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GOMA

Eclectic Prog • Spain


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From the third largest province Andalusia (after the two Castillas), and from its capital Seville comes one of the best prog groups to have recorded an album. This band consists of ex-members of Chilcle, Caramelos Y Pipas and Gong (not the hippie group based in Normandy) and therefore they were no rookies anymore. A standard progressive quartet with a saxman added,

They only recorded one sole album named after an important date for them, the day they decided to join together and apparently they also decided to release that album on the precise day one year later. A typically symphonic album somewhere in the middle of the British scene and the Italian one, they did not hesitate to become a bit adventurous on some passages of the album.

Not to be confused with the band GOMA 2 who released a self titled album in 1979, because they were a band from Galicia who sung in Portuguese.



Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
excellent prog group



Discography:
14 De Abril - 75

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3.66 | 18 ratings
14 De Abril
1975

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 14 De Abril  by GOMA album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.66 | 18 ratings

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14 De Abril
Goma Eclectic Prog

Review by Joćo Paulo

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 very balanced. A Psichedelic Space Rock album made in seventies but with mature composition. We can listen some very beautifull moments of sax and guitar and organ and guitar. When we listen this album we can think that it is a retro sound, but to me, really, it is a sofisticated album that we must listen a few of times to enjoy. The sound it's not good because it's not remastered but its a good quality work. Recomended for seventies colectors music and I give 4 stars

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Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
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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 PerĆŗ, 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 "AquĆ­ 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 SƔnchez 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.

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Review by toroddfuglesteg

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 some strong Spanish flair in the likes of the lyrics and some flamenco. The end product is very appealing. The end of the song Madre Tierre is a good example. Bombastic, avant garde fusion with symphonic prog passages and flamenco thrown in. Very enticing ! The next song Un Nuevo Abril Sin Sal is very much in the SOFT MACHINE vein (the fusion period) with some strong injections of KING CRIMSON in the song. The first song Aqui Y Ahora is very much in the YES landscape, with some hints of fusion. The final song Shooting Up has some very strong THE BEATLES influences. Again with KING CRIMSON and SOFT MACHINE as guest musicians. The result is very majestic and memorable. Very interesting indeed and the best track on the album.

Music wise, the sound is dominated by the saxophone and the keyboards. There is not much guitars and bass here. The vocals are good and so is the drums. The problems with this album is the lack of really killer ideas and tunes. I like the overall concept and I wish more bands could do the same style. But where SOFT MACHINE and KING CRIMSON has some great tracks; GOMA is sadly lacking.

3.75 stars and a recommended album.

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Review by peskypesky

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 singing is surprisingly good, and the musicianship is masterful and passionate. This band should be more well-known to prog fans.

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Goma Eclectic Prog

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

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.

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