The Best of the Gipsy Kings

The Best of the Gipsy Kings

by Gipsy KingsGipsy Kings


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France's Gipsy Kings have been purveying their distinctive brand of gypsy/flamenco music since the 1970s, when the Reyes brothers (sons of legendary flamenco singer José Reyes) banded together with their talented cousins, the Baliardos, to play the music that was a fundamental part of their lives. After years of amazing performances, the group finally broke worldwide in the late '80s, bringing the sound of their homeland to audiences all over Europe and America. This compilation brings together some of the most spirited selections from their impressive discography. The trademarks of the Gipsy Kings' music are their crisp, undulating rhythms; the gritty, emotive vocals of Nicolas and Andre Reyes, and the phenomenal guitar work of Tonino Baliardo (nephew of flamenco great Manitas de Plata). Baliardo's solos are sharply executed, organically conceived moments of beauty that glow with a lyrical grace. Besides the more traditional flamenco style in which the Gipsy Kings specialize -- exemplified by "Baila Me" and the monster hit "Bamboleo" -- the band extends its reach into more unexpected territory, like the reggaefied "Escucha Me" and Domenico Mondugno's 1958 pop hit "Volare." This is a rich and varied document of an original and important voice in modern music.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/1995
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597935820
catalogNumber: 79358
Rank: 157797

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gipsy Kings   Primary Artist
Canut Reyes   Guitar,Vocals
Marc Chantereau   Percussion
Dominique Perrier   Synthesizer,Piano
Gerard Prevost   Synthesizer,Bass
Claude Salmiéri   Drums
Jean Musy   Synthesizer
Andre Reyes   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Nicolás Reyes   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Paco Baliardo   Guitar,Palmas
Patchai Reyes   Guitar,Vocals
Charles Benarroch   Percussion
Negrito Trasante-Crocco   Percussion,Drums
Tonino Baliardo   Guitar
Diego Baliardo   Guitar,Palmas
Dominique Droin   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Guillermo Fellove   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Reyes   Composer
Jahloul "Chico" Bouchikhi   Composer
Claude Martinez   Producer
Nick Patrick   Producer,Engineer
Dominique Perrier   Arranger
Gerard Prevost   Arranger,Producer
Roland Guillotel   Engineer
Andre Reyes   Composer
Nicolás Reyes   Composer
Francois Delabriere   Engineer
Paco Baliardo   Composer
Tonino Baliardo   Composer
Daniel Michel   Engineer
Maurice Diego Baliardo   Composer
M. de Plata   Composer
Francesco Migliacci   Composer

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