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Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall

Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall cover art

Track Listing

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1.01Chan Chan (Francisco Repilado)4:46
1.02De Camino a la Vereda (Ibrahim Ferrer)4:49
1.03El Cuarto de Tula (Sergio Siaba)8:11
1.04La Engañadora (Enrique Jorrín)2:44
1.05Buena Vista Social Club (Israel López)5:59
1.06Dos Gardenias (Isolina Carillo)4:31
1.07Quizás, Quizás (listen to full-length track) (Osvaldo Farres)4:22
1.08Veinte Años (María Teresa Vera)4:07
2.01Orgullecida (Eliseo Silveira)3:18
2.02Y Tu Que Has Hecho? (Eusebio Delfín)3:34
2.03Siboney (Ernesto Lecuona)2:29
2.04Mandinga (Rodríguez Fiffe)5:30
2.05Almendra (Abelardito Valdés)5:49
2.06El Carretero (Guillermo Portabales)5:38
2.07Candela (listen to full-length track) (Faustino Oramas)7:00
2.08Silencio (Rafael Hernández)5:23

News & Reviews

  • Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club to Tour US, Featuring Omara Portuondo, Guajiro Mirabal, Barbarito Torres, Eliades Ochoa

    On September 14, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club brings its world tour to the US for a run of dates that will hit New York, San Francisco, Austin, Atlanta, Indianapolis, and more. The 15-member lineup includes Latin Grammy Award winners Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa, trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal, and laúd virtuoso Barbarito Torres, all of whom count themselves among the original members of Buena Vista Social Club. Opening a number of concerts with his quintet will be Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca.

  • The Guardian's List of 50 Key Events in the History of World, Folk Music Includes Several Ties to Nonesuch

    The Guardian and Observer have published their list of the 50 key events in the history of world and folk music, which includes four events that also have a direct link to the history of Nonesuch Records, events involving Ry Cooder and the Buena Vista Social Club, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, Youssou N'Dour, and Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, and one that would later impact Kronos Quartet.

About this Album

"The concert was more than a musical occasion. Musicians from Cuba in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, some emerging from retirement, were making their United States debuts at no less than Carnegie Hall. With the bittersweet delicacy of a classic bolero, the Buena Vista Social Club simultaneously celebrated the vitality and virtuosity of its musicians and mourned the era they embody." —New York Times

Buena Vista Social Club, the Grammy Award–winning 1997 World Circuit / Nonesuch Records album produced by Ry Cooder, is the biggest-selling world music album ever, with more than eight million records sold to date. The Cuban musicians from the album played a sold-out, one-night-only concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall on July 1, 1998. That show became the climax of the acclaimed 1999 Wim Wenders documentary about the musicians, also called Buena Vista Social Club.

Ten years later, World Circuit / Nonesuch Records release that evening’s performance as Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall—meticulously mixed and mastered by Cooder and World Circuit label head Nick Gold (who executive produced the 1997 album). It features performances by the original Buena Vista Social Club musicians including Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo, Rubén González, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Cachaíto López, and Guajiro Mirabal. Though all of these musicians subsequently went on to resurrect great solo careers, the intervening years have brought the loss of Ferrer, Segundo, and González. Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall is only the second release for the original members.

A popular song from the original Buena Vista Social Club album, “Chan Chan,” opened the Carnegie Hall show and is also available in the Nonesuch Store as a single. As the Los Angeles Times reported in its 1998 Carnegie Hall review, “When the musicians finally walked on stage, the crowd stood and cheered, then erupted at the opening strains of ‘Chan Chan,’ much as a rock audience does on hearing a band’s biggest hit.”


Octavio Calderón, trumpet
Joachim Cooder, drums, percussion
Ry Cooder, guitars
Angel “Terry” Domech, congas
Ibrahim Ferrer, vocals
Roberto García, bongos, cowbell, güiro
Hugo Garzón, vocals
Juan de Marcos González, bandleader, coro, güiro,
Rubén González, piano
Pío Leyva, vocals
Manuel “Puntillita” Licea, vocals
Orlando “Cachaíto” López, bass
Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal, trumpet
Eliades Ochoa, guitar, vocals
Omara Portuondo, vocals
Jesús “Aguaje” Ramos, bandleader for Rubén González, trombone
Salvador Repilado, bass
Compay Segundo, guitar, vocals
Benito Suárez Magana, guitar
Barbarito Torres, laoud
Alberto “Virgilio” Valdés, maracas, coro
Amadito Valdés, timbales

A World Circuit Production
Produced by Ry Cooder
Executive and additional production by Nick Gold
Recorded on July 1, 1998, at Carnegie Hall, New York
Recorded by Jerry Boys with John Harris, Randy Ezratty, and John Bates of Effanel Music
Mixed by Martin Pradler
Mixed at Bay 7 Studios, Valley Village, California
Assistant Mix Engineer Joshua Smith
Mastered by Bernie Grundman, Los Angeles

Cover by Jon Smith and iwant Design
Artwork by iwant Design
Photography by Jon Smith, Susan Titelman, Donata Wenders


This album is available from Nonesuch in the United States and Canada only.

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