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4 stars Fortunately, I was able to get the Regal Zonophone (import) LP back in the 70's when this came out, because the domestic LP had surface noise and muddy sound. The sound quality on the Line label CD is quite good, BUT....for some strange reason (probably a problem with the master tapes) the last minute or so of Bulerias (track one, and the best song on the album) has been deleted. Once again, good thing I have the import LP! And, yes, there is a live document of these guys doing Bulerias. Back in the 70's, David Bowie was invited to host NBC's Midnight Special. In fact, he was given total creative control over the entire hour. There was a big flap over the fact that he slipped a female impersonator/transsexual/whatever actor in as "Master of Ceremonies", which didn't come to light until after the show aired (I'm pretty sure it was a live broadcast, or at least taped earlier that day). This explains why the show has been aired rarely since then; it was a huge embarrassment for NBC. Anyway, Carmen was good, but who knows how it actually sounded; I was watching on a tiny B & W set. Carmen's website has some photos of it. A great album by a great band; hopefully a CD re-issue will fix the aforementioned problem.
soundsweird | 4/5 |


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