Camaron de la Isla Con la Colaboracion Especial de Paco de Lucia - Al verte las flores lloran
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Audio CD, Import, October 17, 2005
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Digitally remastered edition of a classic album originally released in 1969 by the late, great Flamenco singer, one of ten he recorded in collaboration with guitarist Paco de Lucia. This is regarded as one of the diamond recordings in both of the artist's respective discographies and is treasured by many a Flamenco music fan. Includes a bonus booklet with photos, complete lyrics and updated text. The tracks feature Ramon de Algeciras on second guitar.
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However, their recording history, confusing enough even at the beginning, is now so complex that I think it worthwhile to include a short guide as to where the present album fits in.
They started recording together in 1969, when Paco was barely into his twenties and Camarón even younger; the collaboration revolutionised both their chosen fields, and changed the course of Flamenco forever.
Unbelievably, their first five records together were ALL excitingly entitled "El Camarón de la Isla con la colaboración especial de Paco de Lucía". For this reason, they are known to aficonados by the titles of their opening tracks, as follows:
1969 Al verte las flores lloran
1970 Cada vez que nos miramos
1971 Son tus ojos dos estrellas
1973 Caminito de Totana
They also recorded four further albums within the traditional framework, before abandoning it for the experiments with rock, bossa nova, orchestras etc. that resulted in the Flamenco Fusion we know today. These albums are:
1974 Soy Caminante
1975 Arte y Majestad
1976 Rosa María
1977 Castillo de Arena
All of the above adhere strictly to the traditional format, which is to say just voice and guitar, plus the usual rhythmic and other support known as jaleo. Frequently Paco's brother Ramón (a fine player in his own right) is heard on second guitar.
I am not alone in thinking that these albums are some of the finest Flamenco ever recorded; musically, you can't go wrong with any of them.
They are, however, short by CD standards. Only the present album is over 40 minutes, and "Castillo de Arena" is just over 31. But if you're serious about Flamenco, it's still worth getting all of them instead of the various anthologies.
The title track of the present album is a driving bulería, with Ramón on second guitar. The soleá and the siguiriya are alone enough to show that Camarón was a master of traditional material, before he started doing his own thing. Paco's accompaniments, the virtuosity always under strict control, are models of what such things should be.
I could go on, but you get the idea...
The contents are as follows:
01) Bulerías «Al verte las flores lloran»
02) Tientos «Que un toro bravo en du muerte»
03) Siguiriyas «Si acaso muero»
04) Fandangos «En una piedra me acosté»
05) Bulerías por soleá «Anda y no presumas más»
06) Tarantas «Camina y dime»
07) Tangos «Detras del tuyo se va»
08) Soleares «Y tu no me respondias»
09) Fandangos de Huelva «Llorando me lo pedía»
10) Bulerías «Una estrella chiquitita»
11) Fandangos «Con la varita en la mano»
12) Alegrías «Barrio de Santa María»
I also should say that I have an older copy of this album, which does not contain the complete lyrics advertised for this edition, but only the usual information provided on Spanish Philips CDs — i.e. nothing. Therefore, I can't comment on their completeness or accuracy.
*Canastera is in fact so labelled on some copies. Also, I'm noticing that some CD reissues have the more useful titles.