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MEDINA AZAHARA

Symphonic Prog • Spain


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This popular Spanish band from Cordoba was founded in the late Seventies. In 79 MEDINA AZAHARA released their debut-album "Paseando Por La Mezquita" (aka "Medina Azahara") and they are still going strong because in 2003 MEDINA AZAHARA produced their 15th album entitled "Aixa"! During their "artistic heyday" the band featured Manuel Martinez (vocals), Pablo Rabadan (keyboards), Randy Lopez (bass), 'Paco' Ventura (guitar) and Manuel Reyes (drums).

The album "Paseando Por La Mezquita" contains the exciting Andalusian rock and earned a double-platinum status. On the album ".. En Al-Hakim" ('89) there's a guest appearance by the highly acclaimed new flamenco guitar hero VICENTE AMIGO on three songs. These are very exciting, especially the flamenco/synthesizer duel and a bluesy climate with mouth organ and sensitive flamenco guitar runs, very unique. The live 2-LP (now on 1-CD) "En Directo" (1990) contains all their best songs, the bands plays very inspired (powerful, harder-edged guitarwork and MARK KELLY-like synthesizer flights) and the atmosphere is great.

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3.68 | 28 ratings
Medina Azahara
1979
2.98 | 9 ratings
La Esquina del Viento
1980
2.28 | 8 ratings
Andalucia
1982
1.21 | 5 ratings
Caravana Española
1985
3.56 | 9 ratings
...En Al-Hakim
1989
2.42 | 8 ratings
Sin Tiempo
1992
2.20 | 6 ratings
Donde Esta la Luz
1993
2.14 | 5 ratings
Árabe
1995
1.36 | 3 ratings
Tanger
1998
3.14 | 3 ratings
XX
2000
1.54 | 5 ratings
Tierra De Libertad
2001
2.19 | 5 ratings
Aixa
2003
2.27 | 3 ratings
La Estación de los Sueños
2005
4.06 | 6 ratings
Se Abre La Puerta
2007
4.20 | 5 ratings
Origen Y Leyenda
2009
4.43 | 7 ratings
La Memoria Perdida
2012
4.00 | 4 ratings
Las Puertas del Cielo
2014

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

4.09 | 4 ratings
En Vivo
1990
3.67 | 3 ratings
A Toda Esa Gente
1996
4.00 | 2 ratings
En Escena... (CD + DVD)
2008

MEDINA AZAHARA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.10 | 2 ratings
En Gira (Live 2000)
2003
3.10 | 2 ratings
En Concierto
2004

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

4.00 | 1 ratings
Legend in Andalucia
1994
4.00 | 2 ratings
La Esquina Del Viento / Andalucia
1995
4.50 | 2 ratings
Sus Tres Albumes en CBS
1998
3.29 | 5 ratings
Baladas
1999
4.00 | 2 ratings
Original Version
2002
4.67 | 3 ratings
25 Años
2006
4.50 | 4 ratings
30 Años y la Historia Continúa (3CD + DVD)
2011

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

3.18 | 3 ratings
En Navidad
1995

MEDINA AZAHARA Reviews


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 La Esquina del Viento by MEDINA AZAHARA album cover Studio Album, 1980
2.98 | 9 ratings

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La Esquina del Viento
Medina Azahara Symphonic Prog

Review by maryes

2 stars 2,5 stars !!! The second album from Spanish prog band MEDINA AZAHARA ""La Esquina del Viento", in my humble opinion is just a little bit better than their first sel-titled abum, I say this only due to the fact of this one shows a more variety in terms of rhythm among their eight tracks. For instance I can cite the beat difference between the first track "El rincón de mi mente" and the second track "Sueños de locura" : the first is more adequately framed in symphonic prog (at least in their overture)... while the second is more close from a hard or heavy prog. But in meantime this album "recalls" some weak points already verified in their first realease, in all tracks the rhythm is repetitive with a very few moments of musical "landscapes" variations, a fact which makes the audition very monotonous.For this considerations my rate is 2 stars !!!

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 Andalucia by MEDINA AZAHARA album cover Studio Album, 1982
2.28 | 8 ratings

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Andalucia
Medina Azahara Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars The third album by this Spanish band. Their first album was really good. Their second album not that great and the slide to the bottom of the sea is completed on this album.

Medina Azahara has always fused rock, pop, prog rock and folk music into one musical expression. On this album, prog rock aka Genesis has been dropped altogether. What remains is a mix of commercial pop rock and folk music. The type of music that makes the dance floors in the rural areas fill up with more or less sober men and women. Every country has scenes like this and Medina Azahara has made a stab at this scene with this album.

The music here is not particular interesting. The rhythm section is laying down a four by four pattern and never deviates from that. Playing drums and bass on this album is as interesting as watching paint dry. Not that the guitarist have a much better job either. The vocalist is laying down his soul ikn the vocals and I do not think he sings about splitting atoms and the latest innovations in how to predict weather forecasts. My guess is that the vocals is about love in all it's variations. Love hurts, love is complicated, love makes you happy. These subjects which no members of ProgArchives even have the faintest ideas about (sorry guys, but Wikipedia is down today).

