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ICEBERG from the middle of the 70's were easily one of *the* best Progressive bands to come from Spain. This Spanish band ICEBERG came (like Manuel from Fawlty Towers) from Barcelona and consisted of: Max Sune (guitar), Josep Mas Kitflus (keyboards), Primi Sancho (bass) and Jordi Colomer (drums), Angel Riba (voice) could only be heard on the first record. Their style was definitely jazzier but with continuous conversations between the guitars and keyboards in a mixture of fusion and symphonic sounds. The band mixed RETURN FOREVER or THE MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA's crazy and energetic music and SANTANA's more latin one.

ICEBERG made four studio-albums entitled: "Tutankhamon" ('75), "Coses Nostres" ('76), "Sentiments" ('77) and "Arc-en-Ciel" ('78). Their final release was the live-LP "En directe" from '79. Their debut album "Tutankhamon" (eleven tracks) is their most 'symphonic': tasteful songs with many shifting moods, ranging from fluent with biting and howling, wah-wah drenched guitar solos to dreamy with floods of choir-Mellotron and tender Fender Rhodes piano. The vocals are often passionate and the interplay between guitar and keyboards is flowing. The other albums contain splendid jazzrock/fusion music with spectacular guitar - and keyboard work. Try for "Coses Nostres" or "Sentiments" as they're a bit better than "En Directe" or "Arc-En-Ciel" though any of these are fantastic. "Coses Nostres" is a very strong release from the ultimate Spanish fusion ensemble. An absolute must if you can find any of the albums. FOR THE FUSION-LOVERS...!

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3.47 | 38 ratings
Tutankhamon
1975
4.05 | 54 ratings
Coses Nostres
1976
4.35 | 62 ratings
Sentiments
1977
3.62 | 26 ratings
Arc-en-ciel
1979

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4.10 | 21 ratings
Iceberg en Directe
1978

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5.00 | 2 ratings
La Flamenca Eléctrica
1976

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 Coses Nostres by ICEBERG album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.05 | 54 ratings

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Coses Nostres
Iceberg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
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3 stars For their second album Iceberg had a completely turn both in the line-up and style of music proposed.Angel Riba left the group and the remaining quartet decided to move on as all instrumental ensemble.They traveled again to Madrid and recorded ''Coses nostres'' in just four days during September 76' at the Kirios Studios.Even a single was released to promote the album, containing ''Preludio'' along with a shorter version of ''La flamenca electrica''.

Musically the mixed bag of sounds presented on ''Tutankhamon'' was a thing of the past.Iceberg focused on creating technically compentent, at times virtuosic and irritating Progressive Rock with strong Jazz and Spanish Folk influences, not far from the sound of GUADALQUIVIR or IMAN CALIFATO INDEPENDIENTE.Most of the tracks are long with plenty of shifting moods, led by the soaring synthesizers and the electric piano of Josep Mas and the sharp, jazzy guitars of Sune.The spanish sounds are easily recognizable throughout the release, as ''Coses nostres'' contains tons of Latin vibes in its solos and melodies.The performances and arrangements are well-balanced, ranging from rich and incredibly dense musical ideas to softer moments with a more Jazz- or Acoustic-oriented sound, lacking a proggy flavor.Equally, the atmosphere of the album goes through dreamy and sensitive textures to more cold and technical soundscapes.However a very sterile production along with the somewhat thin synthesizer sound prevent the album from being a true must-have.

Nice, elaborate and captivating instrumental Prog/Fusion for all lovers of the style.Try to skip the disadvantage of the mediocre recording quality and focus on the great musicianship, you are sure to enjoy this album a lot more.Recommended.

