Buena Vista Social ClubBuena Vista Social Club

Label:World Circuit – WCV05025, BMG – WCV05025
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo, GZ Media Pressing, 25th Anniversary Edition, 180g
Style:Afro-Cuban, Son, Danzon, Bolero, Trova, Guajira, Ballad


A1Chan Chan4:16
A2De Camino A La Vereda5:03
A3El Cuarto De Tula7:27
A4Pueblo Nuevo
Composed ByIsrael López*
CongasIbrahim Ferrer
GuiroLázaro Villa
GuitarRy Cooder
Udu [Drum]Joachim Cooder
B1Dos Gardenias3:02
B2¿Y Tú Qué Has Hecho?
ClavesIbrahim Ferrer
Composed ByEusebio Delfín
Goblet Drum [Dumbek]Joachim Cooder
VocalsCompay Segundo
B3Veinte Años3:29
B4El Carretero
BolonRy Cooder
Composed ByGuillermo Portabales
GuitarEliades Ochoa
MbiraRy Cooder
OudRy Cooder
PercussionRy Cooder
Udu [Drum]Joachim Cooder
VocalsEliades Ochoa
C1Amor De Loca Juventud3:21
Composed ByEliseo Silveira
DrumsJoachim Cooder
Goblet Drum [Dumbek]Joachim Cooder
VocalsCompay Segundo
C4Buena Vista Social Club
ClavesIbrahim Ferrer
Composed ByIsrael López*
GuiroLázaro Villa
GuitarRy Cooder
Udu [Drum]Joachim Cooder
C5La Bayamesa3:02
Bonus Tracks
D2La Pluma2:52
D3A Tus Pies5:24
D4La Cleptómana3:24
D5Orgullecida (Alternate Trio Take)
Composed ByEliseo Silveira
VocalsCompay Segundo

Companies, etc.



From hype sticker:
25th Anniversary Edition
180g 2LP
• The original album remastered by Bernie Grundman
• 5 bonus tracks taken from the original 1996 session tapes
• 20 page booklet featuring new liner notes, photos, song notes & lyrics

Released in a matte gatefold cover.

This is the GZ Media Press release, there also exists a very similar Optimal Media Press release Buena Vista Social Club.

Running times appear in the booklet.

Made in Czech Republic.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 4 050538 629996
  • Barcode (Scanned): 4050538629996
  • Label Code (On labels and back cover): LC 2339
  • Rights Society (On labels): GEMA/BIEM
  • Other (Cat.# on labels side A and B): WCV05025-1
  • Other (Cat.# on labels side C and D): WCV05025-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): 4050538630008-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): 4050538630008-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C label): 4050538630015-C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D label): 4050538630015-D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 1): WCV05025-A 999587 221974E1 BG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 1): WCV05025-B 917710 221974E2 BG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout, variant 1): WCV05025-C 917707 221974E3 BG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout, variant 1): WCV05025-D 923524 221974E4 BG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 2): WCV05025-A 1040430 221974E1 BG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 2): WCV05025-B 1145299 221974E2 BG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout, variant 2): WCV05025-C 1040534 221974E3 BG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout, variant 2): WCV05025-D 1018219 221974E4 BG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 3): WCV05025-A 917714 221974E1 BG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 3): WCV05025-B 917710 221974E2 BG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout, variant 3): WCV05025-C 1011378 221974E3 BG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout, variant 3): WCV05025-D 923524 221974E4 BG

Other Versions (5 of 72)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Buena Vista Social Club (CD, Album)World Circuit, World CircuitWCD 050, WCD050UK1997
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Buena Vista Social Club (CD, Album, Commerce Pressing)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



  • Vinyl_Burg's avatar
    Edited 4 months ago
    My copy of this album sounds fantastic. The pressing is quiet and flat, too. I wonder if it's mastered from the tapes in analog, or digitally?
    • love-peace-music's avatar
      Edited 4 months ago
      Nice re-issue. Pressing is not as flat as the re-issue from 2015 but it's totally ok and it sounds very well. Don't expect big surprises about the remastering. Maybe a tiny brighter than the re-issue from 2015. The book printing lacks a bit contrast and sharpness (photos). The edition is listed here and there for just €30 now (10-2022) - and that's a price no one can complain about for such a large edition.
      • fluccajr's avatar
        Love this album. Beautiful music. Sounds amazing. My disc 2 is slightly warped but doesn’t affect playback at all.
        • TomMegginson's avatar
          Sounds fine to me, although my only reference is my original CD. It would be interesting to compare with the earlier pressing, but my ears aren't hearing any obvious sonic issues from groove-cramming for the bonus tracks.

          Then again, all my other Cuban music is CDRs purchased directly from bar bands in Havana and Varadero. :)
          • aidiothir's avatar
            Vinyls came warped, and play with constant clicking and crackling spoiling the tracks, even if they look mint. Bad pressing, and also i was completely disappointed that they have added extra bonus tracks not on previous versions, and i realized that after i ordered it, that means diminished in volume of the tracks compared to the previous versions. I should had bought the 2015 pressing which is also cheaper. Now is too late.
            25th Anniversary my ass.
            • arcarsenal's avatar
              Great pressing, I’m not familiar enough with previous ones to pinpoint the differences but the mix was really dynamic. There’s some hand drums in there that knocked me out of my chair. In a good way
              • Within_Your_Reach's avatar
                Easily 5 stars on the sound for this incredibly well recorded masterpiece. Not as dynamic as previous reissues like the 2015 reissue or VMP release, but this is mostly due to squeezing more songs on each side to make way for the bonus tracks on Side 4.

                Unfortunately this is a GZ pressed record and very noticeably so. A fair amount of surface noise and what sounded like brief bits of no-fill in two spots on Side A and C. Being stored in paper sleeves probably didn't help much either and Side B had a big fingerprint on it. Luckily it washed off.

                Overall, a good reissue, but only worth it you really need the bonus tracks or this is your first purchase ever of this record. Otherwise I'd go with the still available 2015 reissue if you want to hear a bit better sounding version.

                Update 04/30/22

                I exchanged my two noisy/defective discs for two new ones. Total night and day difference on quality with these. Very little to no surface noise. The rest of the review stands, but this goes to show how some varied the pressing quality is and not knowing what you're going to end up with.
                • ParadaStudios's avatar
                  Edited 4 months ago
                  Fantastic packaging and sound! Does anyone know if this is an Optimal or GZ Media pressing?

                  Fluance RT-85 TT
                  Ortofon 2M Blue
                  Cambridge Alva Duo preamp
                  Dum Audio “The Amplifier” Amp
                  Dum Audio “The Speakers” Speakers
                  • jnslrzno's avatar
                    Mine is also quiet and flat. Luckily GZ got this one right, sounds fantastic. Does anyone know if this is AAA or from the same digital archives as the VMP pressing?
                    • Brado49's avatar
                      What a gorgeous pressing! No clicks or pops on my copy, and the sound is brilliant. Genuinely sounds like you're in the studio with the musicians. If you have a pulse, you'll love this record.


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