Hard to believe yes, but the landmark ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ album is 25 years old and World Circuit Records will celebrate the anniversary with a collection of 25th Anniversary Editions, out September 17 and comprised of 2LP + 2CD Deluxe Book Pack, 2CD Casebook, 2LP Gatefold Vinyl and Digital formats. These editions will contain the original album as remastered by Grammy-winning engineer Bernie Grundman as well as previously unheard tracks from the original 1996 session tapes, including ‘Vicenta’, just released as a single. Other features across the formats include new liner notes, previously unseen photography and lyrics, with extended biographies, art prints and a written history of the legendary original Havana club.
‘Vicenta’ is the first of the previously unheard tracks taken from the 1996 album sessions, which have been selected for these editions by producer Ry Cooder and executive producer Nick Gold. It’s a vocal duet between Buena Vista stars Eliades Ochoa and Compay Segundo and Cooder says, “The Buena Vista boys fly high and never lose a feather. If you miss the boat this time, you’ll have the blues forever.”