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 Coses Nostres by ICEBERG album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.05 | 54 ratings

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Coses Nostres
Iceberg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by João Paulo

5 stars Excelent Spanish Progressive Jazz Fusion Band. One of the best on seventies decade that play in famous Canet Rock music festival with, to me, another grat Spanish Fusion band called Barcelona Traction. This is an album in Fusion vein but with some Space psichedelic parts. This a fusion of Jazz music with Flamenco music influencies. This album has a thread common to all tracks, with an excellent quality in musical composition. We hear many great duets between keyboards and guitars. Despite being a purely instrumental album, this is a masterpiece that feel like listening again and again. Not a boring album despite have some calm parts, but the development of music we encounter surprises with very good guitar solos. Album mandatory for anyone who likes jazz fusion of the 70s I give 5 stars because it's really a masterpiece.

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 Coses Nostres by ICEBERG album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.05 | 54 ratings

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Iceberg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Atavachron
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5 stars If I had to choose one album that represented the sound of mid-1970s jazz-rock fusion, all that was really good about the direction Mahavishnu and National Health and RtF had taken, it could very well be this one. Rich with the liberated spirit of that time and the dedication to technical challenge, Iceberg's Coses Nostres nailed it. They understood what was possible, but more importantly, they knew exactly what they wanted and how to achieve it. It's not necessarily that they were better than the countless other fusion acts of the era (which they were), but rather that they captured the essence of the style, its muse, and its distillation better than most.

Non-fans of the genre will likely neither notice that or care much, as it should be. I can't blame them. "Fusion" as it had become was very often a cold, soulless, ironically commercial brand of music, distorted from its raw and fairly humble beginnings with Tony Williams, Herbie Hancock and John McLaughlin into a machine-like parody of itself more often to turn up on AM radio or piped-in at a dentist's office than as the fierce form it was capable of being. It's no wonder a band from Spain would end up keeping the flame of real fusion alive, at least in 1976. I haven't heard Tutankhamon and apparently they were more symphonic, which would put this follow-up in a parallel arc with the whole Phil Collins/Brand X/Genesis jazzrock period (of which much of this reminds, though I prefer Iceberg to any Brand X). Remnants of their symph offerings can certainly be heard in 'Preludi i Record' as it melds with 8&1/2-minute 'Nova(Musica de la Llum)', a textbook Fusion dig that has all the right moves and then some, with blistering volleys between guitarist Suñe and keyboardist Mas, Jordi Colomer's crisp, popping traps, and Primitivo Sancho's utterly reliable and comforting thud on the Fender J Bass. The pretty opening of 'L'acustica' speaks Hancock and continues issuing that master's voice throughout the piece. The familiar tone of a Rhodes piano backbones 'La d'En Kitflus' but is layered with numerous synths and the flavors of seventies tech-funk, as does hip rocker 'La Flamenca Electrica', too long and somewhat drowsy 'A Valencia', and sly beastie '1 1/8 Manifest de la Follia' ends things confidently.

Definitive, authoritative, authentic, Iceberg's Coses Nostres became, perhaps unknowingly, one of the most satisfying examples of, what was then, cutting edge modern music. Fans of Colosseum II, Brand X, early DiMeola, et al., would do themselves a favor to find this puppy. Good stuff, muchachos.

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 Arc-en-ciel  by ICEBERG album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.62 | 26 ratings

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Iceberg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Gerinski
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3 stars Arc-En-Ciel was the last album from the great spanish fusion band Iceberg before its two main members guitarist Max Sunyer and keyboardist "Kitflus" would form the catalan fusion supergroup Pegasus together with ex-Gotic bassist Rafael Escote and ex-Fusioon drummer Santi Arisa (with some solo albums in between, the first Pegasus album was released in 1982).

The musicianship is top-notch as ever, and any fusion lover not knowing their previous albums might easily rate this album with 4 or even 5 stars, it's only by comparison to their previous works such as Coses Nostres and Sentiments that I limit my rating of this album to the 3 ? 3.5 stars level.

The formula is still the same, a fantastic rhythm section (Jordi Colomer was really a hell of a drummer and Primi Sancho a great bassist) on which Max and Kitflus develop their melodies and solos, the keyboards taking the more musical side (not forgetting solos either) and Max's guitar taking care of the hardest soloing in the footsteps of McLaughlin or Di Meola. However the general tone is softer, more polished than in their previous albums, and there is a shift towards a more latin sound.