The quality of the music is not too shabby. Well, it is by no means good. But this album is not a turkey, although it makes the same kind of noises. It is Spanish pop/rock, no less and no more. A very weak two pointer it is.

2 stars (barely)

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 La Esquina del Viento by MEDINA AZAHARA album cover Studio Album, 1980
2.98 | 9 ratings

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Medina Azahara Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars The second album from this Andalucian symph prog combo.

The band and music is unmistaken Spanish with Spanish vocals and Spanish folk rock sound. The music is a blend of Genesis aka Foxtrot and RPI bands like Banco and Le Orme. I would label Spanish symph prog as RPI's brother. No wonder in fact. Both countries are in the deep south Europe and in the Mediterranean Ocean area. Both are also bordering to the Arabian Africa spheres.

Medina Azahara is combining their Genesis like keyboards with flamenco and other folk rock from this region. The guitars are mostly heavy. The music is proper rock with some pop influences. The music is much more crossover rock than symphonic prog.

Y Amanece En La Ciudad and the good keyboards here is the best song on an album which ticks over nicely with some good music. Their vintage keyboards driven sound is really good too. This is a good album and a good example on what Spanish symphonic prog anno the 1970s sounds like.

3 stars

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 Medina Azahara by MEDINA AZAHARA album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.68 | 28 ratings

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Medina Azahara Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars ProgArchives is a very valuable tool for discovering new bands. One of them is this Spanish band. This album is Medina Azahara's debut album from 1979. The band is still going strong.

Spain is more a confederation of independent nations than a nation itself. I find Spain a very fascinating country seen from afar and I have a lot of time for Spain. This band is from Cordoba in Andalusia, a region and nation in the far south of Spain. Their music is called Andalusian Rock. Exciting stuff, in other words.

And the music here is indeed very special and indeed a subgenre within the symphonic prog genre. Genesis, ELP and Yes copies, this is not. But still well within the symph prog genre. The music is both melodic and rhythmic with a very large slab of flamenco and folk rock. The opening song is much more a hard rocker than the rest of the album so don't think this is a hard rocking album. The music on the rest of the album is very melodic and keyboards driven with Spanish vocals on the top. This interplay between hard rocking guitars, melodic keyboards and superb vocals is something we also find in Rock Progressivo Italiano. Hence, those who likes Rock Progressivo Italiano will also like this album and this band.

The overall quality is very good, bordering to great. Hacia Tí with it's moog is a great song and closest to what I feel is missing on this album; a real killer track. But this is indeed a very good debut album which has made me order some more albums from this band.

3.75 stars

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 Medina Azahara by MEDINA AZAHARA album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.68 | 28 ratings

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Medina Azahara Symphonic Prog

Review by maryes

2 stars I'm so sorry , and I wish to presents my excuses for my friends (collaborators, members, prog reviewers and etc...) from P A , but, I cannot agree with the 44% who give "Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection" and so minus to 31% who gives " Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music". After some careful auditions, my conclusion about MEDINA AZAHARA (self-titled) still the same: In spite of present some very beautiful guitar and keyboards passages, the disk suffer of a "deathly sin" - a very monotonous rhythmic section and this fact make one track very similar to others. If I want be coherent with one of my parameters of "What make a music be really progressive ?", which is the evolution of harmony, melody and rhythm, I think that last term from my "equation" are renegade at this work. For the reason above-mentioned, my rate is only 2 stars !!!

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 Se Abre La Puerta by MEDINA AZAHARA album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.06 | 6 ratings

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Se Abre La Puerta
Medina Azahara Symphonic Prog

Review by Thierry

4 stars Medina Azahara are the main heir to the flamenco rock movement created in the seventies by bands such as Triana. Listen to their first eponymous album. Then the combo slowly hardened their sound, incorporating some metal guitars. But they still play a reprise of 'El lago', Triana's anthem, during gigs. Hence this brilliant idea: playing in a 'modern sauce' the main tracks of flamenco rock. You'll find many Triana's hits of course ('Abre la puerta', 'Tu frialdad', 'Hijos del agobio', 'Una noche de amor', 'Dialogo', 'Luminosa mañana'), but also songs by Alameda ('Amanecer en el puerto'), and of course from Medina Azahara's flamenco prog period. In a more metallic blend but never forgetting the flamenco roots (many guests from that movement are here). The best is for me, 'El lago', with its rap arrangements. I know some will disapprove but isn't it the very definition of prog (at least in the seventies), breaking walls between styles and creating a new music? A great way of discovering or revisiting that fabulous prog school even if some prestigious names are missing (Cai for instance).

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 Sin Tiempo by MEDINA AZAHARA album cover Studio Album, 1992
2.42 | 8 ratings

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Sin Tiempo
Medina Azahara Symphonic Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

2 stars "Sin Tiempo" is one of the most representative albums of Medina Azahara, a curious band from Cordoba, Andalucia, south o Spain.

