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Those wishing to explore the first two albums by Carmen have to go for this double CD compilation. The albums were remasteerd (sic) in 2006 offering the opportunity to hear the songs devoid of any production and presentation issues which may have dogged previous releases.

While only two bonus tracks are included, the albums offered good value in terms of their original content. It is however the unique nature of the music which makes this collection worthy of investigation. There is a wonderful blend here of traditional Spanish sounds and progressive rock. The band, who actually originate from the USA but relocated to the United Kingdom to record the albums, are centred around brother and sister David and Angela Allen. The two grew up in Los Angeles, but their parents had strong Hispanic ties which have a clear influence on their chosen style. Notable also for his presence in the line up is John Glascock later of Jethro Tull.

There are occasional glimpses of the music of Jethro Tull on songs such as "Drifting along", but these should not be overplayed. This is in many ways a band who defy description or comparison, their wonderful blend of traditional and contemporary sounds making for a truly unique experience.

The two bonus tracks were clearly orientated towards the singles market. They are nevertheless worth hearing for those with an interest in the band, and "Out in the street" does play out with an enjoyable spacey guitar run.

The presentation of this double CD set is excellent, with an informative booklet containing a brief biography plus archive photos.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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