Various Artists

De Cuba: Su Música, Vol. 1

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To compile a good Cuban retrospective is a doddle. To compile a definitive one is wellnigh impossible. But this set really does come close, with a brilliant mix of the can't-omit (Nacional's "Echale Salsita," Arsenio), unexpected twists (Matamoros's "Son de la Loma" but with his conjunto), forgotten classics (Chepin's "El Platanal de Bartolo"), neglected giants (Melodias del 40) historical imperatives (Romeu) and super discoveries (Maria Teresa Vera).

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