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Prog Folk • Spain


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After the death of Franco in 75, Spain started enjoying a cultural revolution, with the youth expressing themselves in a rocky manner, but a few years behind. Sure there were some rock and jazz-rock groups that took advantage of the last years of the regime, which slowly loosening its strong conservative/fascist grip, because of tourism bringing fresh amounts of cash to a country that was isolated for three decades. But the full explosion of the progressive movement happened in the second half of the decade, and the different regions of Spain, where now making obvious references to their musical traditions. One of the regions that suffered the worst in Spain was the Basque Provinces, and as soon as the regime folded, there came about a flood of folk artists, and a few groups that mixed the folk music with a rock format. In the following years, bands like Izukaitz, Haizea, Itoiz, Itziar and Errobi all releazsed a few albums that can be regarded as folk prog gems.

Errobi was one of the longer-lasting of those groups and certainly the most adventurous or at least the widest-spectrummed. Mixing more easily straight ahead rock with their Basque folk rock, their sound was consequently different than the other above-mentioned groups. Their first two are definitive Errobi sounds, but they will record albums until the mid-80's, but by then they had substantially changed.





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Basque folk prog



Discography:
Errobi(75))
Gure Lekukotasuna (77)
Bizi Bizian (79)
Ametzaren Bidea (78)
Agur T'Erdi (84)

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Bizi BizianBizi Bizian
Elkar Xoxoa 2011
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Agur T'ErdiAgur T'Erdi
Elkar Xoxoa 2011
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Elkar Xoxoa 2011
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2.51 | 5 ratings
Errobi
1975
3.83 | 5 ratings
Gure lekukotasuna
1977
3.72 | 13 ratings
Ametsaren Bidea
1978
0.00 | 0 ratings
Agur t'erdi
1984

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3.77 | 7 ratings
Bizi Bizian
1979

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Errobi (1975 - 1984)
2003

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 Ametsaren Bidea  by ERROBI album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.72 | 13 ratings

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Ametsaren Bidea
Errobi Prog Folk

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars My first try at Basque prog rock, and I'm glad I chose this album because it's a great one. I have no idea what these guys are singing about as the Basque language has no relation at all to Spanish or any Indo-European language (in fact language scholars have a difficult time tracing its origins), but I understand they were a politically-oriented band, which should surprise me not at all given the Basque separatist movements that occurred during and after the Franco regime. Errobi got its name for the river that runs through the area, known to us non-Basque speakers as the Nive River. I understand the Basque scene tended more towards folk and folk rock, so I don't expect to find a whole lot of Basque bands in the Yes or Genesis vein. But Ametsaren Bidea, released in 1979 on the Xoxoa label (a small Basque label based in Bilbao) ends up being their most progressive release. Hard to imagine a band's most progressive recording being released in 1979 when their debut appeared around 1975, but that's what happens here. The folk elements are still there, but in an eclectic prog context (with some jazz rock/fusion elements), so it's safe to say eclectic prog fans should like this as much as prog folk fans. "Alboka" is the opening cut, and in fact named after the musical instrument that dominates this piece. The alboka is a single reed instrument with animal horns for the mouthpiece and bell, and two rows of holes, able to play two notes at once. The Welsh pibgorn is similar, except it only has one row of holes and is monophonic. This piece gives a nice lively festive feel, I like how the alboka sounds a bit out of tune compared to the rock instruments being used on this piece. The 17 minute title track starts off rather slow, with a 1980s vibe going on, but I like how the music picks up steam, including fusion elements, and I also like the use of whistle in a couple passages (this whistle is probably Basque in origin and not the common Irish tin whistles. Except for the marimba-like txalaparta, as heard on Area's Maledetti, I'm not to familiar with musical instruments native to the Basque region). "Andere" is a rather intense piece, there's a bit of that medieval vibe going on, with more jazzy passages. It's only appropriate that the final piece, "Oraino" should be a rather relaxed piece. I realize there several other Basque groups around this time period worth investigating. I am a lucky owner of the original LP on Xoxoa, Han Pokora give a four out of six disc rarity rating in his 3001 Record Collector Dreams book, meaning it's incredibly hard to find as an original. It also included an insert with Spanish and French translations of the songs (realizing that not every Basque on the Spanish or French side spoke Basque, especially during the Franco years in Spain). Although this is from 1979, the music has a 1980s feel and production, despite the lack of synths, particularly during the more mellow moments, it has that crystal clear sound you expect from digital recordings (although this was an analog recording as only about three or four digital recordings came out in 1979, from Ry Cooder, Stevie Wonder and True Myth). Luckily it's not like neo-prog or proto-neo-prog. I'm glad to have this album and if you're looking for something off the beaten track, fancy prog sung in a very obscure language very few know about, it's worth trying.

