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CARMEN Fandangos In Space/Dancing On A Cold Wind Angel Air SJPCD229 (2006)


This 2CD set compiles this band's both albums, with all the usual bonus tracks and sleevenotes.

Contrary to popular belief, the band has it's roots in Hollywood and not Spain, although they did mix flamenco and prog rock equally.

An original mix, and the first (1973) album shows a very heavy brand of rock with as much offbeat prog and Spanish leanings.

The second track "Bullfight" also adds a touch of Jethro Tull, a band the supported in their early days. The rest of the album continues in a similar vein, but sadly because of the flamenco edge there's always going to be Santana comparisons which are rather unfair.

The following year's second album, also produced by Tony Visconti, continued where the first album left off, with the addition of some female vocals adding an extra dimension.

Well packaged, fans of prog and Hispanic music will love, but maybe too eclectic a mixture for some.


Review by Joe Geesin


© 2006 Angel Air Records. All rights reserved.

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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