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Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club

1997

Buena Vista Social Club

Album Summary

Buena Vista Social Club is the debut album by the Buena Vista Social Club, an ensemble of Cuban musicians directed by Juan de Marcos González and American guitarist Ry Cooder. It was recorded at Havana's EGREM studios in March 1996 and released on September 16, 1997, on World Circuit. It is the only standard studio album exclusively credited to the Buena Vista Social Club. Buena Vista Social Club was recorded in parallel with A toda Cuba le gusta by the Afro-Cuban All Stars, a similar project also promoted by World Circuit executive Nick Gold and featuring largely the same lineup. In contrast to A toda Cuba le gusta, which was conceived as a revival of the son conjunto, Buena Vista Social Club was meant to bring back the traditional trova and filin, a mellower take on the Cuban son and bolero, as well as the danzón. A critical and commercial success, the album's release was followed by a short concert tour in Amsterdam and New York's Carnegie Hall in 1998. Footage from these dates, together with the recording sessions in Havana, were shown on the Buena Vista Social Club documentary by Wim Wenders, released in 1999. In 2022, The album was selected for preservation in the United States National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally historically or aesthetically significant".

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Rating

3.62

Votes

6061

Genres

  • Jazz
  • World
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Tue Jan 26 2021
3

I felt like a sexy latino on a sun drenched beach in a quiet fishing town in Cuba sipping pina coladas and smiling at the world. Then I got angry that I wasn't on a beach in the sun, drinking and punched a wall.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
2

Blended harmonies, sugary melodies, complementary percussion, buttery voices. A pleasing medley it'd be churlish to pretend isn't, well, pleasing. So I happily tolerated it and would be unlikely to object if I ever heard it again even though ultimately polite musicianship doesn't lift, cleanse or scratch my soul and music that tends too agreeable makes me a tad dis. If that sounds contrarian I guess that's because, to an extent, that's how I like my music - with contradictions and contradistinctions. To put it in a less assholish way: I tuned out a lot That seems to be part of the design here, which I don't get. That's like opting to get your hair stroked when you could get your butthole eaten ;) Okay, now I am being churlish. It was very pleasant.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Well, that was an unexpected joy to listen to. I don't understand a word they're saying but dang if I don't wish I did. They seem to be having so much fun. In some ways, I'm glad I couldn't understand what was being said. It made the whole album into a killer soundtrack for work that enhanced the experience but didn't distract me from the words I was writing. Musicality is so on point it should be bleeding. Just really great.

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Wed May 12 2021
2

This is not music I would normally listen to, but I can appreciate its quality nonetheless. The record starts of well with the energy and swing of Chan Chan and El Cuarto, but Pueblo Nuevo's, or danzon in general, is not something I would find time in my day to listen to. The slower Dos Gardeniaas and Veinte Anos bored me quite a bit. This is a well executed and original album, but it does not fit my music taste very well. Overall score is a 4/10.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
1

Not in English.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
5

❤️

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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

What a way to while away a dark Monday morning. Instantly transported to a cool Cuban bar, with swaying rhythms and cocktails to hand. Perfect.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

What a refreshing album from a talented group of Cubanos. I can definitely see myself spinning this again in the future in order to set a mood, transport myself to another place, dance, or meditate on our brothers and sisters in this intriguing country. I can hear joy and pain in each song, much like Jamaican reggae or Latin/Mexican mariachi music. I am ready to get out of this country and hide in someone else's culture for a while....

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Mon Feb 28 2022
2

Fuck no! First world, early new century granola eaters going to have their latte to the fair and inclusive café right in their basement, and feeling great about themselves for oh such an open view on the world around them. Bleurgh!

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Fri Nov 20 2020
5

Even though it compiles lots of different musicians, there is a great flow to this album. I particularly enjoyed the piano tracks. Highly recommended!

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Thu Jan 07 2021
5

Cool!

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Thu Oct 15 2020
5

Perfect jazz album. Really took me to an happier place

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Tue Nov 03 2020
5

Buena vista social club - cuban like!!!

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Fri Dec 11 2020
5

What a beautiful album.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

This was a wonderful album to have on in the background while I worked today. Loving the latin sounds.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

Absolutely joyous.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

Some fantastic stuff on here bringing that kind of Latin jazz back to the forefront

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Fantastic album, well worth a listen.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
5

Sin lugar a dudas. Solo es cinco porque no hay seis.

