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Spanish Dance Troupe Import

4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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1 x CD Album
UK 1999

1Hallway3:06
2Poodle Rockin'2:56
3She Lives On A Mountain2:27
4Drws1:11
5Over & Out2:43
6Don't You Worry0:58
7Faraway Eyes3:02
8The Fool1:27
9Hair Like Monkey Teeth Like Dog1:01
10Spanish Dance Troupe3:16
11Desolation Blues2:33
12Murder Ballad2:42
13Freckles3:13
14Christmas Eve1:50
15The Humming Song4:46

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As serious lovers of psychedelic pop music (traces of Brian Wilson, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Soft Machine, and the Chills are lurking), Gorky's Zygotic Mynci have always made albums that defy description. Spanish Dance Troupe is their most subdued album to date, perhaps a reflection of their somber Welsh roots or the difficulties the band has faced jumping from label to label. The wear and tear, however, hasn't affected the underlying ebullience. "She Lives on a Mountain" could be their homage to fellow Welshman ex-Velvet Underground member John Cale, as it resembles his moody ballads (circa Paris 1919) but worked over with a carnivalesque arrangement. "Faraway Eyes" uses pedal steel and sawing fiddles, unexpectedly, since the melody is closer to Britpop than down-home country. "Hair Like Monkey Teeth Like Dog" recalls the band's now nearly neglected overtly experimental side. Serious fun for pop scholars awaits. --Rob O'Connor
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 31, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: November 2, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00001P4T1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,356 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This CD has absolutely nothing to do with any current trend in rock and roll music. For the most part it sounds as though it came from some alternate universe where Canterbury rock (early Soft Machine, Caravan, Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, Gong) never died out. GZM is compared to Zappa by many critics, but that comparison is inaccurate; they're straight out of Ye Olde Canterbury School of Prog Rock, only their songs are shorter. Even on the relatively straightforward "Poodle Rockin'" (which sounds something like early Roxy Music) they manage to insert a Robert Wyatt-esque dog-howl intro. You see? I have to go back twenty years just to find analogues for this band's sound. Not that they're retro; no slavish Beatles imitations a la Oasis. Tremendously melodic, sometimes with two or three melodies within a song, each one a melody that a lesser band would die for; expert musicianship that is never too showy; and insightful yet peculiar lyrics - all this goes in to making up the indescribable package that is "Spanish Dance Troupe." You really need to have this. No, REALLY.
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GZM's new album wins the title for best hangover music of the year. It is a soothing, refreshing, melodic and surreal work of art. The lyrics are always silly and often sappy, but somehow Euros Childs and co. skillfully manage to pull it off. GZM are masters of weaving a perfect blend of melody and off-beat sensibility. In the age of Limp Bizkit and Britney Spears,this music is as real as it gets. I am from Central America, miles away from Wales, and yet I feel right at home listening to GZM's warm, textured, beautifully executed music. If you like Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, Olivia Tremor Control,or Pink Floyd's Obscured by Clouds, try this out!
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By A Customer on December 12, 1999
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Wales, gentle,tranquil,full of sheep, it is to be honest a pretty dull place! So why is it that in both Super Furry Animals and Anglseys own Gorks Zygotic Mynci they have two of the most psychadelic and imaginative bands around. Spanish dance troop, Gorkys 6th album, sees them recover from their major label fiasco and return to form in a big way. All the songs here are beautifully arranged, produced and played and are sung in a way that will break your heart. A good Gorkys song should sound like an acid induced nursery rhyme, this is best illustrated in the title track spanish dance troop, Sample lyric "My conclusion this summer was there was much to much rain, so I ran of on thursday with a dance troop from spain". Whilst all the songs contain deliceously off Kilter lyrics they are often found hideing an inner turmoil or pain, but this is more a post script rather than the main theme, so the album never sounds heavy or depressed, just strums along with a country tinged backing. In spanish dance troop Gorkys Zygotic Mynci have managed to produce what they have always threatend to produced, a wonderfull album, the weirdness is kept in check (to a degree!)and you should own this album and be very greatful for its exsistence. Acid fried country and western, it could just work you know!
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By A Customer on January 24, 2001
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Okay, you can go read a "real review" at another site. I just want to tell you that this record brings a smile to my face each time I hear it. This album is earthy, quirky, fun and off-balance. I am glad I found it (thanks to a amazon.com customers list, thank you). I like weird music, but not when it is hard to listen to and enjoy as music for music's sake. This album is a pure pleasure.
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I found this band somewhere online. Not sure if it was from a blog or other recommendation, but I have to say that when I first heard the name I had no idea what to expect. The songwriting on this album sounds great to me, as a musician. I think its a bit too weird for the average person to enjoy, but its not avant-garde in any way. These guys can plonk down completely solid pop songs hidden in a veil of strange instrumentation and oddball lyrics. But even these are deceptive. Take the song "Desolation Blues," which I was just in the middle of learning. The opening lines say "he's got the desolation blues/here they come again/tried to sell them even set up a stand," which I think is just hilarious. But true to the song theme, the chorus lyrics say "where does he go nobody knows/when the stars they start to shine/writing his songs held so dear/that no one wants to hear," the belies the songwriter's inner feelings of isolation and depression, just put more eloquently. If you appreciate great songwriting and rock music you should really pick this up.
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