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Spanish outfit ASFALTO were born in 1972, when rock band Tickets decided that a change of moniker was needed. In the first few years the band experienced a series of line-up changes, but by 1975 a stable version of the band had settled in the shape of José Luis Jiménez (vocals, bass), Julio Castejón (guitar, vocals), Enrique Cajide (drums) and Lele Laína (guitar, vocals).

In 1977 they were signed by newly formed Chapa Discos, a sub-label of Spanish label Zafiro, and in 1978 the band made their debut with Asfalto, an affort containing several tracks considered classics by their fans. The band itself weren't all together happy with the end result though, and Jimenez and Laina decided to leave the band shortly after the album release.

Castejon and Cajide decided to continue on as Asfalto, and brought in Jorge Walter García Banegas (keyboards) and José Ramón Pérez (bass) as new members. This revamped line-up released Al Otro Lado towards the end of 1978. !!Ahora!! followed in 1979, and the double album Dejalo Asi in 1981. Label problems saw Asfalto leave Chapas Discos in 1981, and they decided that it would be better to set up a label of their own, Snif.

Mas Que Una Intencion was to be the first production released on their newly formed label, and this album also sported a new member in their line-up, in the shape of Miguel Oñate (vocals). In 1984 Cronophobia is released. This would be the last album Onate participates on, as he decides to leave the following year. Ricardo Benítez (vocals) is recruited as his replacement, and he makes his band debut on the 1986 effort Corredor de Fondo. His tenure proves to be brief though, and at the end of 1986 he decides to opt out of Asfalto, citing personal reasons for the decision. Cajide, Perez and Bangeas left the band the following year, and a period of inactivity followed.

Asfalto returned in 1990 with the album Sólo por Dinero. Band leader Castejon is accompanied by returning old members Jimenez and Leina on this production, with new man Terry Barrios (drums, vocals) as the final member of the revitalized band. Barrios sadly pass away in 1992, after which Cajide decides to return as their drummer. This version of the band would release one studio production, El Planeta de Los Locos in 1994, but by the end of 1995 Asfalto decided to call it quits.

Band leader and sole remaining forming member Castejon decided to reform Asfalto in 2008. With an all new line-up consisting of himself, ...
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1.00 | 2 ratings
Homenaje a The Beatles
3.21 | 25 ratings
3.61 | 27 ratings
Al Otro Lado
3.09 | 11 ratings
3.29 | 7 ratings
Déjalo Así
3.18 | 11 ratings
Mas Que Una Intencion
3.33 | 9 ratings
3.43 | 7 ratings
Corredor de Fondo
3.00 | 5 ratings
Sólo por Dinero
3.67 | 6 ratings
El Planeta de Los Locos
3.89 | 9 ratings
4.17 | 6 ratings
El Color De Lo Invisible
4.22 | 9 ratings
Cronicas de un Tiempo Raro

ASFALTO Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

5.00 | 2 ratings
Al Fin Vivos
4.50 | 2 ratings
Sold Out (En Directo)

ASFALTO Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

ASFALTO Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Lo Mejor
0.00 | 0 ratings
1972-1987 - 15 Años de Musica
0.00 | 0 ratings
Los Singles 1981-1986
4.67 | 3 ratings
Antologia Casual

ASFALTO Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

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 Asfalto by ASFALTO album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.21 | 25 ratings

Asfalto Crossover Prog

Review by koresea

3 stars This is the first album of the Spanish band Asfalto (apart from an album of covers from the beatles they released before), the genre of it I would say its art-rock very oriented to hard rock.

And is it good? Yes, pretty good. In fact, the sonority of the album tends basically to classic rock bands at that time, having everything that you would expect of such work. The songs are more oriented to the common structure: verse- chorus-verse-chorus with most instruments creating the rhythm while the guitar takes the lead.

One cool thing is that therefore the songs have this is structures it usually have some sections where the bands breaks off with a more progressive segment. These "breaks" normally are formed by great instrumental sections and the insertion of a psychedelic feel. A great example of this is the song "Dias de Escuela" whose the major part is an outstanding hard rock song that has a sudden psychedelic moment inserted into it (this song is probably on my top 10 songs in Spanish)

Although most of the time the music is very simple is possible to see that the artists are very competent, the drummer has some parts that are very cool and the bass it's just awesome with strong lines that gives energy to the music. The guitar who dominates most part of the songs is nothing really spectacular but solid.

Certainly the lyrics are the best part of the album, whose are all sung in Spanish and are brilliant, if you don't understand this language, I recommend checking the translations. The general theme of the songs are about liberty and urban life, the band uses of wordplay in creative ways, like in the song "Ser Urbano" (Urban Being) which the title is a play with "Ser Humano" (Human Being). The music "Rocinante" refers to the Spanish literary hero "Dom Quijote", making parallels with the Spanish modern life. This kind of content really makes the album more worth and captivating.