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Sun May 23 2021
5

I need to listen to more latin jazz.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Perfect

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

I heard “Chan Chan” in college in…music theory, I think? Anyway, I really liked that song, so I anticipate liking the rest of the album. Yes, I absolutely loved this album. It was so relaxing and beautiful and just good. I should download it.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

This was so uplifting, relaxing and coooool. I really enjoyed it

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

I love this album. Haven’t listened to it in a long time. It’s the spirit of Cuba - and by extension - the Caribbean. The songs have a folk-tune, comforting quality to them that transfers to the listener, even if you can’t understand all the lyrics.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

All-time classic. Always enjoy listening to this, front to back.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

Cannot beat this classic! Truly beautiful music from la isla. I played this for my abuelo and he wept.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

maravillosa musica cubana

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Sat Jan 23 2021
5

Muy bueno y sabroso

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Lovely album. Really enjoyed the Cuban vibes and African overtones. Dad enjoyed it too. I made him listen in the car. I would most certainly listen to this again

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Wed Apr 21 2021
5

Classic, no surprises

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

Buena vista!!!!

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Memories 😊

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Wed Apr 14 2021
5

It's the cheesy backpacker hostel mainstay, but still warms my cold heart

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

Came across this before on another chart. It's pretty highly regarded and plays well- soothing and transporting so it's mood music. You don't need to know what they're singing about. In fact that helps to concentrate on the music. Highly accomplished ensemble - smooth and co-ordinated and although this grates on some people it really hits the spot with me. Superb.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

Like a refreshing sip of iced cool water, an immense breath of fresh air, a much needed sigh after undergoing a repetitious round of heavy lifting. No amount of language barriers can contain the musical synchronicity present in this album, a complete blessing from a country that was once forbidden and sequestered. No club is cooler than the Buena Vista Social Club.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Whoa, nice! So soon we're back in Havana! I recognized this name immediately, and I realized that's because there's a documentary by Wim Wenders about this project that's in the Criterion Collection. I'm not sure what I expected, but it wasn't this. This is some great Cuban music--less jazzy, and more organic than what we heard on Machito. At points I think it could use more energy, particularly in the vocal performances, but it's still a trip worth taking. I could never dislike an album like this. Inevitably though, when it comes to Latin-American music, I can't help but compare what I hear to Totó La Momposina's "Pacantó," which is one of my all-time favorite albums. This doesn't reach the same high-water mark for me, but it's still great. Lots on here to love. Favorite tracks: El Carretero, Chan Chan, El Cuarto de Tula. Album cover: Pretty simple photograph, but I think it's mostly effective. I really like the BVSC stamp, that's a really cool design. But I also think they could've gone with a more exciting, more culturally indicative picture. Actually, this reminds me of that Oasis album cover, What's the Story, Morning Glory. That was two years before this, so maybe these Cubans were huge fans paying homage to their love of Wonderwall. 4/5

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Mon Oct 03 2022
2

It's a nice easy listen, but I'm not really invested in it. I found it a bit much after about 6-7 songs. If I were watching them play in a Havana club while sipping a rum cocktail then this would be 5/5.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
2

File this away with Manu Chao in the 'things that I only ever listened to to impress girls' cabinet. Not memorable in any way, can appreciate that there's a range of styles there, but don't particularly enjoy any of them. Not unpleasant background music, so it can sneak a 2.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

Love this album, always feels like a tropical escape. Great songs, wonderful feeling I get from it. All in all fantastic for an album where I don’t understand a single word.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

Love it. Mum had this album and a live DVD too ... remember this album cover vividly

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Fri Jun 11 2021
5

Class album

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

Classic.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

I was introduced to this album by my Chinese-Brazilian roommate along with a bunch of bossanova stuff. I played this one and Joao Gilberto Live in Montreux endlessly for months, and I still come back to this one frequently. It's even on my regular running playlist. I just love it.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

Un album recontra escuchado. Joya de músicos.

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Tue May 04 2021
5

This is sublime, loved every song.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
5

Heard this when it was released. Ridiculously enjoyable and authentic. One of my go to albums when I'm looking for something different.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

La joya de cuba.

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Tue May 18 2021
5

Such a fantastic album, Ry Cooder is a national treasure.

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Thu May 20 2021
5

Absolutely impeccable Cuban music. The artistry and lyrical genius on here is hard to deny. Near perfect. Will always put this on if I have a rainy day.

