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Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 - Fandangos in Space (46:00)
1. Bulerias: Cante / Baile / Reprise (5:23)
2. Bullfight (4:18)
3. Stepping Stone (2:52)
4. Sailor Song (5:13)
5. Lonely House (4:07)
6. Poor Tarantos (1:44)
7. Looking Outside (My Window): Theme / Zonrongo / Finale (5:08)
8. Tales of Spain (8:59)
9. Retirando (0:43)
10. Fandangos in Space (6:36)
11. Reprise Finale (0:57)

CD 2 - Dancing on a Cold Wind (58:10)
1. Viva Mi Sevilla (6:03)
2. I've Been Crying (5:09)
3. Drifting Along (7:19)
4. She Flew Across the Room (1:31)
5. Purple Flowers (5:18)
- Rememberances:
6. Table Two for One (Zambra) (2:15)
7. She's Changed (2:58)
8. Gypsy Girl (Caravan) (1:39)
9. The City (3:12)
10. Time (She's No Lady) (1:24)
11. People Dressed in Black (4:06)
12. Dancing on a Cold Wind (2:11)
13. The Horseman (3:46)
14. Conclusion (She Changed) (2:12)
- Bonus tracks:
15. Quiriquitu (2:53)
16. Out on the Street (6:14)

Total Time 104:10

Line-up / Musicians

CD 1
- David Allen / vocals, guitar
- Roberto Amaral / vocals, vibraphone, footwork, castanets
- Angela Allen / vocals, Mellotron, synth, footwork
- John Glascock / bass
- Paul Fenton / drums

CD 2
- David Allen / guitar, vocals
- Roberto Amaral / keyboards, vocals
- David Katz / violin
- Paul Fenton / drums
- John Glascock / bass, vocals
- Mary Hopkin / vocals
- Chris Karan / percussion
- Tony Visconti / wind

Releases information

2CD Angel Air 229 (2006 remaster)

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CARMEN Fandangos in Space / Dancing on a Cold Wind ratings distribution

(21 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(62%)
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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars Let's get Bizet

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.

Review by The Whistler
3 stars This repackage is just the first two albums in a single unit, so on one hand, you don't need it at all. On the other hand, this is pretty essential for the 21st Century Carmen Fan, since it's the most available way to access these albums. As for their reviews, just check my reviews you big dummy!

However, you do get the incentive of two bonus tracks, tacked onto the end of Dancing on a Cold Wind (when they were recorded, I guess). The better of the two, "Quiriquitu," is a delightful little flamenco number, very much in the vein of "I've Been Crying" from Dancing on a Cold Wind. In fact, the tune might be just as powerful, and it never drifts off anywhere, so it's probably a superior tune.

"Out on the Street" is a psychedelic number that maybe lasts a little too long, but maybe it doesn't. I don't know. Depends on your tolerance for Allen's guitar I guess. Oh well, I like Allen's guitar well enough, and the tune is still catchy enough to get by on its own.

So, as I said, if you love Carmen and you don't have either of these albums on CD yet, you might as well pick this up. Of course, if you love Carmen and don't have either of these albums, that would be an...interesting situation. I guess you're a diehard Tuller or Queen fan or whatever (I mean, if you're a diehard Tuller, then you obviously have good taste). So this is not too hard to find online, and you do get those two tracks. Which, in truth, isn't a lot of incentive, but neither one is bad by any means. Use your own judgment; I can't tell you everything.

Review by VianaProghead
4 stars Review Nš 420

Ahead of their time, even in the experimental early 70's, Carmen was unlike anything else on the prog scene, least of all the American scene. Allen siblings, David and Angela, were raised on flamenco, forming Carmen in 1970 as a way to meld their roots with their love to rock. Unable to find a label in the U.S., the band escaped to London in 1973, hooking up with Tony Visconti, who recorded the band's debut studio album "Fandangos In Space". Carmen released their sophomore studio album, "Dancing On A Cold Wind", recorded again with Visconti in 1975. Carmen released a third studio album, allegedly a more commercial album, "The Gypsies", before split up in 1975. The finalized form of Carmen took shape in 1973, after relocating from Hollywood to Britain. There, the band's line up was revised with a British rhythm section, which included John Glascock allowing the band to finally unleash its flamenco-infused prog rock.

