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Album: Buena Vista Social Club
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7.2

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Total ratings: 2341









Released: 1997
Length: 5:25
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Ay candela, candela, candela, me quemo aé.
Ay candela, candela, candela, me quemo aé.

Puso un baile un jutía, para una gran diversión.
De timbalero un ratón, que alegraba el
campo un día.
Un gato también venía, elegante y placentero,
'Buenas noches, compañero'
siempre dijo así el timbal
'Para alguien aquí poder tocar,
para descansar un poco'.
Salió el ratón medio loco,
'también voy a descansar'.
Y el gato en su buen bailar, bailaba un
danzón liviano.
El ratón se subió al guano, y dice
bien placentero:
¡Y ahora si quieren bailar, búsquense
otro timbalero!

Ay candela, candela, candela, me quemó aé.

Oye, Faustino Orama' y sus compañeros,
necesito que me apaguen el fuego.
Margarita llama pronto a los bomberos para
que vengan a apagar el fuego.
Oye, si estás perdida llama a los siete ceros,
y asi vendrán más pronto los bomberos.
Ay candela, candela, candela, me quemo aé,
mama ¡Aaaay!

Tilán tilán
Didilán didilán
Margarita que me quemo
Yo quiero seguir gozando
La candelame está llevando
Me gusta seguir guarachando
Esta tarde venimo' acabando
Como quiera venimo' tocando
La mujer cuando se agacha
Se le abre el entendimiento
La mujer cuando se agacha
Se le abre el entendimiento
Y el hombre cuando la mira
Se le para el pensamiento
De tí me gusta una cosa
Sin que me cueste trabajo
De tí me gusta una cosa
Sin que me cueste trabajo
De la barriga pa'rriba, de la cintura pa'bajo
Mira se quema, se quema, mama
Mira se quema, se quema, oye
Mira mama que me quemo
Mira llama pronto a los bomberos, para que
vengan a apagar el fuego
Mira que el fuego me está quemando
Y yo quiero seguir guarachando
Mira se quema Báyamo, mira que Songo
está que arde
Mira se quema La Maya, mira ese pito
que suena.
Malaguën está que corta mama
Santiago de Cuba está que te mete en llamas
Se quema, se quema, se quema, oye, mira
me quemo, me quemo.
Mira que me quemo, oye, yo quiero
seguir guarachando.
Mira mama que yo vengo quemando.
Faustino Orama' tú está acabando
Mira se quema, se quema
Pero mira mi mami se quema
Oye se quema, se quema
Comments (230)add comment
 Hannio wrote:

Yeah, we should have never relaxed the restrictions so that Cuba could remain the worker's paradise that it is.
 
Workers' paradise?  We (USA) don't offer one either.  But don't get me started. 

Back to the music!  
amazing!!!
Eeeeeeeaaaaaahhhhh beautiful!!!!
 cc_rider wrote:

The move is 'Buena Vista Social Club'.

I love the line where they're driving around looking for where the club was, Compay in the back seat, and Compay, 80-some years old then, says "We need to find an old person, they'll remember. Where are the old people?" Never occurred to him that HE was an old person!

I was fortunate enough to see them on one of their first tours. Just incredible.
c.
 

its still on Amazon Prime.Good doc
Makes me wish I was in Havana right now...
Sublime. Real escapism from a bleak UK.
A little bit of Cuba in the winter  :)
Sounds like a song dedicated to a vaginal lubricant
I can't put my finger on it, but there is something about this song that packs an amazing punch every. single. time.
 skyhigh_71 wrote:
Whole album is a masterpiece. Favorite track is Pueblo Nuevo.
 
Yep!  Love this album.  
"The K Y E..."
Oh, hell yes!

S T A W W W W P .
More cowbell!
Happy ears with this song!
 CrispyDruid wrote:
YES.
 
Hell Yes!!
 sfyi2001 wrote:
NO.

{#Crown}
 
Yes!
YES.
NO.

