Lost and Found

Lost and Found

by Buena Vista Social ClubBuena Vista Social Club


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It's hard to believe that it took Nick Gold and his World Circuit team to plunder the vaults for unreleased Buena Vista Social Club recordings. This loose-knit group of all-but-forgotten all-star musicians from pre-Revolutionary Havana was assembled by Juan de Marcos González and American guitarist Ry Cooder -- and supported by a cast of players they influenced -- to record its self-titled 1997 album that went platinum in the wake of Wim Wenders' 1999 film of the same name. Its members subsequently recorded solo and together, and various versions of the group have continued to tour internationally, but some of its foundational members have since passed on -- singers Ibrahim Ferrer and Compay Segundo, pianist Rubén González, bassist Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez, and bassist Miguel "Angá" Díaz. Lost and Found compiles unreleased vault tracks from the original 1996 EGREM studios sessions, live tracks, and rehearsal sessions from subsequent albums. But this music is anything but a hodgepodge, half-baked assortment. It is assembled with care and attention to the group's legacy. For starters, opener "Bruca Manigua" is one of three excellent live tracks to feature Ferrer on his 2000 tour in support of his debut album, backed by a killer large band. "Macusa" is a vocal duet between Eliades Ochoa and Segundo from the 1996 sessions. The pair delivered the album's standout hit, "Chan Chan." Omara Portuondo's gorgeous reading of the Cuban standard "Lágrimas Negras" could have easily made the cut on the 1997 album; that it didn't is a head scratcher. Likewise, "Tiene Sabor" is sultry and steamy; it's all roiling passion underscored by a saucy female backing chorus and a sizzling violin solo. (This may be the album's finest track.) "Black Chicken 37," a duet between Díaz and Cachaito (playing arco), reveals the improvisational power in Afro-Cuban jazz. Two solo tracks by Ochoa, the guitar instrumental "Quiéreme Mucho" and the bolero "Pedacito de Papel," are haunting in their intimacy. They were recorded after-hours during the album sessions. González is also represented handsomely and poignantly: first by his last ever recorded solo on "Bodas de Oro," a swinging danzón from a session led by trombonist Jesús "Aguaje" Ramos; by the elegant live piano solo "Como Siento Yo"; as well as by his informal scat singing on set closer "Rubén Sings!" Lost and Found is better served as a companion volume to the painstakingly curated Buena Vista Social Club album than as a general listener's introduction to the various musicians. That said, for anyone who ever wished there was more music in the can, this all-killer, no-filler program is indispensable.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2016
Label: World Circuit
UPC: 0075597951790
catalogNumber: 548606
Rank: 4675

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buena Vista Social Club   Primary Artist
Omara Portuondo   Vocals
Jorge L. Chicoy   Electric Guitar
Joachim Cooder   Dumbek
Rubén González   Piano,Soloist
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez   Bass
Eliades Ochoa   Guitar,Vocals,Coro
Miguelito Valdés   Trumpet,Soloist
Miguel "Angá" Diaz   Conga
Adolfo Pichardo   Piano
Tony Jimenez   Tenor Saxophone
Carlos González   Bongos
Enrique Lazaga   Guiro
Manuel "El Guajiro" Mirabal   Trumpet,Coro
Demetrio Muniz   Trombone,Leader,Coro
Javier Zalba   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Roberto García   Bongos
Compay Segundo   Guitar,Vocals
Ibrahim Ferrer   Vocals,Coro
Juan de Marcos González   Conductor,Coro
Alejandro Pichardo   Trumpet,Coro
Amadito Valdés   Timbales
Barbarito Torres   Laoud
Lázaro Villa   Maracas,Coro
Ventura Gutierrez   Baritone Saxophone
Julian Corrales   Violin
Manuel Galbán   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Yaure Muñiz   Trumpet
Rafael 'Jimmy' Jenks   Tenor Saxophone
Roberto Fonseca   Piano
Idania Valdes Casuso   Coro
Riena Hernández Centeno   Coro
Ramses M. González   Claves
Caridad Valdés Menéndez   Coro
Yaremi Alfonso Nápoles   Coro
Carlos Manuel Calunga   Vocals
Luis Alemány Conde   Trumpet
Angel Terri Domech   Conga
Alberto "Virgilio" Valdés   Maracas,Coro
Pedro Depestre   Violin
Filiberto Sanchez   Timbales
Jesús "Aguaje" Ramos   Trombone,Leader,Coro
Yanko Pizaco Pichardo   Trumpet
Rubencito González   Piano
Panthaleón Sánchez   Alto Saxophone
Luis Alemandy   Trumpet
Carlito Gongalez   Bongos

Technical Credits

Arsenio Rodríguez   Composer
Ry Cooder   Producer
Gonzalo Roig   Composer
Miguel Matamoros   Composer
Jerry Boys   Engineer
Ernesto Duarte   Composer
Nick Gold   Producer
Rubén González   Composer
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez   Composer
Miguel "Angá" Diaz   Composer
Rolando Valdes   Composer
Alegre All-Stars   Composer
Nigel Williamson   Sleeve Notes
Miguel Failde   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Francisco Repilado   Composer
Ignacio Piniero   Composer
Tim Jenkinson   Additional Production
Francisco Simó Alberto Damirón   Composer

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