"Fandangos In Space/Dancing On A Cold Wind" is a compilation of Carmen and was released in 2006. This Angel Air release rescues Carmen from the oblivion. Given the music, it's not a difficult thing to do, but we give credit when credit is due. This double release includes the first two Carmen albums, on two separated discs, "Fandangos In Space" and "Dancing On A Cold Wind", with two favorable bonus tracks and a worthy booklet in the tradition of Angel Air Records.

As I've already reviewed these two albums previously on Progarchives, in a more extensive way, I'm not going to do it again. So, if you are interested to know, in more detail, what I wrote about them before, I invite you to read those my both reviews. However, in here I'm going to write something about them in a more short way. So, of course, I'm not going to analyze them track by track, as I made before, but I'm only going to make a global appreciation of both albums.

"Fandangos In Space": "Fandangos In Space" is particularly a very refreshing album. The band uses footwork and castanets to augment the sonic palette, in addition to a fine, well harmonized, vocal performance of both male and female vocals. Sure, the vocal harmonies and the hard rock-meets progressive textures are reminiscent of Uriah Heep, but they're enriched so well with flamenco-derived ideas that they manage to achieve a singularity of their own. Above all, though, it's the percussive punctuation with which everything is served that provides the album its unique, punchy, hard edge. At times, the tradeoff between the rhythmic approach and the compositions results in slight fragmentation, but the guiding hand of the renowned producer Tony Visconti certainly helped to round up the edges and emphasize the qualities of the music of Carmen. The rhythm section kicks upfront and more than once a wise synthesis of the synthwsizers and the Mellotron with the other instruments creates a noteworthy and original musical atmosphere. The final result of this is grandiose, yet natural, escaping of pompousness. "Fandangos In Space" also boasts a decidedly funky rhythm, and it's the album's shifting, intricate, and unique rhythms that further removed them from the pack.

"Dancing On A Cold Wind": "Dancing On A Cold Wind" continues where their first debut album left off. This album also features an expanded line up with some other guest musicians. "Dancing On A Cold Wind" has impressive electric and acoustic guitar playing, fuzz-rich bass sound and a spacey aura paint the earthly, human scenes with some exotic fascination. The songs flow better as a unit, half of which function as a lengthy love affair suite as is usual in all conceptual albums, and manage to sound less fragmented, but it lack to it some of the previous album's rhythmic vitality. "Dancing On A Cold Wind" was even more adventurous than their debut. The rhythms are more disjointed the styling more operatic and the sound more majestic. At points, the album meanders into prog rock, as Angela's spacey keyboard effects swoop across the grooves, elsewhere British influences strongly surface. Visconti's production understandably emphasizes the glammy feel of this set, the last one rocked. This one glitters in the vastness of the sparse arrangements. The fourteen songs are bolstered by a couple of hissy, but worthy, efforts. The main course is a smorgasbord of chorale pieces. It all rather merges into oneness by the end, but at the time that would've been nirvana.

Conclusion: Anyway you look at it, the Carmen material included on this release should be considered classic stuff, and is therefore highly recommended for all fans of the 70's progressive rock music, if only for the taste of heard something a bit different. Of the two albums, "Fandangos In Space" is the most "commercial" of both albums, so much of the songs could get airplay, even today. "Dancing On A Cold Wind", in contrast, is the most intriguing for the noodlers and lovers of the unique and original style of this band. Maybe we can say that it's, perhaps, more prog. With this excellent release, Angel Air reissued of the two albums together on two CD's releasing a couple of bonus tracks, Carmen returns with a passion and love for the good old prog days, the days of the 70's. This is highly recommended.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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