They were originally born at the end of 70's very influenced by another famous band from Andalucia, Triana. The voice of Manuel Martínez is very similar to the Jesús de la Rosa's one, and so are the oriental music influences. Maybe Medina Azahara were less flamenco, and more arabic, but similar anyway.

But Medina Azahara suffered a change in their mussical style... From the andalucian prog-rock of the beginning, they evolved to a more conventional heavy-rock, but still with the arabic touch and the curious Manuel's voice. And "Sin Tiempo" is just that, a heavy album from beginning to end, without any prog element, but with a strong spanish feeling.

The sound of the album is not spectacular, being the guitars a bit weak in my opinion... Although Paco Ventura is a very talented player. You only have to hear the fantastic solos in Solo y Sin Ti... And the songs are also ok, being Todo Tiene Su Fin and Necesito Respirar the two most famous Medina Azahara's hymns. The lyrics are cheesy and sometimes even ridiculous, but they are listenable.

So although this album is good, I can't recommended to any prog lover, because is just not prog. Just for curious heavy searchers.

Best songs: Solo y Sin Ti (a fine ballad), Todo tiene Su fin (a great version), Junto a Lucía (cool hard rock track) and Necesito Respirar (the chorus is too repetitive, but the song is good)

Conclusion: "Sin Tiempo" is very far from the Triana influenced first years of the band, so you will not find prog here... Just a curious hard rock / heavy album with some cool andalucian and arabic arrangements, and with some fine tracks too. Just for collectors.

My personal rating: ***

ProgArchives rating: **

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 Donde Esta la Luz by MEDINA AZAHARA album cover Studio Album, 1993
2.20 | 6 ratings

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Donde Esta la Luz
Medina Azahara Symphonic Prog

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

2 stars MEDINA AZAHARA plays song oriented rock with a few symphonic touches, strong Andalusian vocals, and lots of preening lead and rhythm guitars. The tracks range from hard rock to power ballads, not exactly an impressive range. In "El Hakim", the group threw in some fine Spanish guitar licks, but they are not to be found here. About half the tracks on the original CD re-release are at least mildly interesting, but none stand out : "A Toda Esa Gente", "No Quiero Pensar en ese Amor", "La Tierra Perdida", "Tu Mirada" would be in that category, and also adequately represent the limited stylistic breadth. One of the bonus tracks is an alternate version of the excellent "Otono" which originally appeared on "el Hakim". And at this point the group does appear to be recycling, in dire need of a new creative infusion. At this point almost any new direction would be welcome.

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 La Estación de los Sueños by MEDINA AZAHARA album cover Studio Album, 2005
2.27 | 3 ratings

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La Estación de los Sueños
Medina Azahara Symphonic Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Medina Azahara is a place near Córdoba (Andalusia) where the Arabs had a huge palace built in the tenth century. This band, originating from Córdoba choose this name to show its roots and has often integrated Oriental influences in their music throughout a long and prolific career.

To be honest, there were much more downs than ups in their discography. The proghead should only bother with their first two albums, which are on the symphonic side as well as with ''En Al-Hakim''.

Most of their work is just straight Spanish pop-rock. At times tinted with a harder sound (''XX''). It is again the situation with ''La Estación De Los Sueños''. The opener was a good surprise though (but short): fine Middle-Eastern influence could have lead to a work in the vein of ''En Al- Hakim'', but it won't be the case, unfortunately.

Still, this album is substantially better than their last several poor albums (''Aixa'', ''Tierra De Libertad'' and ''Tanger'' which I all rated with one star). Some flamenco oriented vocals during ''Niña Dime Tú'' and ''Sólo Momentos'' are bringing these songs into good territories but several tunes are really painful (the AOR ''Al Diablo Con El Cielo, the pop ''Sólo Soy Un Tonto'').

A true prog feel I don't have while listening to this album, and it won't reconcile me with the band. This hard to even metal Spanish rock is not appealing to my ears. And believe me: I have desperately tried all of their records so far (which means a total of twelve albums). As usual, some very good guitar breaks are highlighting average songs and only therefore, I will rate this work with two stars. Nothing too important is featured on this album to be honest. Like during many other ones.

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 En Navidad by MEDINA AZAHARA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1995
3.18 | 3 ratings

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En Navidad
Medina Azahara Symphonic Prog

Review by NotAProghead
Special Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

3 stars Merry Christmas everybody!

As it follows from the title, ''En Navidad'' is MEDINA AZAHARA Christmas EP.

This short, only 10-minutes long EP, starts with ''Cantad Todos'' - a ballad with acoustic guitar. Then energetic rocker ''El Tamborilero'' makes contrast with the first track. Closing number is again a Christmas ballad, but more powerful than the opening song and with children's choir in the end.

Nothing outstanding, not a trace of prog here, but pleasant rock record with good guitar work (as usual) and distinctive voice of Manuel Martinez. ''En Navidad'' EP could also be of collectors' interest, because these songs can't be found on other MEDINA AZAHARA albums and compilations.

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