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arserocket
(Effluence)
Posted: Mar 22, 2018 15:15
 

this is soooh good, wow
sdwright
(underwater)
Posted: Mar 01, 2018 9:21
 

So nice again... it's like I'm chopping cucumbers in a movie, dancing at the sink... {#Roflol}
VH1
(near Alpha Centauri, then the next left!)
Posted: Oct 07, 2016 7:34
 

Dancer
TerryS
(Another SW)
Posted: May 20, 2016 20:18
 

 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:

Please could you explain what is strange about this? No, seriously. . . in my eye there is nothing wrong with 1. Old ladies 2. Smoking cuban cigars 3. Matching outfits. It is just your perception that is strange I'd suggest.
 
Mr SD,
sorry I have seen a substantial lady roll 'perfectos' on her massive thigh and thought nothing of it, whereas this photo, together with all the perfectly restored antique American cars for hire usually seen in tourist photos of Cuba, leave me unimpressed.
Best stop there.
 
Andybob
(InthewoodsnorthofKincardineOntarioCanada)
Posted: Feb 15, 2016 5:45
 

LOve this music. As a Canadian who's traveled to Cuba many times since the early 90s it's been amazing to see the impact that the Buena Vista Social Club had. Before that first album came out you'd have lots of local musicians playing in the hotels and on the streets. The quality was generally superb and the repetoire quite varied. Post Ry Cooder it seems like the same songs such as Chan Chan get played over and over, presumably giving the tourists what they want. The Castros seem to have incorporated it into the tourist ouevre even going as far as having a Buena Vista Social Club show in some of the resort areas such as Varadero. The irony is that most young Cubans feel as distant from this music as our present generation does from 50s music. But there's a great rock music underground there. Some of the bands I've seen are incredible and once the US embargoes are totally lifted the world should be in for another Cuban musical treat.
1066country
Posted: Feb 15, 2016 5:40
 

Yes, we fans of Cuban music owe a lot of gratitude to Ry Cooder for giving Buena Vista Social Club, recognition to a wider audience.
mgkiwi
(North of South and a little East of West)
Posted: Feb 15, 2016 5:35
 

Ooooooooh, I can almost feel the sun on my back, rum on the rocks in hand. CUBA, will be there soon. Folks, get to CUBA now before the good old US of A get their mits on it!!!!
viajeros
(Medellin, Colombia)
Posted: Dec 14, 2015 8:19
 

so good, thanks RP!
Sunman
(Oxnard)
Posted: Dec 14, 2015 8:15
 

Such a great album!
joetekubi
Posted: Dec 14, 2015 8:15
 

Always love some Ibrahim!
torino390
(Shrewsbury, United Kingdom)
Posted: Nov 13, 2015 0:53
 

not feeling it sorry. another one for the PSD button...
bitbanger
(Just South of the Willy B)
Posted: Jun 09, 2015 10:41
 

 WonderLizard wrote:
Cooder took a lot of grief for Buena Vista Social Club, mostly from young Cubans who thought this white American had a lot of nerve to reintroduce their music to the world at large. But I wonder if we would ever have heard Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, Ruben Gonzalez, or the rest of them if it hadn't been for Cooder's singular venture. Ferrer must have been one cool dude.

 
These great artists would likely have been remained completely forgotten without Cooder's project. For whatever reason the Castro's didn't see fit to promote this part of the history of Cuba's rich culture. Perhaps it was because they were primarily pre-revolution and anything before the worker's paradise of the Castro family business is largely viewed with suspicion in Havana.

Thanks to Mr. Cooder for his vision despite being racially and nationally challenged in the opinion of his critics.

Get's a 10 from Billyburg Brooklyn.
fujogo
(Richmond, VA)
Posted: Jun 09, 2015 8:56
 

 {#Wave}jagdriver wrote:
Hats off to Ry Cooder for exposing all of this great Cuban music to the world.

 

jagdriver
(Now with a New York state of mind)
Posted: Jun 09, 2015 8:54
 

Hats off to Ry Cooder for exposing all of this great Cuban music to the world.
djblitz
(Boston, MA)
Posted: Jun 09, 2015 8:54
 

 mhbrowne wrote:
I also cannot understand the low average rating. To each his/her own I suppose. I LOVE this stuff! 

 
Thankfully, over time it has come up to at least a 7.  I'm going with "small sample size" as the reason regarding your comment from two years ago.  

It's a solid 7 or 8 in most people's minds.   
coloradojohn
(Mihara, nestled in a cove on the SetoNaiKai, Japan)
Posted: Apr 06, 2015 22:45
 

Reminds me of happy times in Melbourne, and backyard parties with my mates Geoff and Vicky and Tazzie Beers in Wave-O Gardens
colt4x5
(95.8 miles from Purgatory. (I measured it.))
Posted: Feb 02, 2015 20:38
 

 mhbrowne wrote:
I also cannot understand the low average rating. To each his/her own I suppose. I LOVE this stuff! 

 
Some people find authenticity challenging. 
shellbella
(so california)
Posted: May 28, 2014 15:11
 

{#Clap}
rdo
(DC)
Posted: Apr 27, 2014 7:59
 

 WonderLizard wrote:
Cooder took a lot of grief for Buena Vista Social Club, mostly from young Cubans who thought this white American had a lot of nerve to reintroduce their music to the world at large. But I wonder if we would ever have heard Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, Ruben Gonzalez, or the rest of them if it hadn't been for Cooder's singular venture. Ferrer must have been one cool dude.

 
I am really shocked this one is not a chart topper. {#Whistle}{#Liar}{#Lol}
WonderLizard
(2,755.46 mi. due east of Paradise)
Posted: Mar 26, 2014 18:53
 

Cooder took a lot of grief for Buena Vista Social Club, mostly from young Cubans who thought this white American had a lot of nerve to reintroduce their music to the world at large. But I wonder if we would ever have heard Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, Ruben Gonzalez, or the rest of them if it hadn't been for Cooder's singular venture. Ferrer must have been one cool dude.