{#Crown}
 Canadese wrote:
Anybody remember the name of the movie (more of a documentary) where Ry
Cooder went to Cuba and gathered all these old Cuban Jazz musicians to jam
with, eventually putting them on tour in the US (including Carnegie Hall) leading to this album and fame. Buena Vista Social Club was the place where they met to Jam while in Cuba, eventually becoming the band's name.
A very nice documentary.
 
The move is 'Buena Vista Social Club'.

I love the line where they're driving around looking for where the club was, Compay in the back seat, and Compay, 80-some years old then, says "We need to find an old person, they'll remember. Where are the old people?" Never occurred to him that HE was an old person!

I was fortunate enough to see them on one of their first tours. Just incredible.
c.
Anybody remember the name of the movie (more of a documentary) where Ry
Cooder went to Cuba and gathered all these old Cuban Jazz musicians to jam
with, eventually putting them on tour in the US (including Carnegie Hall) leading to this album and fame. Buena Vista Social Club was the place where they met to Jam while in Cuba, eventually becoming the band's name.
A very nice documentary.
My GF adores Chan Chan off this album.
Whole album is a masterpiece. Favorite track is Pueblo Nuevo.
 YES{#Exclaim}finoufk wrote:
2 minutes should be enough !  {#Sorry}

 

Are they.... are they trying to sell me a Gameboy?
Irritating. Bring the cumbia. This is annoying. Mas Green Car Motel!!! Gracias.
 pontfarrer wrote:

{#Sunny}{#Dancingbanana}

All of a sudden, I want to go to Cuba !!!!     



 
In 1998 I went exclusively because of this album. Best trip of my life, and the music is even better there!
Love this band...gotta dance! Salsa!
 
{#Bananajam}
Annoying :-(
Steamy nights in Cartagena, starting out somewhere on the malecon but always ending up dancing all night at Cafe Havana... Both visits I made there, in 2010, '12... The mojitos, the Cuban cigars, the band members, all Cubanos; the Romance, the memories, ~Ay!

{#Sunny}{#Dancingbanana}

All of a sudden, I want to go to Cuba !!!!     


 mgkiwi wrote:
Yeeha, oiling the hips, dusting off the dancing shoes, packing the fedora, sun lotion and a fist full of dollars! Cuba, here I come so lock up your daughters, snake hips is on his way!! VIVA CUBA

 
Snake hips.  HA HA HA  :)
RP is on fire today!
 mgkiwi wrote:
If the rumours are true and the USA are relaxing their restrictions on Cuba, the time to visit is NOW before the USA destroy it, turn it into another Mexico!!!

 
Yeah, we should have never relaxed the restrictions so that Cuba could remain the worker's paradise that it is.
If the rumours are true and the USA are relaxing their restrictions on Cuba, the time to visit is NOW before the USA destroy it, turn it into another Mexico!!!
Yeeha, oiling the hips, dusting off the dancing shoes, packing the fedora, sun lotion and a fist full of dollars! Cuba, here I come so lock up your daughters, snake hips is on his way!! VIVA CUBA
nice sound
nice feel
that's all i need 
This is one of those bands that I guess everyone's just supposed to like, because whatever.  Bottom line though is that this music is repetitive and annoying.  A weak 3 from me
Grating, mind-numbing, repetitive schlock.
dragon1952 wrote:
I'm basically just trying to break in my new speakers right now by playing anything, but I had to mute this as fast as possible because I just can't fucking take it! Jesus H,it makes my fucking brain hurt!

 
{#Chillpill}

You sure managed to type a lot of whine while your brain was melting down. Check out that PSD button on the homepage some time. 


 enks wrote:
Never boring, allways nice, easy, excellent for all ocassions. 

 
Well spoken. A solid 9 from here.
Never boring, allways nice, easy, excellent for all ocassions. 
I'm basically just trying to break in my new speakers right now by playing anything, but I had to mute this as fast as possible because I just can't fucking take it! Jesus H,it makes my fucking brain hurt!
Even great albums sometimes have filler stuffed onto them. 
 Xeric wrote:

Hmmm.  That or the vagaries of taste.  Depending on how inflated one's own ego might be.
 

 

Yeah, you see so much here the attitude "you don't like the music I do, ergo you must suck."


