Sierra Maestra / Son: Soul of a Nation
Album: Son: Soul of a Nation   Collection:World
Artist:Sierra Maestra   Added:Jul 2005
Label:Riverboat Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-08-07 Pull Date: 2005-10-09 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Oct 9 Oct 2 Sep 25 Sep 18 Sep 11 Sep 4 Aug 28 Aug 21
Airplays: 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. May 17, 2011: Spotlight On w/ Shara
El Son no Puede Fallar
4. Feb 14, 2006: At the Cafe Bohemian
Si Me Pudieras Querer
2. Apr 03, 2010: Music Casserole
El Son no Puede Fallar
5. Dec 27, 2005: At the Cafe Bohemian
Santa Isabel De Las Lajas
3. Oct 11, 2006: Morning Glory
6. Oct 04, 2005: At the Cafe Bohemian -Tokyo edition
El Paso Franco-Bardo

Album Review
Reviewed 2005-08-04
Son “a generic term covering numerous earlier musical styles,” is celebrated here by the band that has helped kept son alive. On this release, they pay tribute to the great son bands/composers of the past. From the early days (before horns were included), up through the Latin jazz bands of the 50s. This is great stuff, extremely solid throughout with tight arrangements, great performances, and lots of catchy energy. Play it all. And dance, you lazy DJs!

*1. Midtempo blend of horns/perc/vocals w/a nice tripping beat.
2. Relaxed lament of a tired field worker. Nice horns/vox.
*3. Fun & dishy little retro dance. Lazy & so smooth.
*4. A beautiful, romantic ballad. Oh Paco, you devil, you!
5. Downtempo, Afro-Cuban beat, great horns & vox. Yum.
6. Midempo sway w/a lazy feeling. Nice perc/vocal duet.
*7. Bright horns/perc/vox. Nicely energetic dance.
*8. Piano/perc/vocal intro into a sweet/sexy rumba.
9. Playful & jazzy, midtempo & delicious.
*10. Sinfully romantic bolero, beautifully sung. Sigh…
11. Sly & subtly sexy rumba w/a great horns.
12. A lazy, catchy sound w/a hot afternoon feeling.
13. Sharp horns, cool percussion, voices. Midtempo.
14. Soaring vocals, joyful midtempo energy, horns. Oh yes…

Track Listing
1. El Son no Puede Fallar   8. El Paso Franco-Bardo
2. Al Vaiven De Mi Carreta   9. No Hay Como Mi Son
3. Santa Isabel De Las Lajas   10. Si Me Pudieras Querer
4. Ausencia/Aurora/Se Fue/Mora   11. Suavecito
5. Bruca Manigua   12. Olvido
6. A La Loma De Belen   13. La Yuca De Casimiro
7. Pa' Quien Un Pollito   14. El Son Es Para Siempre