Friday, October 31, 2008

Buena Vista Social Club: At Carnegie Hall

Buena Vista Social Club
At Carnegie Hall
Nonesuch Records [2008]

Fire Drills Review:
If you never have heard the Buena Vista Social Club self-titled record from 1997 stop now and seek it out. If you have then you will be excited to see this live release because clearly it is long overdue given that it was recorded in 1998. As we sit here now three main contributors - vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer, pianist Rubn Gonzalez, and guitarist/vocalist Compay Segundo have all passed away so it is even more essential to hear what these artists excelled at for years - the live show. It is an entertaining full 2 CD set that sounds great and captures a historic moment in time which can't be recreated again. This is the forum the Buena Vista Social Club music is supposed to be played in and At Carnegie Hall is the perfect disc to hear it!

Key Track: "Chan Chan"

Band With Similar Fire: Ry Cooder

De Camino a la Vereda (mp3)

Official Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club MySpace

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-Reviewed by Aidan Rox