Return of the Buena Vista

The adventure “Buena Vista Social Club” celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with a double CD full of songs as invigorating, tender and shimmering as ever. In addition to the 14 original remastered titles, including the huge hit “Chan chan”, 12 new or alternative versions are available, all of excellent level. Because the recording sessions of March 26, 1996, initiated by Cuban conductor Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, guitarist Ry Cooder and producer Nick Gold, had not revealed all their secrets. That day, the hollow-nosed trio brought together the cream of the crop of Cuban music veterans, including Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo for a moment that was to become legendary. Who then imagined the triumph of the album, sold to date to 8 million copies in the world, of these old briscards always sharpened. And who thought to see them tumble on stage (as far as Toulouse for some of them) for a triumph as late as it is well deserved? The album, with its pretty libretto, tells it all. And makes us very happy (“Buena Vista Social Club : 25 th Anniversary Edition”, World Circuit/BMG).