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Buena Vista Social ClubBuena Vista Social Club

Label:World Circuit – WCV050VMP, BMG – WCV050VMP
Series:Vinyl Me, Please. Essentials – E092
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition, Reissue, Red Brick, Gatefold, 180g
Genre:Jazz, Latin
Style:Afro-Cuban, Cubano, Son, Rumba, Danzon, Guajira


A1Chan Chan
Backing VocalsIbrahim Ferrer
Backing Vocals, CongasCompay Segundo
BongosCarlos González
Composed ByFrancisco Repilado
GuitarRy Cooder
Vocals, GuitarEliades Ochoa
A2De Camino A La Vereda
Composed ByIbrahim Ferrer
Goblet Drum [Dumbek]Joachim Cooder
GuitarCompay Segundo
Guitar, MbiraRy Cooder
Lute [Laoud]Barbarito Torres
MaracasAlberto Valdés*
VocalsIbrahim Ferrer
A3El Cuarto De Tula
Bongos, CowbellCarlos González
Chorus [Chorus Vocals]Luis Barzaga
Composed BySergio Siaba*
Goblet Drum [Dumbek], CongasJoachim Cooder
GuitarRy Cooder
Lead Vocals, GuitarEliades Ochoa
Lute [Laoud]Barbarito Torres
Maracas, Chorus [Chorus Vocals]Alberto Valdés*
B1Pueblo Nuevo
Composed ByRubén González
CongasIbrahim Ferrer
Guiro [Güiro]Lázaro Villa
GuitarRy Cooder
MaracasAlberto Valdés*
B2Dos Gardenias
Composed ByIsolina Carillo*
CongasLázaro Villa
GuitarRy Cooder
MaracasAlberto Valdés*
VocalsIbrahim Ferrer
B3¿Y Tú Qué Has Hecho?
ClavesIbrahim Ferrer
Composed ByEusebio Delfín
Goblet Drum [Dumbek]Joachim Cooder
GuitarRy Cooder
MaracasAlberto Valdés*
Vocals, GuitarCompay Segundo
C1Veinte Años
Composed ByMaría Teresa Vera
Goblet Drum [Dumbek]Joachim Cooder
GuitarRy Cooder
Lute [Laoud]Barbarito Torres
MaracasAlberto Valdés*
VocalsOmara Portuondo
Vocals, GuitarCompay Segundo
C2El Carretero
Backing VocalsIbrahim Ferrer
Composed ByGuillermo Portabales
Guiro [Güiro], Backing VocalsJuan de Marcos González
MaracasAlberto Valdés*
Oud, Bolon, Mbira, Slide Guitar [Floor Slide], PercussionRy Cooder
Vocals, GuitarEliades Ochoa
Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar [Electric Slide Guitar]Ry Cooder
Chorus [Chorus Vocals]Manuel 'Puntillita' Licea
Chorus [Chorus Vocals], ConductorJuan de Marcos González
Composed ByFaustino Oramas
Goblet Drum [Dumbek]Joachim Cooder
Maracas, Chorus [Chorus Vocal]Alberto Valdés*
VocalsIbrahim Ferrer
Vocals, GuitarEliades Ochoa
C4Amor De Loca Juventud
BongosIbrahim Ferrer
Composed ByRafael Ortiz*
Goblet Drum [Dumbek]Joachim Cooder
Slide GuitarRy Cooder
Vocals, GuitarCompay Segundo
Vocals, MaracasJulio Alberto Fernández*
Composed ByEliseo Silveira
Drums, Goblet Drum [Dumbek]Joachim Cooder
Lute [Laoud]Barbarito Torres
Vocals, GuitarCompay Segundo
Composed ByElecto Rosell 'Chepín'*
CongasLázaro Villa
GuitarRy Cooder
MaracasAlberto Valdés*
VocalsIbrahim Ferrer
D3Buena Vista Social Club
ClavesIbrahim Ferrer
Composed ByIsrael López*
Guiro [Güiro]Lázaro Villa
GuitarRy Cooder
MaracasAlberto Valdés*
D4La Bayamesa2:54

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Sticker bullets:
- 1st US Vinyl Reissue of the Classic Grammy-Winning 1997 Album
- Newly Cut Lacquers by Original Mastering Engineer Bernie Grundman
- 2LP 180g Brick Red Vinyl
- Exclusive Print by Artist Vincent Valdez

Issued with an obi strip and a booklet of lyrics, credits, and photos.

