历年专辑纵横Billboard世界音乐专辑榜、拉丁流行专辑榜与当代爵士专辑榜TOP 10 的超级队伍「Gipsy Kings」，专辑总计在全球累积超过1400万张的销售成绩。
乐团以吉普赛方言的歌词唱作突破语言界线，成功的攻佔美国市场，写下美国乐坛有史以来最畅销法国艺人的专辑销售纪录，吉他之神Eric Clapton对於吉他手 Tonino Baliardo的指法更是讚誉有加。
On ROOTS, the Gipsy Kings deliver on the promise suggested by the title, completely forgoing the synthesizers, bass guitars, and drum kits that have added a contemporary touch to many of the ensemble's previous releases. Instead, the group has gone back to basics in grand style, not only concentrating on the purity of acoustic instrumentation, but also playing with a fire and passion rarely heard in modern music of any genre. Though nearly all the 16 songs here are self-penned (the odd man out being a composition by the legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt), they sound utterly timeless, as if the group were channeling the material directly from the vintage black & white photos that grace the album's stunning packaging.
The emotionally charged vocals of Nicolas and Canut Reyes are perfectly matched by the fleet-fingered, genre-bending lead guitar of Tonino Baliardo throughout, and the album's sound quality is absolutely pristine. One of several high-water marks in an accomplished career, ROOTS is recommended to anyone desirous of the glorious rapture only afforded by the purest of music.
Additional personnel includes: Garth Hudson (accordion); Greg Cohen (double bass); Bachir Mokari (derbouka); Yakouba Sissoko (kora); Cyro Baptista (percussion).
Recorded at Le Mas De Gourgoubes, St-Andre-De-Bueges, France, between June 9 & 26, 2003.
Roots features Nicolas, Canut, Andre, Patchai, and Paul Reyes as well as Tonino, Diego, and Paco Baliardo. Double-bassist Greg Cohen -- known for his work with Tom Waits, Marisa Monte, and Dave Douglas -- joined them. Percussionist Cyro Baptista and The Band's Garth Hudson, on accordion on the tracks "Legende" and "Petite Noya", also play on the record. The UK version of the album comes with a bonus DVD.
Fans of flamenco icons the Gipsy Kings have been waiting a long time for a record like Roots. The group spent much of the last ten years churning out a sleek and heady mix of often disposable worldbeat that, while perfectly executed, never lived up to the promise of their hugely successful 1988 American/English debut. The aptly named Roots finds the brothers Andre and Nicolas Reyes leading the veteran octet through 16 blistering tracks, bereft of the percussion and electronic trickery that has plagued so many of their previous outings. The family collective rented a farmhouse in the south of France for the recording, and the results are nothing short of a revelation. From the opening notes of "Aven, Aven" through the intimate campfire splendor of "Petite Noya," the bandmembers seem possessed by one another, trading stories through the only medium they understand, resulting in a listening experience that's almost mythological in scope. Between the infectious handclaps on "Rhythmic," the two visceral "Fandango" pieces performed by Nicolas and cousin Patchai Reyes, and the pristine (field) production -- it's like an Alan Lomax recording in 24-bit digital -- lie eight men out of time, playing for their country, their history, and most importantly, themselves. Highly recommended.
--James Christopher Monger, All-Music Guide
01. Aven, Aven
03. Fandango (Patchai)
06. Como Siento Yo
09. Fandango (Nicolas)
12. Como Ayer
16. Petite Noyo