Most days this time of year I just want to stay under the covers and wait until spring. Curl up and read a good book, et al. It seems with music I also like spending this time of year “under the covers” as well. What with the recent post about 50’s & 60’s classics done by alternative artists, that just segues nicely into the album I feature today. Rhythms del Mundo is the name of the “band” this disc (along with a couple others) was released under. It seems to be basically the fine musicians featured on the Buena Vista Social Club film and soundtrack who have decided to make albums “to raise awareness and funds for climate crisis projects and natural disaster relief.” This album Classics has the “Rhythms del Mundo” basically acting as a house band featuring popular artists singing some “classic” tunes. This album is fun, it’s not great, though there are some fine stand-out tracks. For the most part it’s kind of a fun little album to put on in the background of a party or some such thing and have people wonder why Santana is now covering all these songs (no actual Santana). I do enjoy a good cause that brings together lots of artists, especially when they feature new and different ideas. These songs are a fun Cuban re-imagining of the originals. I do enjoy the Killers and most covers they do, this is no exception, and it is probably a favorite of the album. When I saw the band Eagles recently in concert they added a beautiful southwestern horn part including a lovely intro that took the song to a new level. This Killers track is similar in feeling. The boys from Vegas make this track a new southwestern classic – with an obvious Cuban leaning which is nice. I also really enjoy most anything KT Tunstall does and this track is a nice version of the old Patti Smith Group song, though most people my age will much more likely to know it as the 10,000 Maniacs tune done on their MTV Unplugged album. Another couple of fine tracks include a Spanish version of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and an instrumental version of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ featuring Rodrigo Y Gabriela.
The group has also put out a couple other albums, one of German tunes (Cubano Alemán) and another just entitled “Cuba.”
Hotel California (Eagles Cover)|Rhythms del Mundo (featuring the Killers)
Under Pressure (David Bowie/Queen Cover)|Rhythms del Mundo (featuring Keane)
Because the Night (Patti Smith Group Cover)|Rhythms del Mundo (featuring KT Tunstall)