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Books Magazines. Write a review. Get free with: points. Which we consider a good thing at Gnosis! To be honest these are pretty rough sounding, but still quite listenable. They also point to British stalwarts Soft Machine and Cressida as influences.
Nice LP underground rocker with good guitar. Nice instrumental work, though again sound quality and the actual tune bog it down. Contains a nice jazzy mid section. Sound quality is getting noticeably worse here. Musically this song is more straight forward but with nice staccato electric piano. A highlight track that is more radically progressive with almost Italian sounding moves. The CD closes with two bonus tracks which are wasted here.
Basically smooth jazz pop similar to what Rolf is doing now with Chupitos de Fromentera in his adopted country of Spain. A recommended CD for archivists, but those where sound quality is important may want to tread carefully.
But I will refrain from LP those here Lead singer Dick Zappala was supposedly deported from Spain for using the band to try and promote a legalization of marijuana agenda, only to reenter the country and rejoin the band before they finally broke up. Then again, I only speak English and the vocals and liner notes are all in Spanish, so who knows.
Musically these tunes are all about keyboards: mellotron, Fender Rhodes, piano, and various Roland synths. And this is Latin music, so there must be acoustic and Spanish guitar — and there are, thanks to Jorge Barral who also plays bass would like to see how that works out in concert! But all that aside, if you pick up this record be ready to be left awash in LP.
Otherwise they may not be able to bankroll more worthy projects in the future. First class musicians offer the listener great variety of moods and melodic finds.
Ricardo Zappala's singing deserve special mention - Spanish in nature, sometimes gentle, sometimes aggressive, but always natural. The writing is also strong, ''Azahar'' instantly grabs your attention, Album) every time you listen to the album you can find new nuances. Highly recommended. Review by erik neuteboom Prog Reviewer. Copyright Prog Archives, Album) rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by giving monthly PayPal donations and help keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever. You could call it Flamenco rock with some Middle Eastern flavour.
The vocals are all in Spanish, as are the liner notes. Their first album, "Elixir"is a concept album about sorcery and magic dominated by a distinctive Flamenco guitar style over layers of keyboards synth, mellotron, Fender Rhodes piano and grand piano. It features no drums, only bass rhythm, but still manages to be playful and varied, with a few interesting twists and turns and some intensive electric guitar passages.
Their second album, simply called "Azahar"is a little more energetic, more funky perhaps, as it now features a drummer as guest musician. But it is also less subtle, less elegant than the first and the Spanish vocals can be kind of rough on the edges. Studio Album, 4. Studio Album, 3. Elixir Azahar Prog Folk Review by nikow. Elixir Azahar Prog Folk Review by pirkka.
LP noticed an add in which the known Spanish proghead Angel Romero was offering his entire progrock LP collection. I got in touch with him we shared a negative view on the awful tradition of bullfights! I asked him for advise to buy Spanish progrock records from him. The difference between these two CD's released by Fonomusic is that the second sound far more mature. The eight compositions running time between 2 and 10 minutes are more varied and elaborated. The guitarplay is sensitive featuring short but powerful soli and some exciting flamenco guitarwork.
The Spanish vocals has a typical Spanish undertone, very warm and expressive. The keyboards sound lush and have a pleasant variety: strings, organ, synthesizers, clavinet and acoustic - and electric piano. The rhythm-section plays dynamic, Spanish people have a natural feeling for rhythm! This CD is a very fine example of the unique Spanish progrock: harmonic, melodic and tasteful compositions above self- indulgence.
Azahar Azahar Prog Folk Review by Cesar Inca Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator Soon after the release of Azahar's debut album, a series of extra-musical events that eventually led to the lead vocalist's deportation out of Spain, forced the disintegration of the band.
Fortunately, a couple of years later, the band resumed their career with the former lead singer back in Spain, but by then, the line-up had changed substantially: the Uruguayan keyboardist and bass player that had been part of the original formation were gone, and now the band had a new keyboardist and a drummer plus a couple of guest bassists for the recording sessions.
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