The opener "El Caminant Nocturn" (The Night Walker) is the best track, with Kitflus trademark Rhodes piano, very good melodies and a killer guitar solo by Max followed by a no less impressive synth solo by Kitflus. 5 stars for this song.

"Cantics De La Carn" (The Singing Of The Flesh) is based on a samba-like rhythm, a style I don't fancy much so even if the development is clearly proggy being the longest track clocking at 11:18, and the musicianship outstanding, it drags a bit too much for me. Just a matter of taste, if you can enjoy a prog-samba it can be an excellent track.

"Riu D'Agost" (August River) has a beautiful piano and acoustic guitar intro, then all the instruments come in and develop into a great latin jazz track with piano reminding of Michael Camilo and very good acoustic guitar, and impressive alternating solos of keys and guitar, really great stuff, just a bit too latin for my taste.

"Embrujo" (Enchant) is again latin featuring nice piano parts, a killer guitar solo and a good keys solo too.

"Crisalide" starts atmospheric with piano and acoustic guitar, after 1 min all the instruments come in and it sounds more like their older albums, electric guitar on Rhodes, then some funky feel and a killer guitar solo which sounds like Santana mixed with McLaughlin. If this was not enough we still get a great Rhodes solo, but this is a bit the problem, it's like there's too little melody, just great solos.

In summary 2 thoughts: 1. this album is undoubtedly good and has terrific solos but fewer and weaker melodies than their previous albums. 2. There is a clear shift to a more latin style, this is a purely personal taste matter but personally I prefer the previous more standard fusion style.

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 Iceberg en Directe by ICEBERG album cover Live, 1978
4.10 | 21 ratings

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Iceberg en Directe
Iceberg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Gerinski
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4 stars This is a very odd live album, it consists entirely of songs which were never released in studio version, it is only 35 minutes long and its 4-and-a-bit songs are taken from 5 different concerts in Bilbao, Oviedo, Reus and 2 concerts in Madrid, separated with fade outs. As a consequence it does not provide any feeling of rendering the experience of watching an Iceberg's live concert, and in this respect as a live album it fails. And yet, the music is good enough to give it 3.5 stars which I'm rounding up to 4 to differentiate from the purely 3 stars I give to the following Arc-En-Ciel.

Side A in the LP is by far the best and consists actually of 2 songs which have been merged as a single 18 min track on CD. "Oh, Un Anec Simfonic!" (Oh, A Symphonic Duck!) is the first 9 min section, it starts funky but gradually gets more proper fusion, with good melodic lines. Then the soloing section comes, first with a powerful guitar solo by Max Sunyer but less aggressive than his solos in the album Coses Nostres, followed by the synth solo by Kitflus. At 8:00 it gets soft again showing good dynamics before ending at 9:13 minutes. The second 8:45 section is the song "Ones" (Waves), a great mellower track with nice melodic phrases, alternating guitar and keyboard solos which after a crescendo merge into synchronized soloing, again very good dynamics, reminds me of Brand X. The playing ability of the guys is as impressive as always and the rythmic section terrific, especially the drumming of Jordi Colomer.

Side B is still very good but relatively weaker showing the trend which would continue in Arc- En-Ciel, less melody and more soloing, and a more standard jazz-rock feel and less fusion. "Cancó Per Qualsevol Orquestra" (A Song For Any Orchestra) follows this more straightforward jazz-rock direction, the beginning reminds a bit of the Dixie Dregs, it has good alternating solos of guitar and keyboards but it lacks melody and passion. The last track "Histories" (Histories) is based on a fast drumming rhythm, half samba and half Dixie Dregs bluegrass, it has good structure with a calmer section, crescendo, rhythm breaks, synchronized soloing and coda to the main fast theme, but overall it lacks a bit of inspiration. The album ends very oddly with a fade-in-and-out of some 30 seconds from their track "La Flamenca Electrica" from the album Coses Nostres, one of their best known melodies, but I have never understood what it does here, probably because after listening to 4 tracks which nobody knew before, it serves to remind that we were listening to an Iceberg album.

