I ordered this album thinking that I was going to relive the music that in my childhood I had listened in family parties and saw my parents dance (when there was a lighter spring in their step.) I was not wrong! From the very first cut " Nostalgia de Palmeras" to very last note in this album there is nothing but a sequence of memories. Some good some bad, but all in all this album is a journey into memories held dear by my heart and they define me as well as many other forty somethings. More objectively I can say that if you are a latino, or at least a Spanish speaking Anglo, the beauty of the lirics,- sometimes coy, at times romantic and often unabashedly elegant- offer an experience defined every bit by the clarion of her voice as by the beauty of orchestration. In the the remastering process all of it comes through with three dimensional qualities. Celia's interpretations compiled in this album are from different moments in her career. You can actually appreciative that...
This is the first salsa or any similar CD that I've ever purchased. It's not music that had previously spoken to me for personal listening.
But I couldn't get Celia Cruz's haunting Te Busco out of my mind. Even though I heard it only years before in the closing sequence of the exceptional Australian film, Lantana. When a clip appeared on youtube, I was a goner, and felt compelled to purchase the album.
This has become a favorite CD. I play it often.
Now, years later, I'm an intermediate Spanish student and I had to try to translate Te Busco. I couldn't listen now without knowing this song of so obvious longing and memory. I really got stuck on one of the verses and posted it to a Spanish/English forum.
"No wonder you are confused about 'me roban formas de tu rostro'," a native of Spain wrote back...
The incomparable Celia Cruz only gets better with her age, if that's even possible for the Latin Queen of Rhythm. Her expressive boleros are as much acoustically seductive as they are technically musical. High quality recording. Very enjoyable. A must for all Latin music lovers.
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