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3.65 | 46 ratings | 6 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Aqui y Ahora (11:43)
2. Madre Tierra (8:11)
a) Madre Tierra
b) Pellicozo
3. Un Nuevo Abril Sin Sal (8:15)
4. Shooting Up (11:37)

Total Time 39:46

Line-up / Musicians

- Alberto Toribio / keyboards, voices
- Antonio Rodriguez / drums, voices
- Manuel Rodriguez / guitars, voices
- Pepe Lagares / bass, voices
- Pepe Sanchez / saxes

Releases information

Lp on Movieplay label - no release number,
CD on Fonomusic 5046703342 and Lost Vinyl LV 019

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GOMA 14 de Abril ratings distribution

(46 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
Good, but non-essential (33%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

GOMA 14 de Abril reviews

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Review by Sean Trane
4 stars One of the better example of Spanish prog, the debut of this Sevillian group has become one of the most sought after vinyl in their home country. This quintet - your standard prog quartet plus sax man Pepe Sanchez - develops a rather punchy and relatively personal prog but mainly inspired of the British scene while maintaining a Spanish touch through the acoustic guitar. Four long tracks of which the shortest (still above the 8 min-mark) is divided into two sections make the backbone of this symphonic album.

The opening track is sometimes annoying with its approximate recording of a VDGG- like sax and vocals (too loud in the mix), but there are some beautiful moments. From the first guitar arpeggios of the 2-part Mother Earth track, this is all forgotten and all you have to do is let yourself be transported by the calm and wild ambiances - how these guys come from total chaos into superb arpeggios in twenty seconds without being abrupt is amazing. The third track is much harder rocking with its crunchy guitar power chords, but remains very charming. Unfortunately for the continuity of the album, the last track is sung in English (all the rest were in Spanish), but there are some evidences of very early Crimson in its slow start. The track is rather odd with its fade-ins and outs, but shows Goma at their most adventurous.

With their first album, Goma strike a minor masterpiece, but for some reason, will not be able to capitalize on this album, and by the time that came out the second album four years after, the feeling was quite different and the momentum lost. However, this album is really recommended for all progheads, maybe one of the top 10 from Spain.

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Not as good as I believed they were

During the last 10 years I heard like 1,000 times that GOMA was better than cold beer in the desert, but because "14 de Abril" is so hard to get in Perú, never had the chance to listen them, so last week when I saw an almost brand new LP in the store I visit always, so bought it blindly. Can't say I regret my impulsive act, but I believe they are far from being the outstanding band so many people talk about.

Yes, they are food musicians, the Flamenco guitar moments are breathtaking and the keyboards are very good, but their problem is that they blend so many genres, sounds, styles and moods, that seems the guys could never find their path, and I believe that's the reason why they never released a second album.

The album is opened by "Aquí y Ahora" (Here and Now), and from the start they lost me, the Jazzy sax that leads to some sort of hard Psychedelia is the last thing I expected to listen from a Sevillan band, and the vocals only contributed to my absolute confusion, like some sort of VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR wannabe band singing in Spanish, and the shredding simply destroys any coherence or logic. Thanks God that around the seventh minute the annoying sax is silenced and the beautiful piano by Alberto Toribio appears and changes the atmosphere of the track to a beautiful and melodic Moorish oriented track, and the vocals are so good that I can' understand how they could perpetrate the aberration the committed at the beginning of the song. Even though the song ends with a Sax section, now is much better than before. Seems like two successive tracks, one annoying the other extremely good.

"Madre Tierra" (Mother Earth) guitar intro makes me shiver, simply delightful and they manage to keep this Spanish atmosphere almost until the 4:30 minutes mark, when that irritating sax (Whoever hired Pepe Sánchez should be shot for ruining a band), and from there, just senseless cacophony, like a nightmare after a wonderful dream. Not even the Flamenco guitar coda can clean the mess this guys did after the fourth minute.

"Un Nuevo Abril sin Sal" (A New April Without Salt) doesn't have the level of the best moments of the previous songs (neither the low level of the worst moments), but at least it's coherent, from the start is heavy and jazzy, so even the distorted guitar sounds, not my cup of tea, but well performed.

The album is closed by the 11:37 minutes long song (I believe epic is more than just a track that lasts more than 10 or 15 minutes) that starts boring and ends so confusing that probably a free jazz fan would be lost(despite the good bass performance), and to make it worst, it's sung in a terrible English, terrible closer for an uneven album. Not even the melodic moments clearly influenced by YES can save this disaster.

To summarize, I like Eclectic music (if this wasn't the case, I wouldn't be listening Prog), but this guys mix so many styles that seems as if they were never able to find their own sound. Will rate it with 3 stars because of the outstanding passages that the first three tracks have before or after ruining what otherwise could be an amazing album.

Latest members reviews

3 stars This interesting one-shot-band is from the wonderful Andalusian city Seville, the cradle of the flamenco. Goma featured ex-members from pioneering Spanish prog bands Gong and Smash (including guitarist Manuel Molina who later founded the captivating duo Lole & Manuel). After Goma disbanded the m ... (read more)

Report this review (#1937115) | Posted by TenYearsAfter | Monday, June 4, 2018 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is an obscure album made by a obscure Spanish band that made a single work. Four tracks very calm and I have a cd record by vinyl when we can listen ships of record player neil. Very spacey with lyrics in english but very calm. Some nice guitar solos very spaced to and organ and keiboards ... (read more)

Report this review (#627398) | Posted by Joo Paulo | Monday, February 6, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars A very nice surprise. I have never heard about this Spanish band before and it is a pity that this is their only proper album. Another one of these one hit wonders. Or hit is maybe the wrong word. GOMA blends the likes of SOFT MACHINE with KING CRIMSON and YES. Fusion meets Symphonic Prog. Add ... (read more)

Report this review (#202606) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Friday, February 13, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I find this to be a very beautiful, fun and rewarding album. Goma may not be the most original band (you can hear influences from Crimson, Yes, Genesis, ELP, Soft Machine, etc), but they add enough of their own personality to keep this from being a clone-band. The songs are well-composed, the si ... (read more)

Report this review (#173378) | Posted by peskypesky | Monday, June 9, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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