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 Errobi by ERROBI album cover Studio Album, 1975
2.51 | 5 ratings

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Errobi Prog Folk

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars Another name in the huge list of folk rock bands emerging in Spain between 1975 and 1980.Errobi were actually formed in 1973 in Pais Vasco by Mikel Ducau (vocals,guitars and keyboards) and Anje Duhalde (guitar and voclas).With Beat Amorena on drums and Mikel Halty on bass they released the eponymous LP in 1975 on Elkar.

''Errobi'' is a mix of soft,Blues and Folk Rock with light CAMEL influences on electric guitars,entirely sung in the Basque dialect.The album features simple melodies,standard song formats in short durations and a smooth atmosphere and is somewhat split between acoustic and electric music.Fellow natives ENBOR is a good reference point,but Errobi's music is less inspired and with no sign of progressive twists.The whole result is a pleasant and positive listening with decent guitar work,a few interesting bass lines and romantic vocals, which flaws fine but it lacks in energy,rich content and dynamics.

This is not a bad album,it contains a good amount of Basque Folk Music,but ''Errobi'' is straightly headed for fans of soft rock and it's a rather strange field for the demanding prog fan...2.5 stars.

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 Ametsaren Bidea  by ERROBI album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.72 | 13 ratings

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Errobi Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars While the Basque is a wonderful sounding language in music, and the folksy stylings of Basque prog are refreshing, my experience has been a frustrating one. Apart from the first couple of works of ITOIZ and the sole offering by MAGDALENA, it rarely delivers a wholly satisfying product to my ears. Unfortunately, this most esteemed release by ERROBI does not buck the trend, even if it has much to recommend it.

My big issue is with the longest cut, a meandering mix of various progressive styles without establishing anything remotely resembling an identity. Worse yet, the group abandons its roots in favour of the plod rock of FLOYD or whomever. Luckily, the other epic "Andere" is excellent apart from the drudgery of a percussion solo, but luckily even that is a follow on from the intriguing opening cut which hints at a tribal afro-celtic culture. The vocal arrangements and saxes both possess an urgency utterly lacking in the title track. The closing piece is the closest to conventional folk, with a sound somewhere between JACKSON BROWNE and MOVING HEARTS, and sounding alot like ITOIZ. Nothing special, but not a throwaway either.

Occupying a middle ground in quality among Basque releases, ERROBI might be of more interest to people at PA simply because of their willingness to strecth out and eschew the pop idiom, even if such forays achieve mixed results.

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 Ametsaren Bidea  by ERROBI album cover Studio Album, 1978
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Errobi Prog Folk

Review by ClemofNazareth
Special Collaborator Prog Folk Researcher

4 stars This is the only Errobi album I have heard to-date, but from what I understand this was quite a departure from their earlier works. If so, I can only believe this was an improvement, because the sounds on this album are really innovative and utterly beautiful. Like their brethren Haizea these guys came from a Basque tradition, but the sounds here are even more pronounced and distant from anything resembling traditional folk music than Haizea ever managed.

The opening track is brief and jazz-like discordant instrumental, but it belies what comes next in the form of the seventeen minute title track, which is flowing and spacey and manages to demonstrate only marginal folk tendencies. The sound is anchored by a fat bass line and sound effects, accompanied at times by harmonized male vocals and just a pinch of percussion. This gives way to a heavier drum and electric guitar passage where the guitarist takes a wild ride between alternating solo and harmonized vocals, with the keyboards taking more of a back seat. This is a radical departure from traditional folk, and bears little resemblance to anything folk-like I’ve heard from this region before. Eventually the guitar and drums take over, moving back and forth between heavy and acoustic sections with the bass all the while lounging in the background. There are jazz influences in the arrangement, but overall the flute and acoustic guitar keep the music grounded somewhat in folk territory.

The following “Andere” is also heavy and ambitious, but here the guitar and vocals take an even more prominent role, and there’s an extended drum solo that segues to horns (synthetic I think) for an even more jazz-leaning composition.

Finally the closing “Oraino” comes and the tempo slows down considerably with acoustic guitar and soft percussion accenting a ballad-like vocal passage. A mellow and seductive end to a great album.

I’m looking forward to hearing more of Errobi’s back catalog as the opportunity arises, and if their other albums are anything like this one, they should be excellent indeed. A truly inspiring album, well worth seeking out and highly recommended to fans of world music and ambitious modern folk. Four stars.

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 Gure lekukotasuna  by ERROBI album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.83 | 5 ratings

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Gure lekukotasuna
Errobi Prog Folk

Review by Chus
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Prog in euskera.

A fine mixture of folk, jazz, funk, blues, rock 'n roll and symphonic rock settled with euskera lyrics (which I hardly understand as I write this review). Although it has it's bombastic moments, the music is not over-complicated, making it also easy-listening for the most part (in a good way, not the radio-friendly one); also it lacks the pomp factor of many other prog acts without losing the progressive inflection of the music. The basque folk is not omnipresent, though there are certain moments (which are not so certain). The musicianship is superb and doesn't consist of " in-your-face" licks, rather than every instrument doing their rightful share. The vocals are warm and filled with inspiration, and they don't tend to be over-emotional either.

