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Granada - Hablo De Una Tierra CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

3.47 | 43 ratings

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4 stars "Unique prog from Spain"

The musical brainchild of this highly acclaimed Spanish prog formation is multi-instrumentalist Carlos Carcamo, he plays flute, violin, Grand piano, electric piano, the Mellotron and clavicordio, 12-string guitar, percussion, and he also does the vocals. Granada released 3 albums between 1975 and 1978, I would like to focus on their first album, my favourite one.

The music on Hablo De Una Tierra is a wonderful and captivating example of eclectic progressive music. It contains a lot of elements that made Spanish progressive music so unique, from bands like Smash, Gualberto, Iceberg and Franklin to the unsurpassed Rock Andaluz (from Triana to Medina Azahara). The variety in the six tracks range from rock and blues to Latin- American and symphonic rock featuring powerful vocals, harder-edged guitar (some venomous soli), tasteful work on keyboards (including lots of Mellotron waves) and flute play that has strong echoes from Ian Anderson.

My highlight is the title track, it delivers a mindlbowing duet between the Mellotron and the flamenco guitar, performed by Manolo Sanlucar (a famous and prolific composer in Spain who wrote music for Montserrat Caballe, known for her work with Freddy Mercury). This exciting Rock Andaluz moment epitomizes the unique and captivating, often overlooked world of the Spanish progressive rock.

A world to discover.

TenYearsAfter | 4/5 |


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