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Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall

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    "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.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    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

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    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

    Format availability

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

on September 5, 2008 - 4:33pm
Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

514415

Number of Discs in Set: 
2discs
Artist Name: 
Buena Vista Social Club
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597987317BUN
Price: 
21.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597987300
Price: 
15.00
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597987294
Price: 
0.00
Label: 
LP+MP3
Description: 

"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.”

DescriptionExcerpt: 

This double-disc live recording, produced by Ry Cooder, presents the Buena Vista Social Club's triumphant Carnegie Hall concert—a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of veteran Cuban stars who made history there in 1998. "The 30 musicians onstage that night were aristocracy in action," declared Newsweek.

FormatRestrictions: 

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

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
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

PRODUCTION CREDITS
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