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Rodrigo y Gabriela (with Bonus DVD)

Rodrigo y GabrielaAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 28, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: November 28, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ATO Records
  • ASIN: B000HKDEE2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,089 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tamacu
2. Diablo Rojo
3. Vikingman
4. Satori
5. Ixtapa
6. Stairway To Heaven
7. Orion
8. Juan Loco
9. PPA

Editorial Reviews


How did two Mexican-born heavy-metal enthusiasts end up at the top of the Irish charts? The story begins back in their homeland, where Rodrigo Sanchez (lead guitar) and Gabriela Quintero (rhythm and guitar-top hand percussion) met as teenagers. Following years of fruitless struggle, they settled in Dublin, working as street entertainers, eventually wandering as far afield as Denmark and Spain. But over time, their virtuoso duo-guitar instrumentals garnered them a following, which in turn led to indoor engagements where they no longer had to freeze their hands off. And no wonder -- their eruptive mixture of Central and South American folkways, with its propulsive rock rhythms, plus grooves reminiscent of The Gipsy Kings' crowd-pleasing Catalan rumbas, is incredibly infectious. Yes, their frisky yet spot-on covers of "Stairway To Heaven" and "Orion" may goad some listeners into purchasing the album, but believe it or not, the original tunes are even more mesmerizing. "Ixapa," in which the pair are joined by noted Hungarian Roma (Gypsy) fiddler Roby Lakatos, has a wicked, pan-European swing, while the impossibly fleet "Juan Loco" should delight all comers -- once they catch their collective breaths! Produced by John Leckie (Radiohead, The Stone Roses, Muse), the USA release includes a DVD containing interviews, live performances and other extras. --Christina Roden

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The sleeve photo of a crocodile's eye with a faint image of Rodrigo and Gabriela superimposed, suits the artists' desire for something which didn't shout "Mexican guitarists" or "Couples." "It reminded us of Tamacun, the famous Mexican eccentric who is in Ixtapa where we lived for a while".

Tamacun -"Tamacun's message is to teach kids to respect nature." He handles crocodiles, and tourists come to photograph him.

Diablo Rojo - Inspired by a wild rollercoaster called 'Red Devil' at a theme park in Copenhagen, Denmark. Three rides in a row, each.

Viking Man - Another Danish inspired piece. The Viking Man was a homeless guy who encouraged Rod & Gab to tough it out on the streets, busking in minus zero conditions at Christmastime. John Leckie adds radio static.

Satori - Experiencing self doubt shortly after arriving in Ireland, Rodrigo y Gabriela were at a low ebb. No money, poor English and a deep sense of uncertainty. Only an unshakeable faith in perseverance kept them going. Satori describes the Zen - like moment of enlightenment they felt when they came through the storm.

Ixtapa - "Ixtapa is a very beautiful, very Mexican town." Roby Lakatos' wildly soaring violin solo is a perfect counterpoint to the melodic and percussive guitars.

Stairway to Heaven - "Ixtapa was our very own Stairway to Heaven!" Rod & Gab's take was initially inspired by Stanley Jordan's interpretation of the Led Zep warhorse. Growing from snippets in their live show, their unique version is at once both respectful and innovative.

Orion - This epic reworking of the Metallica song is the second time Rodrigo y Gabriela have covered Messrs Hetfield, Ulrich & Co: "A tribute to the style of music we love, it's what kept us playing the guitar through all those Spinal Tap years"

Juan Loco - The first attempt at recording this album in Mexico in Summer 2005 resulted in three weeks of sunbathing, beer drinking and power cuts. Enter Mr John Leckie, legendary producer of Radiohead, The Stone Roses and Muse, to name but a few; to midwife Rod & Gab's musical vision into what you hear today. 'Juan Loco' ('Mad John') is their Mexican nickname for Mr Leckie.

PPA - "The first P of PPA stands for Pinche, a Mexican term meaning f**king asshole. This is for all the people in the music business who think they know what's going on but actually don't have a clue".

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this. Seriously. Buy this. March 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Its difficult to describe what Rodrigo y Gabriela can do with a pair of guitars, the best thing to do is to click on the crocodile's eye at [...] to see for yourself.

