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Time flies when you’re having fun and we can barely believe that the Buena Vista Social Club is now 25 years old! Yet, it is and the album has, once again, been reissued to celebrate this milestone.
Not much has changed, except the enhanced production, mind you, from the last reissue back in 2016, so, if you’ve got that, you may not need this version unless you’re seeking to be a completionist.
But if you’re new to the Buena Vista Social Club and the Cuban jazz scene? This is as good a place to start as any, that flawless, exciting and beautiful sound still sounds fresh and interesting today and the polish they’ve given the production is gentle and not intrusive or damaging.
You’ll soon be dancing around the living room to Candela and El Carretero, though you’ll need to be good to match the precise beats. It doesn’t matter, just let the groove of this album fill you and you’ll be having a good time no matter your dancing skills.
Buena Vista Social Club needs rediscovery by every generation and this reissue is an excellent way to do just that.
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The first time Nicholas went to a live gig, 31 years ago, it turned out to be an Iron Maiden secret gig and he became hooked on the music scene. He was one of the founding writers for Astro Zombie a heavy metal and new world techno-inspired zine and his interview with Rob Caggiano of Anthrax brought in over 300,000 readers. He’s based out of Southeast Asia now, but his love of music is as strong and diverse as ever.