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3.14 | 17 ratings | 3 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Live, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Could That time (4:14)
2. All Right Under The Rain (5:10)
3. Chains (8:01)
4. Sunrise Horse (6:55)
5. Wild Side Of Life (4:38)
6. Time Is Over (5:13)
7. Blues In F (9:14)
8. Look Away Our Happiness (7:16)
9. Sonata (epuri si muove) (11:56)
10. I Can Only Fly But Very Well (3:44)

Total Time: 66:21

Line-up / Musicians

- Enrique Herrera / keyboards
- Jordi Batiste / vocals, flute, bass
- Carlos Benavent / bass
- Emilio Baleriola / guitars
- Hubert Grilleberger / trumpet
- Peter Rohr / saxophone
- Salvador Font / drums

Releases information

LP Diabolo 33 Ż
CD reissue PDI X-80.2996

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M┴QUINA! En Directo ratings distribution

(17 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(24%)
Good, but non-essential (53%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars Mßquina!'s second album is a rather different affair than the debut, but just as good in its own way . Almost two years had gone since the release of that groundbreaking (on a Spanish scale) album, and the two guitarists had gone and the drummer also. Leaving no solution for Batiste and Herrera rebuilding the group, they had to settle for different musical horizons even enlisting two German citizens as their brass section on top of the three newcomers.

Just as laden with energy as their debut album, this double vinyl is however quite different developing a more bluesy, funky, brassier sound not far away from Chicago Transit Authority's debut album but also maybe the funky War combo (remember them with Eric Burdon). The Hammond organ is still the centre of the band and one can feel that Herrera is maybe the main ingredient behind this machine! ;-) Tracks like the lenghty Chains (used a bit as a showcase for the musos to display their aptitude at their respective instruments) or heavy blues Time Is Over are major fun and have a real impressive sound (given what was probably amateurish conditions of then-Spain) and the other great blues (In F) track is full of solos that most fans love to die for. A superb, adapted and extended rendition of their first single Look Away Our Happiness is another great moment. The lenghty track called Sonata is definitely deceiving but in name only as it yet again another scoarcher that could be on any of the first five Chicago albums.

Not quite essential for the proghead, this is nevertheless a great album, which should please all 70's music lovers. Whatever happened to these guys after this is still a mystery to this writer.

Review by Gerinski
3 stars As a Prog Rock album this barely deserves 2 stars, but it's a good blues-jazz-rock album.

Maquina! were one of the very first pioneers of progressive music in Spain, their 1970 album Why? is considered a classic by many (in the Proto-Prog sub-genre). After Why? the band broke up due to discrepancies in the musical direction and because some members had to leave for the then-compulsory military service. Keyboardist Enric Herrera rescued the project but took a rather different direction, focusing on blues-jazz-rock with a distinctive presence of horns (trumpet and sax). He recruited the trio from the band Crac (Carles Benavent on bass, Emili Baleriola on guitars and Salvador Font on drums) and two German musicians who had established in Barcelona Peter Rohr on sax and Hubert Grilleberger on trumpet.

Herrera's idea was to record a double LP in the studio but he could not find the required funding so eventually they settled for recording live in concert, with rather limited resources, which was cheaper. Finally the recording was taken in 2 concerts in Barcelona on 7 and 8 July 1972, in which Mk I singer and bassist Jordi Batiste joined although only as vocalist and with limited presence since most of the music is instrumental. Incidentally this was the first live double LP ever produced in Spain.

The music is not Prog Rock, it's late 60's- early 70's blues-jazz-rock, often fast-paced and with some subtleties making it more proggy, with lots of Hammond solos, guitar solos and horn-driven melodies. Think early Deep Purple or Led Zeppelin with horns, and often with a more funky-groovy mood. We have a good bass solo in 'Chains' (Benavent would go on to become the most valued jazz-rock bassists in Spain) and a very good drum solo in 'Sonata', the most Prog-sounding song in the album.

The opener is the jazz standard 'Cold Duck Time' by Eddie Harries, which for some reason was renamed 'Could That Time'. The rest are new original compositions, not included in their studio album Why?, except for 'Blues In F' which is a traditional blues and an extended version of their 1969 single 'Look Away Our Happiness'. So it is one of those live albums of original material rather than playing live songs already released in studio albums.

The last track 'I Can Only Fly But Very Well' had been recorded in the studio before the concerts and was added to complete the 2-LP album running time. It fades out much too quickly though, leaving you wondering why did they add it.

If you like Hammond and guitar solos on bluesy backgrounds, and appreciate good trumpet and sax input in the melodies and solos, you will surely enjoy this one. If you look for highly complex or symphonic-eclectic Prog, forget about this album.

Latest members reviews

3 stars A live album of this Spanish band recorded in seventies. Lyrics are in english and we can listen a man and female singers in blues vein. Sax and electric guitar in duets made a beautifull music context. Organ it's balanced but we can listen some guitar solos played in a nice and beautifull way. ... (read more)

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