Very good fusion but less good that their first 3 albums.

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 Sentiments by ICEBERG album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.35 | 62 ratings

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Sentiments
Iceberg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Gerinski
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5 stars With apologies for lack of originality I will give the same comment as for the previous album 'Coses Nostres': possibly not 5-stars from a total Prog-Rock point of view but certainly a 5-star Jazz-Rock-Fusion album. Probably Iceberg's best album, musically as outstanding as 'Coses Nostres' and yet more polished, especially for what concerns Max's guitar. Max was already a fast player but a bit 'dirty' in his fastest alternate picking runs, and here his improved technique together with the newer hardware and recording capabilities make him sound much smoother even at the same or even faster picking speeds.

As with many fusion records, much of this album relies on soloing displays, but there's still a lot of variation and quality to keep the listener's attention.

The short 'Sentiments' opens with a haunting middle east atmosphere, you could nearly say that Dream Theater took here an inspiration for the beginning of Metropolis Pt. 2 'Home'.

'Andalusia, Andalusia' has a bit of everything, mid-tempo fusion, mediterranean feel, tempo breaks, a shift to samba-like rhythm, alternating and synchronized solos etc. It even feels like some Dixie Dregs tune at moments.

'A Sevilla' displays again great dynamics with a beautiful piano intro and then guitar & keyboards melody, tempo breaks, alternate furious solos etc.

'Ball De Les Fulles' is a mid-tempo track with always amazing drumming, bass and soloing, and a similar pattern follows with 'Magic' which has great solos on a groovy main beat.

'Joguines'is probably the most distictive song, very mediterranean with clean guitar and piano.

Their best album in my opinion although you should also check at the very least their previous 'Coses Nostres', these two are very close to eachother in overall quality.

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 Coses Nostres by ICEBERG album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.05 | 54 ratings

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Coses Nostres
Iceberg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Gerinski
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5 stars After their excellent debut Tutankhamon which was more symphonic than fusion, singer- saxophonist Angel Riba left the band and Iceberg stayed as an instrumental quartet. This line-up would remain stable until they broke up in 1980 when Kitflus and Max went on to form catalan fusion supergroup Pegasus together with Fusioon's drummer Santi Arisa and Gòtic's bassist Rafael Escoté. When losing Riba they shifted their style to fully-fledged jazz- rock-fusion, setting out to prove that had they been british or american, they would have been up there together with the likes of Mahavishnu, Return to Forever, Weather Report or Brand X.

This album and their next 'Sentiments' are clearly their best. Much fusion is about the soloing abilities of the band members which is fine, but a key ingredient to full success is not falling prey of only this aspect. Single-instrument improvisation solos need to be balanced by melodic lines, structure, dynamics, multi-instrumental phrases, rythmic diversity and other musical elements. Here is where 'Coses Nostres' and 'Sentiments' stand out, they have it all, the soloing is furious (especially by guitarist Max Sunyer) but there's so much more than that. 'Coses Nostres' is rawer than any of their following albums but it compensates by having deeper passion.

The short opening track 'Preludi i Record' (Prelude and Memory) holds to its name keeping a symphonic bridge to the previous album, then 'Nova' is a furious burst of Mahavishnu-like fusion with killer solos by Max and Kitflus.

'L'acustica' is soft, built on piano and acoustic guitar, for big part in a 13/8 beat, lovely. 'La d'en Kitflus' has Rhodes piano and electric guitar in a fast beat with alternating solos on guitar and keyboards and good dynamics with a calmer part on bass and a crescendo, wonderful stuff.

'La Flamenca Elèctrica' has one of the strongest melodies and an andalusian feel with those major chords shifting one semitone up and down. Their last nod to their symphonic past.

