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Café Del Mar

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San Antonio, Ibiza

Café del Mar is a bar located in San Antonio, Ibiza, just to the west of the West End. It is a popular summer tourist destination, noted for its view of the local sunset. Café del Mar is the original Ibizan “sunset bar”, opened by Ramón Guiral, Carlos Andrea, and José Les in 1978.

The Café del Mar releases compilation albums with tracks selected by the bar’s own DJs. The music selection is intended to induce the mood that is experienced watching a sunset. The tracks are described as , music. The bar originally sold their own tapes of the music but a series of Café del Mar CDs have been sold. As of 2008, there are 15 volumes, numerous side compilations, plus 2 albums commemorating the 20th and 25th Anniversary. A total of about 9 million albums have been sold worldwide.

At the beginning of the eighties, cassette collections began to be sold of the music heard there. In 1994, the English company React published the first “Café del Mar” CD, which included work by artists of world renown like Underworld, A Man Called Adam, Stelle, Tabula Rasa, etc… The success of this collection meant that in the summers of 1995 and 1996 “Café del Mar – Volume Dos” and “Café del Mar – Volume Tres” were published.

This success led to the executives of Polygram UK (Universal Music) to decide in 1997 and 1998 to publish “Café del Mar – Volume Cuatro” and “Café del Mar – Volume Cinco”, which included artists of recognised world standing

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