Don't think that this is flowery, fluffy flamenco guitar music, its not. If you like rock, you'll love this. The opening two tracks ("Tamacun" and "Diablo Rojo") are the highlights in an album of standout tracks. Tremendous.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I sat back in my chair and closed my eyes October 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I learned about this pair when my local radio station (KFOG) started playing Tamacun, and I found myself turning up the volume every time the song came on. Just love it.

So, the album has eight other songs, and - behold - they all stand up. Each one is interesting, passionate, energetic, and unique. In all, a great album, one I plan on listening to until the disc turns to dust.

Now, this ablum comes with a DVD that shows Rod & Gab playing, and even has a "tutorial," where they explain how they play Tamacun in excrutiating detail. It's fascinating, and after watching, I felt admiration at their mastery of their instruments, but that's not all that goes into the music. The songs are lyrical, even without lyrics, and I am in awe of their skill and art.

In short, this is a terrific album that defies definition.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album! A definite MUST HAVE! July 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is a truly amazing album. Rodrigo y Gabriela create the perfect blend of spanish/latin/jazz/rock. I don't think it's physically possible to listen to Diablo Rojo without tapping your foot. Do yourself a favour and buy this album. Don't believe me? Listen to some samples on their website.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guitar Duo October 11, 2006
By ebg
Format:Audio CD
This is a fabulous, very high energy, instrumental album. Rodrigo and Gabriela combine their metal roots with latin melodies, and use the guitar as a percussion instrument in a way I've never seen before. See them live if you can. They grew up in Mexico city trying to make it playing in a metal band, and are now living in Ireland with this album that hit the top of the Irish music charts.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW -- this is Fantastic! October 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My wife and I were driving to a friend's when the local rock station played the first cut "Tamacun" and we decided it was amazing and decided to pre-order it. I am thrilled ... listening to it for the first time, I'm over halfway through and there's not a bad piece in the bunch. Absolutely incredible work, and well worth the price.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! December 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you like acoustic guitar music, you will love this! Don't think. Just buy it. (Caveat: I haven't seen the DVD.)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exceptional October 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Once in a blue moon an album comes along that is authentic, beautiful, and overflowing with style and talent - alas, Rodrigo y Gabriela! They interweave flamenco, metal and other latin influences to create something that is vibrant and complete. It will fulfill your soul.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiery Fingers December 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I just purchased this cd and it is amazing! I can't think of any Nouveau Flamenco artists who play with more passion at this time. If you have cardiac problems, then beware when listening because their fiery rhythms will have your feet moving and blood pressure elevated before you know what's happening. Fortunately, there are also beautifully quiet moments for recovery. This is music one can celebrate with. More Rodrigo y Gabriela, more!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Music review
I'm a fan. Can not say anything negative about these two. I played during a dinner party everyone was asking who they where.
Published 9 days ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Super great talent. Enjoyable to listen to. Will buy more of their albums. Would love t hear them play live.
Published 15 days ago by Susan C Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is awesome.
I have to travel a lot for work and this is the perfect driving music. I can just have the album repeat over and over. Gets me through the day. Read more
Published 24 days ago by J.K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This is my favorite Rodrigo and Gabriela album. One of my favorite albums period. Sounds great on vinyl. Good quality
Published 1 month ago by K
5.0 out of 5 stars Music
I went to live concert and fell in love with the brother and sister. She is something else, so gifted. Truly talented. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ellen Stein
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing
If you're a fan of actual music with guitars you're gonna love this. Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Spanish Guitars, completely Brilliant!
Published 1 month ago by P. NAPORA
5.0 out of 5 stars They are awesome!
So worth the money, and they are so talented as artists. I am going to purchase all there cd's for my collection.
Published 2 months ago by janice
5.0 out of 5 stars guitar extraordinaire!!!
We loved this cd!! This duo is well worth the money. The music is unique and somewhat tribal.I love the simplicity of the performers.
Published 2 months ago by Sherida Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
Absolutely wonderful! This is a very fast-paced CD with great artistry for those who love guitars. We have one other CD by these two and love both - although there are many cross... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kristin Hackl
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album!
I love me some Rod and Gabby. I have seen them in concert and truly are an amazing pair of guitarists. I am happy that they represent the latinos. Read more
Published 2 months ago by BuyerWarrior
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