Looking forward to travelling to Cuba!
This was a fantastic documentary from 1999.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buena_Vista_Social_Club_(film)
 MrsTom wrote:
Goes on a bit.....
 
Hence, my "3" rating. I like it at first, but as you observed…
Mira, yo soy el gato en su buen bailar
Goes on a bit.....

Sorry, nothing cheesy about this for me.



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 psmith wrote:
I like this - the only problem is that it's like playing Tropico...

 
same thing here)))
I like this - the only problem is that it's like playing Tropico...
{#Guitarist}  {#Sunny} {#Bananasplit} {#Jump} {#Guitarist}
Happy memories of seeing BVSC at the RAH London in 2013 

{#Daisy}
DRONING. 
Odd choice for early morning. A bit rowdy.
{#Good-vibes}
 joelbb wrote:
Nice music - if you like great musicians playing and singing an extraordinary and unique tune excellently arranged.  The best cut on a magnificent album that saved the world the loss of an entire generation of superb Cuban musicians.  The comments immediately below this one demonstrate the banality of the musically shallow.

 
Hmmm.  That or the vagaries of taste.  Depending on how inflated one's own ego might be.
 
I rated this a TWO?  Huh.  Must have been feeling unusually tolerant that day.  Argh.  Stop, already.
 
An absolute, no doubt, solid 10. This makes me happy.
A few years ago, sitting in a decrepit bar in Holguin, the bar band started into this and a man from the adjacent country gave them money to NOT play, whereupon our table had a whip round and paid them to PLAY it. He left and the party started.
always great......{#Dance}
Makes me want to dance . . . and I don't dance (so that's saying something).
 

Heard this many times on Radio Paradise and have always loved it.

Hadn't realised the lyrics were so raunchy - first half is all metaphors, 2nd half well watch the subtitles from 4.33 ...


Put out the fire! This song is hot, hot, hot!!!!!!


 Hr-Rosendahl wrote:
Love this album!

 
Ditto, not a bad track in the whole thing
i need more cowbell in my life

 

{#Daisy}


Something about a mouse, a candle and a margerita{#Confused}
 ch83575 wrote:
I'm digging the vibe, but I can't understand a word they are saying!
 
Copied off of a lyrics Website—no idea how accurate this is. 

Puso un baile un jutia, para una gran diversion.
De timbalero un ratón, que alegraba el campo un dia.
Un gato tambien venia, elegante y plancentero,
"Buena noches, compaňero"
siempre dijo asi el timbale
"Para alguien aqui poder tocar,
para descansar un poco".
Salio el raton medio loco
Tambien volvio a descansar
Y el gato en su buen bailar,
bailaba un danzón liviano.
El ratón se subió al guano,
y dice bien placentero:
"¡Y ahora si quieren bailar,
búsquense otro timbalero!"

Ay candela, candela, candela me quemo aé (x2)

Oye, Faustino Orama y sus compaňeros,
necesito que me apaguen el fuego.
Ay candela, candela, candela me quemo aé
Margarita llama pronto a los bomberos para
que vengan a apagar el fuego.
Ay candela, candela, candela me quemo aé
Oye, si está perdida llama a los siete ceros,
y asi vendrán más pronto los bomberos.
Ay candela, candela, candela me quemo aé


I'm digging the vibe, but I can't understand a word they are saying!
 Noooooo!  I love this!  It should be loooonnngerrrrr! {#Bananapiano}

finoufk wrote:
2 minutes should be enough !  {#Sorry}
 


2 minutes should be enough !  {#Sorry}
absolutely Love this!!!!!! discovered this band here
 streetgray wrote:
New to RP. The radio station I've been looking for forever! However - not for this track.
 
A good attitude to take.    {#Cool}
Ferrer is a fuckin' genius!
IRRITATING. RP HARDLY EVER GOES OFF. THIS DOES IT.
New to RP. The radio station I've been looking for forever! However - not for this track.
Good time music !
My roots! Thank you, RP.  
Holy cow this sux
 joelbb wrote:
Nice music - if you like great musicians playing and singing an extraordinary and unique tune excellently arranged.  The best cut on a magnificent album that saved the world the loss of an entire generation of superb Cuban musicians.  The comments immediately below this one demonstrate the banality of the musically shallow.
 
