2 CDs - remastered 108 page book on the history of Los Van Van and Cuban dance music in English and Spanish!
"The best collection of Cuban dance music" - The New York Times
"There are many compilations of Los Van Van. Make no mistake, this is the one you want." - Descarga.com
VOLUME 1: ¡Y VAN! LOS VAN VAN 1969 - 1989
VOLUME 2: VANVANÉATE LOS VAN VAN IN THE 90's
108 page perfect bound book by Rebecca Mauleon & Rachel Faro
The first twenty years of Los Van Van! As their songs chronicled the daily lives of Cubans with ironic and witty lyrics, a new sound also evolved -- combining charanga with funk, bubble gum, Beatles and the exciting new songo rhythm.
1, Llegada 2. La Habana Joven 3. Marilú 4. Dale Dos 5. Si A Una Mamita 6. Si No Me Entiendes Tú 7. De La Habana A Matanzas 8. Sanduguera 9. La Habana No Aguanta Más 10. La Resolución 11. El Buena Gente 12. La Titimania 13. El Negro No Tiene Na' 14. No Soy De La Gran Escena
Around 1990 Los Van Van firmly became the creative domain of Juan Formell. He added new life to the group with younger musicians, especially the great singer Mayito and his songs and arrangements reflected the powerful changes that were occurring in Cuba society and in Cuban music.
1. Eso Está Bueno 2. Disco Azúcar 3. Que Le Den Candela 4. Un Socio 5. Que Sorpresa 6. La Fruta 7. Soy Todo 8. Que Pasa Con Ella 9. Te Pone La Cabeza Mala 10. Va Tu Campana No Sueno
This book is a fascinating overview of the history of Los Van Van and of Cuban dance music in general. Containing lyrics to all the songs in the set, along with English translations, comprehensive liner notes in both English and Spanish and many historical and archival photos. This book was created under the close supervision of Los Van Van's director, Juan Formell, who provided many rare and archival photos and insights.
Worth the price of the whole set!
Beloved both at home and abroad, Cuba's legendary group Los Van Van has been called "the greatest Latin orchestra in the world". Under the extraordinary leadership of composer/arranger Juan Formell, they have produced nearly three decades of immensely exciting and sophisticated dance music, whose lyrics ironically reflect the daily life of the Cuban people.
Ashé Records is proud to present a complete retrospective of this important group. Five years in the making, this collection Includes 24 tracks -- from their earliest experimental efforts, to the ironic, catchy songs of the '80's, to the unbelievable excitement of their most recent recordings. – and a comprehensive perfect-bound book containing the story of the group, its musical development and its relationship to Cuban society.With text and lyrics in English and Spanish, rare historical photos and anecdotes, the book alone is worth the price of the collection. A must for Vanvaneros everywhere and a perfect introduction to the excitement of Cuban music.