'A Valencia' is another very strong track starting soft but building up to hard fusion moments, and the same can be said of the closer '11/8' which features killer soloing in this time signature.

Possibly not a 5-star album from a total Prog-Rock point of view but undoubtedly a 5-star within the Jazz-Rock-Fusion environment.

The next album 'Sentiments' is technically better and more polished, but this one 'Coses Nostres' has more passion in it. I'm rating both of them with 5 stars so it's up to you which one you want to discover first.

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 Coses Nostres by ICEBERG album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.05 | 54 ratings

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Coses Nostres
Iceberg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Switching from a symphonic prog rock band to an all-instrumental fusion group was a smart move on Iceberg's part, the vocals on their debut album being the weakest link. This time around they play a style of fusion reminiscent of the darker Mahavishnu Orchestra or Return to Forever tracks, with the keyboard work of Joseph "Kitflus" Mas being a major presence. Unfortunately, the synth sound used by Kitflus has not aged well, which makes it hard for modern ears to appreciate the technically proficient fusion on offer here. In addition to this, the usually competent playing is let down occasionally by slipshod songwriting - the second track, Nova, in particular seems to lack cohesion to my ears. Still, a solid three star album from a more than competent fusion outfit.

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 Tutankhamon by ICEBERG album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.47 | 38 ratings

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Tutankhamon
Iceberg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Emerging just as Spain was on the cusp of its transition to democracy, Iceberg's debut album finds the band unsure of just what direction they intend to take. Regular nods to the conventions of symphonic prog aside, the band's heart really seems to lie in funk-influenced jazz fusion, leading to an intriguing blend of styles which keeps the album entertaining - though I'm left with the impression that the music would be improved if Iceberg had committed to one musical direction or another rather than prevaricating. In particular, I'd like to hear much more saxophone and less vocals from frontman Angel Riba, though guitarist Max and keyboardist Kitflus trade solos more than competently.

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 Iceberg en Directe by ICEBERG album cover Live, 1978
4.10 | 21 ratings

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Iceberg en Directe
Iceberg Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I must admit it seems strange to me to release a live album that is only 35 minutes long, but apparently they only wanted to release the live songs that weren't on any of their studio albums. So we get three long tracks.This was recorded live in Madrid and released in 1978. It doesn't measure up to the studio albums "Coses Nostres" or "Sentiments" but there's enough here to warrrant a low 4 star rating in my opinion.The guitar and keyboards are the focus as usual with this band and they certainly do not disappoint on this one.The album cover appeals to me as well.

"Oh ! Un Anec Simfonic Ones" is the almost 18 minute opener.The home crowd can be heard cheering wildly as the album starts. It then turns quiet as the guitar comes in followed by bass, drums then synths.This actually reminds me of BRAND X here. A calm after 2 1/2 minutes as the piano leads.You can hear the crowd cheering in the background.The sound builds and this does sound pretty amazing. Love the guitar. Another calm with synths before 7 1/2 minutes as the crowd noise becomes evident once again. It builds and we get some ripping guitar 8 1/2 minutes in then it's like the song ends but then they start up again with a different melody before 10 1/2 minutes.This is more laid back.It settles more 12 minutes in then the guitar starts to light it up 13 1/2 minutes in. It settles back again 15 1/2 minutes in.Great tune !

"Canco Per Qualsevol Orquestra" has a bit of a funky rhythm to it. Piano before 2 minutes then the guitar leads. Piano is back as they take turns leading.

"Histories" is the almost 11 minute closer.This actually reminds me most of what I like about this band. Cheering to start then atmosphere with piano to for about a minute, then the guitar and drums kick in hard. Great sound here. Synths to the fore at 4 minutes.The guitar is back after 5 1/2 minutes and he proceeds to rip it up. A calm after 8 minutes with atmosphere then it kicks back in again. It ends before 10 minutes but then they return for a short piece that seems to end abruptly.

Just simply some killer playing on this one and it's cool to hear these new tracks as well.

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