Yeah usually it's the musically illiterate that can't get the complexity and value of music like this.
Nice music - if you like great musicians playing and singing an extraordinary and unique tune excellently arranged.  The best cut on a magnificent album that saved the world the loss of an entire generation of superb Cuban musicians.  The comments immediately below this one demonstrate the banality of the musically shallow.
Nice music — if you like this sort of thing. Goes on for about 15 days. PSD. 
 
 Jelani wrote:
This is so irritating.
 
It really is.
 PA1749 wrote:
I have no idea what they are saying, but I'm moving. {#Dancingbanana}
 
To somewhere I can't hear this....
This is so irritating.
 dyharenas wrote:


Which is something you would want when you are dancing it with a hottie...
 
excellent point
 fredriley wrote:

Not while Peter Gabriel's alive, he's not.

 

Whether you like Gabriel or not and admittedly I don't, I have never heard anyone ever claim something like that. I know it is just my opinion, but eclectic is not what comes in mind when I hear Gabriel. He fits is little slow, ambient adult contemporary niche which is fine but not particularly adventurous.
Sounds of Miami after the revolution....
I'd go back to Havana in a hot second if I ever got the chance.
Love this album!
Feels good to hear it just right now. thank you.
Every time I hear this tune it picks up right where it left off last time, leaving exactly as bored as I was the first time. Amazing.
This guy is the real deal
 MJMJ wrote:
¡Ay caramba! this drones on and on.

 

Which is something you would want when you are dancing it with a hottie...
 ozzie1313 wrote:
Ry Coder may be the most eclectic guy ever in rock.
 
Not while Peter Gabriel's alive, he's not.

how about some Polka music? anda 1 anda 2
Ry Coder may be the most eclectic guy ever in rock.
 black321 wrote:
sometimes I really enjoy this style of music, but the timing of when I hear it is critical...not real good listening in the earlier hours.
 
Agreed. A.M. not so happy, P.M. when I need to un-frazzle, much better. Still a strong 7


{#Bananapiano}
{#Bananajam}

The K-Y! The K-Y!
¡Ay caramba! this drones on and on.

 sirdroseph wrote:
Viva la BVSC!{#Cheers}
 

Si, Senore!!! {#Cheers}    
Viva la BVSC!{#Cheers}
I love the BVSC,this song not so much,too "flat".
 WonderLizard wrote:
Ibrahim Ferrer—rest in peace—had more soul in his little finger than all the American Idol contestants since the show's beginning—combined.
  Could be said of pretty much any one of the Club members. Such incredible musicians every one.

Funniest line I remember from the movie/documentary: They're driving around with Compay Segundo (sp?), in a huge ancient convertible, trying to find the place where the actual BVSC was. Compay says "we've gotta find one of the old people, they'll know where it was." At the time, Senor Segundo was over 90 years old! So funny, he didn't even consider the possibility HE was one of the 'old people'.


PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!!
la banda Cubana...fabulosa.....{#Drummer}
 crockydile wrote:
...at the end I just want to scream SHUT UP!! {#Frustrated}
  Yeah, this is horrible.


 helgigermany wrote:
To long song!
 
To long song!

{#Cheers}

¡Salud!
To long song!
Nothing smokes like Candela!!{#Cowboy} Love the song too!{#Lol}
I have no idea what they are saying, but I'm moving. {#Dancingbanana}
sometimes I really enjoy this style of music, but the timing of when I hear it is critical...not real good listening in the earlier hours.

from the improv part:
"...la mujer cuando se agacha se le abre el entendimiento, y el hombre cuando la mira se le para el pensamiento..."


This is the sort of music which is best experienced live and in company, I think, rather than alone on a CD. You need to be in a group of swaying, dancing people and to be able to see the musicians to really appreciate this. On CD it sounds a bit...flat and lacking in atmosphere, and I write that as someone who likes salsa. Nice enough, but I'd rather have the real thing :)