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The Classic 'Buena Vista Social Club' LP Will Get A New Vinyl Reissue

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An album that, for many, served as a modern gateway into Cuban music is getting a long-overdue vinyl reissue. Buena Vista Social Club, the 1997 album produced by Ry Cooder and lead by Havana legend Juan de Marcos González will be re-released as a double LP of hefty 180 gram vinyl packaged in a gatefold sleeve and paired with a new 20 page book filled with photos and first-hand accounts of the legendary 90s ensemble.

And the best part is, it's coming quite soon. The Buena Vista Social Club reissue will ship on October 30th on Nonesuch Records and World Circuit. Guaranteed to be much, much warmer than the old CD that's been loaded in your six disc changer stereo for years on end, the vinyl was mastered by Bernie Grundman, who was in the room serving as engineer when Cooder, González and a troupe of veteran Cuban players got together to lay down the unexpected masterpiece.

One might be forgiven for speculating that the new release is also a good sign that Buena Vista Social Club – Adios, a new feature film dedicated to the group, the music of Cuba and the innumerable stories still left untold, is going well. Months ago we heard reports that the Wim Wenders-directed documentary was due out in 2016, but there's been little word on its progress as of late. And (here comes the sad part) the remaining ensemble members are currently in the midst of an extensive "Adios" North American tour, one that will see their long-running performance schedule come to a close, for good. Still, a brand-damn-new BVSC vinyl is something celebrate, and you can already pre-order your own copy over at Nonesuch. Vamos!

Spotted at: FACT