Recorded at Egrem Studios, Havana, Cuba, March 1996
Additional recording [...] at Ocean Way Studios, Los Angeles
Mixed at Livingston Studios, London & The Bakery, Los Angeles

℗ & © 1997 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company.

On labels: Made in the EU.

Edition with new foil design Buena Vista Social Club

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4050538611380
  • Label Code: LC 02339
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, "206334E1/A1" machine etched): WCV050VMP-A BG 206334E1/A1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, "206334E2/A1" machine etched): WCV050VMP-B BG 206334E2/A1
  • Matrix / Runout (C-side runout, "206334E3/A1" machine etched): WCV050VMP-C BG 206334E3/A1
  • Matrix / Runout (D-side runout, "206334E4/1A" machine etched ): WCV050VMP-C BG 206334E4/1A
  • Rights Society: MCPS

Other Versions (5 of 64)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Buena Vista Social Club (CD, Album)World Circuit, World CircuitWCD 050, WCD050UK1997
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Buena Vista Social Club (CD, Album)Nonesuch, World Circuit79478-2US1997
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Buena Vista Social Club (2×LP, Album, Stereo)Nonesuch, World CircuitWQJP-2010-11Japan1997
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Buena Vista Social Club (CD, Album, Club Edition)World Circuit, Nonesuch79478-2US1997
Buena Vista Social Club (CD, Album)World Circuit, Nonesuch79478-2Canada1997
  • djsgribbs's avatar
    This reissues was acknowledged by VMP as being ADA. As stated it's a lacquer cut from previously remastered digital files. According to World Circuit: "The 2015 vinyl release of Buena Vista Social Club was cut from the original analogue tapes by Bernie Grundman who also mastered the other formats." All the Classic Records pressing are also AAA.

    Also it should be pointed out that the 2015 Record Industry pressing has identical packaging (minus the art print and vinyl color). The Record Industry pressing is cut slightly louder as well (about 2db). And it goes without saying that the GZ vinyl just isn't up to par with Record Industry. The Classic Records pressings are all superior as well, with varying degrees of packaging to choose from.

    Yes, this VMP reissue does sound good, but I'm not sure why you would go with this version when there are so many other superior versions available.
    • G666's avatar
      I'm looking to get a copy of this release for a good deal. Hit me up if you're willing to sell yours :-)
      • efectocherry's avatar
        Mastering is stella , however, pressing is not good quality, there is non-fills and scratches on some tracks as well backgound noise . It is a shame that a beuty record is press on a non quality control company.
        • ManticoreMantra's avatar
          Another cracker from VMP. Stellar pressing and lovely packaging quality. The mastering is excellent too - very organic sounding - great separation of instruments. Perfection.
          • wmarden's avatar
            Edited one year ago
            Awesome Pressing! Such a treasure of an album! It won't be long until the greedy hoodwinkers jack the price up over $200+. Get it while you can! I'm glad I bought 2.
            • UrBoyBangs's avatar
              I don't know who the dude is commenting below me, but this master sounds pretty damn good. Some great separation of instruments with the acoustic guitar and drums. Probably one of my new favorite albums to spin, which I was not expecting at all.
              • fborrull's avatar
                Edited one year ago
                This is a surprising pick for the Essential Recording track at VMP. I like this album, and the pressing is of very good quality, the usual VMP these days. However, a pressing can only be as good as the master tapes is. I'd dare saying the engineering and original mastering of this record was not 'state of the art.'
                I'd say, if you like this record, go for it, otherwise, skip it.
                • ren.provo's avatar
                  The vinyl is more like a terrecotta or dried apricot. Beautiful, sound and shade, all the same.
                  • leshake's avatar
                    Great presentation, unique color wax. I appreciate VMP trying to pull off a “Criterion” package. A bit of channel distortion on track D4 - La Bayamesa
                    • mcdee911's avatar
                      VMP hit a home run with this release. Quiet and package is pretty. Too bad the price hike for their subscriptions are too unreasonable now for me to continue.