Rolling Stone - p.1324.5 stars out of 5
-- "[The] show, captured on this two-disc set, is even more emotionally engaging than the group's eponymous album, which triggered a worldwide Latin-jazz revival."
Buena Vista Social Club: Eliades Ochoa, Compay Segundo (vocals, guitar); Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo (vocals); Rub‚n Gonz lez (piano); Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez, Manuel "El Guajiro" Mirabal.
Personnel: Hugo Garz¢n, Manuel "Puntillita" Licea, P¡o Leyva (vocals); Benito Su rez Magana, Ry Cooder (guitar); Octavio Calder¢n (trumpet); Joachim Cooder (drums, percussion); Angel Terri Domech (congas); Roberto Garc¡a (bongos, cowbells, guiro); Alberto Vald‚s (maracas, background vocals); Amadito Vald‚s (timbales).
Audio Mixer: Martin Pradler.
Recording information: Carnegie Hall, New York, NY (07/01/1998).
Authors: Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez; Angel Terri Domech; Eliades Ochoa; Jenny Adlington; David Bither; Wim Wenders; Jerry Boys; Amadito Vald‚s; Nick Gold ; Omara Portuondo; Ry Cooder; Barbarito Torres; Charlie Gillett.
Photographers: Geraint Lewis; Jo Smith; Ebet Roberts; Donata Wenders; Susan Titelman.
When Ry Cooder went to Cuba in 1996 to collect top musicians from the island's pre-Castro musical heyday for a collaborative album, he could not have anticipated the phenomenal success of the final product. The BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB went on to win a Grammy and become the top-selling world music album of all time. When the musicians who participated on the album appeared together on stage at New York City's Carnegie Hall in 1998, it was an event celebrating not only Cooder's vision but the glory of Cuba's golden age of music.
This two-disc set, complete with lavish packaging and beautifully mixed sound, provides an aural document of the experience. Featuring the talents of such masters as Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzalez, Eliades Ochoa, and Compay Segundo, the band gives stirring live renditions of album favorites "Chan Chan," "El Quartro de Tula," and "Dos Gardenias," among others. The kinetic performances and rapturous audience response will make listeners feel they're actually sitting in Carnegie Hall, participating in the historic occasion.