More than a mere Cuban music compilation, this collection, as its name indicates, is a catalog of some of the most revered recordings of Cuban standards, many dating back to the 1950s.

More than a mere Cuban music compilation, this collection, as its name indicates, is a catalog of some of the most revered recordings of Cuban standards, many dating back to the 1950s. The musical and historical appeal is undeniable, especially with classic performances by the likes of Bola de Nieve ("Ausencia") and Maria Teresa Vera ("Veinte Años"). Except for a couple of tracks, namely Willy Chirino's "No Bailo con Lola" and Orquesta Suprema's "Bacunayagua," there is an absence of contemporary interpreters, which steeps this collection too deep in nostalgia. Still, anyone who is remotely a fan of Cuban music will find something here, from standards to more forgotten tracks, including Velia Martínez's "Qué Linda mi Habana" and the beautiful "YaVes Así Pienso Yo."—LC

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