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Juan K
4 stars As I told in the first Asfalto album review, the band almost broke just when that album got released, but Julio Castejón and Enrique Cajide soldiered on with new members Guny (bass, vocals) and Jorge García Banegas (keyboards). Banegas was a god sent, he had arrived recently from Argentina, where he and his band Psiglo - also in progarchives - were refugees from the military repression in Uruguay... but then they got the same fate in Argentina. So the new democratic times in Spain seemed a good destination ... but they couldn't got work and Psiglo broke up. Banegas was a fantastic keyboard player and connected with Castejón from the minute they started playing together, becoming the new writing team of the band.

Also Banegas was the key for the more prog direction Castejón wanted to take Asfalto in. These two soon wrote a whole batch of new songs that they started to play live. At the end of 1978 they went to London to record this music, and got to play at the Marquee too. Al Otro Lado got released in Dec '78, just nine months after the debut.

This is the most overtly prog album of Asfalto's first run (1978-1986) and the title track, almost 11 minutes long, their epic. Also you got the classic cuts: Mujer de Plástico, Nadie Ha Gritado and, mostly, El Viejo, the jewel of the album.

A fine, fine album that doesn't seem to be from the same band as the debut ... well, half of it wasn't, lol. But a constant in Asfalto discography is the change from album to album. A must for collectors of Spanish prog.

Juan K | 4/5 |


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