This is album is basically a hard-rock album with some more artistic spice into it, is by any means something that would break your concepts of rock but is certain an album really cool to just put into your car before going to work and enjoy some rock n roll, I recommend it for those who are into classic and hard rock or prog fans that don't care to listen to some more accessible stuff. 3 stars

 Homenaje a The Beatles by ASFALTO album cover Studio Album, 1976
1.00 | 2 ratings

Homenaje a The Beatles
Asfalto Crossover Prog

Review by Juan K

1 stars This isn't really an Asfalto album. The band got paid to record carbon copy of some Beatles originals to be sold in gas stations and supermarkets only in cassette, with no recording credits. The sound is so retro because the recording was !! This was recorded in a 8-track studio WITHOUT a console. Still, you have to admire the good level at imitating the originals, most in the vocal department (the band had three good singers, after all and all of them were big Beatles fans). So this is only for completists and big fans of the band ... as me. Years later, when the band got famous, the label re-released this crediting the band. The image that is shown here is from an even later re-release in CD.
 Al Otro Lado by ASFALTO album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.61 | 27 ratings

Al Otro Lado
Asfalto Crossover Prog

Review by Juan K

4 stars As I told in the first Asfalto album review, the band almost broke just when that album got released, but Julio Castejón and Enrique Cajide soldiered on with new members Guny (bass, vocals) and Jorge García Banegas (keyboards). Banegas was a god sent, he had arrived recently from Argentina, where he and his band Psiglo - also in progarchives - were refugees from the military repression in Uruguay... but then they got the same fate in Argentina. So the new democratic times in Spain seemed a good destination ... but they couldn't got work and Psiglo broke up. Banegas was a fantastic keyboard player and connected with Castejón from the minute they started playing together, becoming the new writing team of the band.

Also Banegas was the key for the more prog direction Castejón wanted to take Asfalto in. These two soon wrote a whole batch of new songs that they started to play live. At the end of 1978 they went to London to record this music, and got to play at the Marquee too. Al Otro Lado got released in Dec '78, just nine months after the debut.

This is the most overtly prog album of Asfalto's first run (1978-1986) and the title track, almost 11 minutes long, their epic. Also you got the classic cuts: Mujer de Plástico, Nadie Ha Gritado and, mostly, El Viejo, the jewel of the album.

A fine, fine album that doesn't seem to be from the same band as the debut ... well, half of it wasn't, lol. But a constant in Asfalto discography is the change from album to album. A must for collectors of Spanish prog.

 Asfalto by ASFALTO album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.21 | 25 ratings

Asfalto Crossover Prog

Review by Juan K

3 stars This is the first "real" album from Asfalto, since Homenaje a The Beatles was a thing they got paid for and that wasn't credited to them in the first edition (those were carbon copies of Beatles hits, they got paid to do that).

The band had been rejected by labels for two years. They were working in a opera/concept album when they finally got signed by the new label Chapa (a sub labed by Zafiro). They were the first ever band to have a release for that label that got to sign a lot of Spanish bands over the years. They had some pressure from the label to get a certain grade of success - after all they were the first from that new label - and they gave up the opera/concept project, using only some of those songs for the B side of the album (Quiere Irme: La Huida/Rocinante/La Isla del Amor). The rest was a mix of new written songs and some old songs that they hadn't thought of recording them.

The album was recorded over a few days in November 1977. The guys were very upset by the final results of the sessions. In fact, when they got called for a listening, they thought that was a rough mix, not the mastered album. This got released in March '78 but the disatisfaction was so big that the band broke up because of it, with Jiménez and Laina forming Topo, while Castejón and Cajide recluiting new members to go on with a new name ... until they got convinced by their own crew (that had stayed with them) to go on as Asfalto ... but that's another story.

So the band didn't think at the time that this album was representing them. The new Aslfalto nor Topo weren't playing these songs live ... until a few months later the album started to get really popular, and Asfalto HAD to include songs from it in their live sets. With the years four songs from it (Capitán Trueno, Ser Urbano, Rocinante and Días de Escuela) got to reach a classic status in Spanish rock. And well, the sound is not that good BUT it's NOT bad, the engineer took the "bite" out of their guitars. The band at the time were closer to Man in sound - maybe a bit of Wishbone Ash too - though the big thing about them was having three strong singers, that worked beautiful armonies and did co-leads in some songs - a thing that always goes with me.

These songs mostly don't have prog elements, except Quiero Irme: La Huída and a few touches here and there. The next album would be mostly prog. But that's another story.

Two things: Julio Castejón also handled the keyboards in the recording (he doubled in guitar/keys live then). And the flute that you can hear in Capitán Trueno is from an outsider-non-credited-player (a friend of Jiménez).

A must if you want to know about Spanish rock, but not a prog jewel to be honest.

 Asfalto by ASFALTO album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.21 | 25 ratings

Asfalto Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars Among the popular Rock bands from Spain, Asfalto from Madrid emerged from the group Tickets in early-70's, but it wasn't until the mid-70's when the group had a stable core on Jose Luis Jimenez (vocals, bass), Julio Castejon (guitar, vocals), Enrique Cajide (drums) and Lele Laina (guitar, vocals).In 1976 the band performed a tribute album to The Beatles, entitled ''Homenaje a Los Beatles'', and the next year they were signed by Zafiro.In 1978 Asfalto made their self-titled debut on Zafiro's sub-label Chapa Discos.

The debut of Asfalto was a full-blown Hard Rock album with slight prog inspirations, featuring dual guitar leads, expressive Spanish vocals and definitely among the more deep bass works to find in the genre.Most of the tracks are short and catchy with some impressive guitar parts and good solos, while even the vocal melodies sound pleasant.A Hard Rock sound with a nice balance between stronger and lighter moments is here and there supported by a proggier style.''Capitan trueno'' is a beautiful Symphonic/Spanish Rock with a beautiful flute melody repeating among its rockier parts.The short ''Todos los dias'', despite performed with a classic rock instrumentation, bursts a light symphonic flavor due to the great guitars and interesting vocals.Even the long ''Quiero irme: la huida'' has its moments with acoustic guitars, impressive electric guitar workouts and more space for instrumental madness.

This is still a typical Hard Rock album from Spain, but the music is sometimes too good to simply pass this one by.Recommended, especially if you like Spanish Prog-related Rock music.

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