One of my favourite tracks is "Nagusiaren nigarrak", which comprises the funk, symphonic, jazz and folk in a 5 minute song, along with some rare spoken words in the middle. For the most part is a great relaxing album consisting of short rocking songs and nice acoustic ditties like "Bakea" and "Emazte", which works along a nice symphonic ambience.

A deserved 4-star rating in my book, or should I say "Lau"?

With nothing more to add, I say "Agur".

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Errobi Prog Folk

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars This debut from the Basque folk duo Duhalde-Ducau is a rather pleasant surprise for the proghead. Their type of rock holds many interesting twists and a full instrumentation of a group, even if they are presented as a duet. All of their songs are sung in Basque (the counter-shock of Spain's deliverance of the Franco regime and the sudden provincial or local traditions allowed again) and are translate in the booklet in French and Spanish. Funnily enough and as expected from Basque, they chose to first paste the French translation before the Spanish ones. The nave artwork depicts a map of their ideal land with the waters of the lakes spelling out their names watering/milking the land.

While the songs have a definite folk rock flavour, but more in the 60's west coast rather than the traditional folklore with ancient music, the album is anything but groundbreaking, but remains pleasant. All of the tracks feature a predominantly acoustic guitar duo, but a good deal of them have some interesting bass works, and some other twist: the closing Euzkadi (their region in Basque) hassome Gregorian ambiances. No real stand outs but no stinkers either.

Hardly an essential album really, but if you have a chance at spinning it (even for sampling), it might just be worth your trouble. But if you are into Basque influenced music, you might want to try out Ametsaren Bidea, first.

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 Bizi Bizian by ERROBI album cover Live, 1979
3.77 | 7 ratings

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Bizi Bizian
Errobi Prog Folk

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

4 stars Errobi's third album (some sources relate this one coming out after their third studio Ameritsen) is a live one, but offering a selection of tracks from their first two albums, but rocking them up also. Although sonically imperfect (feedbacks and such), this album should give you an idea of what sounded Errobi in their earlier stages, with a more traditional folk rock sound than Ameritsen Bidea

Fortunately for all Non-Basque speakers, the political texts/lyrics are translated into Spanish and French on the Cd reissues, and one can see how fervent and patriotic these guys were, often citing the injustices their communities were suffering. Most tracks have enough progressive qualities to be quite charming and some are dramatic enough to describe the Basque fight for freedom. The goal of this review is not to be partial for one or the other side, but to tell the proghead that this album is likely to please them regardless of the lyrics, but knowing that this album is political makes it that much more powerful, pro or con. Musically , their sound is not that far away from Italian groups (singing-wise) or an English folk tinged with Iberic touches. Having discovered Errobi only recently, I have no idea if these guys ever collaborated with ETA (most likely not) with such a Basque spleen, no doubt they were also seen at the forefront of the autonomous movement, but clearly they were profiting from a young democratic regime, letting its people enjoy liberties they did not have for quite a long time.

Maybe not as powerful as their next album, this album is just as essential to the prog folk fan.

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 Ametsaren Bidea  by ERROBI album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.72 | 13 ratings

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Ametsaren Bidea
Errobi Prog Folk

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

4 stars 4,5 stars really!

Of all Basque folk rock groups, Errobi is the one that ventured the furthest away from their musical heritage. If Haizea stayed rather "wisely" in a psych folk rock a bit like Itziar, and Izukaitz stayed plaily in acoustic folk with ancient music, Errobi was keen to experiment more in the sense of Itoiz. After their first two rather "standard" folk albums and a live third, their fourth Ametsaren Bidea (Road to dream) was a complete change of direction.

As the rather short (and not very memorable) instrumental opener segues into the 17-min title track, a full-blown progressive rock track, the soft psych feels (induced a bit by a Gilmour or Hillage-sounding guitar) dominates and the superb pastoral ambiances (ranging from a lazy but great bass line to duet vocal and a piccolo-like flute >> simply a masterstroke. The following Andere (Lady Liberty) is only a mere 13-min+, but it has not much to envy to its forerunner, and actually surpasses it in some respects including one of the most interesting percussions/drums duet ever recorded. After two monster tracks such as these, the following track was only to pale in comparison, so Errobi chose to put a very calm acoustic guitared -min Oraino as a closer. A slow starter, the track develops into a charming typical folk rock tune

I do not think there was much to have prepared the Errobi fans for this album, and I can imagine, they lost many when this came out, but one thing is sure, some almost 30 years later, this album is now the highest regarded of their discography. Much recommended if you are into folk prog.

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