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Tue May 25 2021
5

Gawd, this is so good. Absolutely heartfelt and timeless.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
5

Love it start to finish. Timeless. Contains all life itself.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
5

I mean, its an all time classic of all time! The idea behind Buena Vista Social Club was to revive pre-revolutionary music of Cuba, listening to this record definitely paints that landscape.

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Tue May 04 2021
5

Classic

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Wed May 05 2021
5

I haven't listened to a lot of cuban music so this was a real treat to listen to critically. Well produced with a lot of beautiful musicianship on display. Favorite Song: Dos Gardenias

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

Brilliant for any occasion

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

Top notch chill Cuban music. Maybe best for background listening?

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Great to revisit this one.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Calming, Latin

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Fri May 21 2021
5

Awesome vibes

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Wed Jul 14 2021
5

Excellent album that brings together a who's who of Cuban musicians to create something truly wonderful. This album is at once listenable, danceable, and features some amazing musicianship and arrangement. This will going into my rotation.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
5

Amazing bossa nova album I absolutely love this album its sooooo good. The mood the instrumentation even tho I have no idea what they're saying. I feel like I'm being transported to Cuba with a cigar in my mouth. 9.5/10

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Thu Aug 05 2021
5

Claro que sí, por favor

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

Not sure I could manage the whole album in 1 go but this is a significant enough album from the late 90s that was part of me visiting Cuba so marked up

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Wed Aug 18 2021
5

Great world afro-cuban album.

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Sun Aug 29 2021
5

J'ai noté l'album de living color 5/5 au lieu de cette album. Mais living color est 4.15 et celui ci est 5/5. Vraiment un classique. Tellement bon.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
5

A great album, got some heavy listening from me and friends back in the day.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
5

I think this is a great thing, a true artifact in culture. It has its imperfections but for what it is in itself, about perfect

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

Delightful. Really enjoyed it.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

i am shocked 81920480218409281094/10

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Sat Nov 06 2021
5

Listened to this one for pretty much an entire day, the composition is amazing and absolutely fantastic as background music for a relaxed diner. It does really feel like it was recorded in a Cuban social club, and the album is amazing for it.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

Just awesome.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

This album got into myy soull every song but especially camino vereda and the womans songs

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Acere, que bola!

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

HERMOSO

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

I love this album! So good, and Ry Cooder's musical contributions don't stick out.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

Cuba's best musicians gathered together in 1997 to recreate the island sound of the 40's and 50's. This is what resulted and its fucking magical. Authentic and timeless. 5/5

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Sat Dec 25 2021
5

It's a classic, listened to this a lot growing up. It's impressive how an album from a genre that normally gets very little exposure became this popular

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Sat Dec 25 2021
5

Great album. Always loved this one.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

Groovy

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Great album! Introduces the world to Cuban music, I guess. But I love the beats and the instruments. Great variation in the music, all are excellent

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Sat Jan 22 2022
5

New one for me. Nice for cooking.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

I love this album. They have such a unique and pure sound. It's one of those albums that speak directly to your heart and feels like a balm to the soul.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Beautiful album. Not a wild range, but the instrumentation worked wonderfully for what it was. I love this album-a-day!

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

A beautiful classic.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

I just love this album, a lot of nostalgia for me with this one. Masterfully Cubano.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

5/5. Historical, very lovely, nuff said

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

Maravilhoso d+

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Sun Mar 13 2022
5

Fantastisch album voor bij een zomers weertje! Direct in Cubaanse sferen vanaf de eerste noot. Een uurtje genieten!

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Sun Mar 20 2022
5

I loved it. It is a great album.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

I love this so fucking much, god I wanna go to Sicilly. Even though it's Cuban. And they speak spanish. But it's close and I still love it too much to give it less than top score.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
5

Love it!

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

Really like this album, so summery and uplifting

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

have already listened to this a billion times

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

If you think I'm giving less than 5 stars then clearly you hain't been paying attention. Ibrahim Ferrer is one of my musical heroes. I've oddly never heard this, but I've had Rhythms del Mundo on moderately heavy rotation for about 15 years now.

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

Amazing album as always

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Wed Apr 20 2022
5

This album was such a revelation

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Thu Apr 28 2022
5

Fuck yeah, love this shit so much.

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Mon May 02 2022
5

04/28/2022 Solid album!

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Mon May 16 2022
5

Classico y maravilloso

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Thu May 19 2022
5

I’m in love. Completely enamored.

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