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2 stars Have spent several years searching for this rare album, I even asked a friend who lives in Madrid to search for it, but it was futile, it's pretty rare even in Spain, so I left the search hoping that one day I would find it in a casual way. A couple weeks ago went to visit some friends from the radio and mentioned it as a lost cause, the owner of the house (former DJ) went to his room and returned with a vinyl copy of ABEDUL and gave it to me as a gift, not before telling me that if I expected something remotely as good as TRIANA, I would be disappointed.

Returned to my house a bit late, so went to sleep and next morning placed the album, even when I was not expecting something in the style or with the quality of TRIANA, was totally disappointed, the album is some sort of fusion between light Electronic, Disco Music (remember that the album was released in 1979) and Hard Rock with a slight touch of Symphonic.

I always imagined myself writing a long review of the album, but it's useless, I don't know where to start, even when I'm sure I can't write a very detailed review as I usually do (being that there are very little details to mention), still it's hard to find a decent song, the album is very poor and I don't understand why it was added and how I managed to write a biography a couple years ago.

The opener "Flash" is somehow close to Prog, they start with an electronic intro that reminds of Dark Side of the Moon, but as they get speed and the drums join, it sounds more like a PINK FLOYD Mix done for "Studio 54" back in 1980. The keyboards are pure Disco, the drums keep the dance rhythm, in other words, after a promising introduction it's time to get your white suit and black shirt.

But about the middle it gets better, because José L. Perez knows how to rock with the guitar and Albert Aranega begins to play the keys in a style that resembles the lighter side of ALAN PRSONS PROJECT.

"Ultimos Momentos" is worst, because when the vocals are added it sounds like bland Disco, so won't waste the time of the readers. "Walking" is not Prog, but at least is good Rock, I can't believe they have the same keyboardist, because the guy really adds a lot of class with the Hammond, when they reach the middle, they start to jump from Disco to Hard Rock, a decent track.

"Sobre Fuego" starts with a keyboard intro "A la Emerson" but when the clapping and drums join, they start to play some sort of light Rock with little interest, not bad but anodyne. The next track is "The Monster and the Butterfly", from the start we have a problem, Narcis Baiges accent is simply a disaster, the music is not bad, a soft but a non transcendental ballad with a few changes and a funky side.

"Impresión" is supposed to be the strongest song, but not much to talk about either, starts between spacey and Ambient oriented, but soon the sound changes to some sort of soft Latin Jazz with more Ambient interruptions (Even bird's chirping), the vocals are horrendous and each time they gain speed, the sound gets closer to Disco, as the following track "Renacer de la Aurora".

Well at least the closer "84 HDG" is a decent Prog track with interesting keyboard and drums, very pompous, but after the light POP I heard before it's a relief, not enough to save the album but at least rises my rating to 2 stars.

It's a pity that this band so promoted doesn't remotely reach the level of so many outstanding Spanish bands like TRIANA, MEDINA AZAHARA or ALAMEDA, but that's not the reason of the low rating, I gave two stars because the sound not only is not Prog mainly, but mostly unimaginative mainstream (There's excellent mainstream music, but this is not the case).

Ivan_Melgar_M | 2/5 |


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