques, a Cuban American who leads cultural tours to Cuba, contests that the preponderance of traditional musicians was not solely a consequence of the 'Buena Vista Social Club'. Marques believes the notion that some music had been completely neglected in Cuba is 'a romantic exaggeration that was propagated by U.
British Socialist Workers Party member and Marxist writer Mike Gonzalez believes the ensemble provoked a backward glance to 'timeless, sensual places where dreams and desire merged in a comfortable, evocative music'. Gonzalez asserts that the aura evoked did not represent 'the real Cuba' before the revolution of , nor Cuba in the modern era, but that the Cuban government were happy for the tourist industry to 'enjoy the fruits of this confusion'.
The result was a reminiscence about the pre-revolutionary era—dominated by the politics of Gerardo Machado in the s—30s and then General Fulgencio Batista until —which 'no longer seems so bad'. The below discography includes solo albums released since the first Buena Vista Social Club album that feature the musicians in the ensemble, and that are considered to be under the 'Buena Vista Social Club' aegis.
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