Released in September 1997, Buena Vista Social Club, the self-titled debut from the ensemble of Cuban musicians assembled by Juan de Marcos González and Ry Cooder, became a worldwide sensation by 1998. Wim Wenders' subsequent Oscar-nominated 1999 documentary made it even more of a phenomenon. The musicians involved, including Ibrahim Ferrer, Eliades Ochoa, Compay Segundo, Rubén González and Omara Portuondo, went on to their own acclaim, too. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of its recording, Buena Vista Social Club is getting a deluxe reissue on September 17. It features the original album, remastered by Grammy-winning engineer Bernie Grundman, and more than a dozen alternate takes and previously unreleased tracks from the 1996 sessions.
“Buena Vista Social Club has probably been the most important album of Cuban music in the late 20th century, and definitely the one that reopened the doors of international recognition for ‘Son Cubano,’" says Juan de Marcos González. "25 years later I can still feel the positive vibes of the studio and, of course, the pleasure of having contributed to some extent to the album that rescued the music of my country and many of its great interpreters from the shadows.”