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Rhythms del Mundo - Cuba

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Album: Rhythms del Mundo - Cuba
# Song Title   Time
1)    Clocks
2)    Better Together
3)    Dancing Shoes
4)    One Step Too Far
5)    As Times Goes By
6)    I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
7)    She Will Be Loved
8)    Modern Way
9)    Killing Me Softly
10)    Ai No Corrida - (featuring Quincy Jones)
11)    Fragilidad
12)    Don't Know Why
13)    Hotel Buena Vista
14)    Dark of the Matinee, The
15)    High and Dry
16)    Casablanca (As Time Goes By) - (Bonus Track)
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Aquila Rose, Idania Valdes Casuso, Vania Borges (vocals, background vocals); Coco Freeman, Abdel Rasalps, Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo, Roberto "Guayac?n" Hern?ndez (vocals); Pablo Menendez, Ben Brierley, Jorge L. Chicoy (guitar); Ariel Mendez (violin); Arelis Zaldivar (cello); Antonio Garcia (tenor saxophone); Jorge Braund, Miguel DeLa Hoz (trumpet); Carlos Alvarez Guerra, Demetrio Muniz (trombone); Harold L?pez-Nussa, Jorge Boulet, Roberto Fonseca, Emilio Morales (piano); Tomas Ramos (congas, percussion); Yaroldi Breu Robles (congas); Amadito Vald?s (timbales, percussion); Victoriano "Filiberto" a Sanchez, Emilio DelMonte, Jr. (timbales); Alberto "Virgilio" Vald?s, Danny Cummings, Angel Terri Domech, Alberto Hernanez Plasencia, Kenny Young (percussion); Oscar Figueroa, Iris Avila, Casuso, Freya Lee, Liagne Reina (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Kenny Young ; Laurence Brazil.
  • Liner Note Authors: Mark Lynas; Herbie Girardet; Al Gore; George Monbiot; Tim Flannery.
  • Author: George Monbiot.
  • Photographer: Kenito.
  • Publisher: Hilary Burt.
  • Translators: Victor Reina; Miguel Alexiades; Monica VonThun Calderon.
  • Unknown Contributor Role: Felix Martinez Montero.
  • Arrangers: Demetrio Muniz; Kenito.
  • Turning the covers album concept on its head, Rhythms del Mundo: Cuba doesn't set a varied group of northern artists loose on the music made famous by the Buena Vista Social Club, but instead sets the Club's members lose on the northerners' own songs. Now that's an inspired idea, and all to aid charities assisting the victims of natural disasters and raising awareness of climate change. However, to call this a covers album is a bit misleading, as most of the songs feature the original vocals, and occasionally some of the original instrumentation, but it's not a remix project either, as the Social Club add their own music to the original recordings. So, it's a grand fusion of Cuban and northern sounds. And eclectic to boot, with songs contributed by such international artists as Quincy Jones, Sting and U2, as well as the likes of Radiohead and Coldplay. But to give the set a real frisson, the Social Club also took on such younger, feted artists as Franz Ferdinand, Maroon 5, the Kaiser Chiefs, and the so hot they're actually sizzling Arctic Monkeys. Reaching back into the past, Ibrahim Ferrer and the Club also deliver up a lush cover of "As Time Goes By," Omara Portunondo joins Ferrer for an equally lavish "Casablanca," and in another (and one of her final recordings) the late singer offers up a heartrending "Killing Me Softly." These numbers give the set its timeless quality; the rest its up-to-date feel. Not every song works perfectly, Jack Johnson's vocals are a bit uncomfortable rhythmically on his version, but Coldplay's is superb, the Arctic Monkeys are absolutely lethal, U2's track is stunning, and Dido and Faithless' is sublime. The Club brings out the sweetness and glow of Maroon 5's song, give the Kaiser Chiefs a wonderful Latin kick, totally reinvent Radiohead, then give Quincy Jones a lesson in authentic Spanish music, while trotting out their own soul credentials. Of course the musicianship is flawless, the arrangements inspired, and this mix of north and south proves that the music is not just simpatico, it was surely made for creative melding. ~ Jo-Ann Greene
Professional Reviews
Vibe (p.111) - "Demetrio Muniz's arrangements invest these pop standards with a solid sense of hot Havana polyrhythms."
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