My first awareness of this album was when I saw it for sale as a kid at a Costco store in the late-90's, in a gift-box, before Christmas. I doubt many of its recipients actually listened to it, though.
Of those who praise this, more of the people haven't actually listened to it.
Well, I've listened to this one if that counts
>Baby I dont care where you bury my body when I'm dead and gone
Basically any album that was innovative but not well developed. Like any of the early bluesmen or rock n rollers. Those who were influenced by them essentially finished the idea they had started and became a straight upgrade.
I listen these albums frequently
It's worth watching, the backgrounds are great and the ending brings so many feels
white boy, 16 years old, likes death grips
I love Cuban son, but that album is produced so as to drain it of nearly all life and excitement.
just compare it to the original Chan Chan by Compay Segundo:
now the BVSC version:
I listen exclusively to son recorded before they were competing with and defining their sound to be in line with (or against) the BVSC industry.
the thought of peole whose only experience with Cuban music is from BVSC-approved projects makes me wince a little. yes, many older musicians who were important to the scene finally got their due after years in obscurity. even Cachao supported at least 5 albums by himself as an octogenarian! but the best of this music was made up until the U.S. embargo begun in '62 killed off the economic base for its continued evolution. continues to this day, sadly.
This, I have lots of recordings of Bienvenido Granda, Celio González, Daniel Santos (and lots of Sonora Matancera), Benny Moré, Celina y Reutilio and stuff but I don't have the gear to digitalize those LPs
never seen this before - either here or elsewhere
acclaim has a sense of "presence" to it - not so dissimilar to hype - kind of like inescapability. like the Oscars, for better or (mostly) worse.
so for me it this can't qualify as "acclaimed"
I didn't know about them, but there were lists galore mentioning them. for the record, both Beefheart and Velvet Underground rewarded many hours of listening with interest
I tend to prefer my Gypsies unelegant, as most flamenco singing tends to be:
for flamenco guitar, I need that voice! any great flamenco singer will take me over the top.
best-selling jazz album of all time - what else needs to be said about its unavoidablity on nearly every list ever? it's also bound to be overrated. that said, for his electric period I prefer what he did just before and after it: In a Silent Way and A Tribute to Jack Johnson
what context - revivalism? the heartwarming story of oldsters back in the spotlight?
even if I didn't prefer the original sonically - which I do - I'd still be suspicious about this hype surrounding new product of an old style.
what's more exciting: being at birth of a style, or remembering its glory days? I know which one I prefer...
I just went back and checked the BVSC Live at Carnegie Hall performance - blows the original out of the water for sure.
I wouldn't quibble about calling that one exciting. there's a palpable energy to most live recordings anyway
Everyone listens to that though
plenty listen to this
these are fair points, though everyone used to listen to ALS back in the day (or so I've been told)