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This is R-A-W & hard core Flamenco guitar without much, if any, other vocal or instrumental accompaniment. I guess, the title says it all.
The masters can sure "pick'em".
I am warming up to it......slowly ;-).
I listened to other flamenco guitar performances, but not until I listened to this CD several times did I fall in love with the flamenco guitar.
Something I noticed, though, (which is not Amazon's fault, I think) but must be the record company's, is that the Sabicas tracks are probably mislabeled. Based on my understanding of the flamenco forms, the 'compases', the tracks are probably shown out of order. Listening to the pieces, the first track is an alegria, the second a buleria, the third a farruca, the fourth a zapateado (and I have a DVD where Sabicas is playing this and it is labeled as being a zapateado), and the fifth a taranta, so actual ordering of the tracks should probably read:
Alegrias 'Salero Gaditano' - Sabicas
Bulerias 'Con Un Clavel' - Sabicas
Farruca 'El Albacin' - Sabicas
Zapateado - Sabicas
Taranta 'Camino De Linares' - Sabicas
I think the ordering for the non-Sabicas tracks is okay.
I think this CD is easy to listen to, even if you're not a flamencologist or aficionado. The cante (singing) which can be hard to listen to if you're not into flamenco, is palatable even to the casual listener.
I think it is important to patronize the arts to keep them alive, so I recommend purchasing this CD. In fact, at $9.18 I might even purchase a 2nd CD as a back-up. Thank you, Amazon, for carrying this CD.
Note that Manolo de Huelva's tracks include palmas (clapping) and singing. Hard-core flamenco straight from Andalucia.
If I were to pick five tracks as my entire collection of Sabicas to have on a desert island, would I have picked these same five? Probably not, but I would have included #1 and #4. For more Sabicas try Flamenco On Fire and The Greatest Flamenco Guitarist.
But Melchor de Marchena! God rest His soul. I wish there were more recordings; I have played these precious five tracks a million times. How could such rambunctious talent die? Un saludo, Maestro!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
there's variety, It sets the mood in the pub mostly. I liked it.Published 3 months ago by Tyler Ruff
Fabulous classical guitar. Very good orchestra accompaniment.Published 11 months ago by Night Dreamer
This is a lovely item, full of liveliness, flamboyance and above all precision. Every note, however fleeting, is precise, clear, just right. Read morePublished 12 months ago by James Kenney
All of the players are excellent guitarists . . . good selection of flamenco pieces, all of them a bit different from the others.Published on May 27, 2013 by Allen J
Not as good a sound quality as I expected. The music is unimpressive in variety. It sounds like artists showing their skills not making music.Published on January 7, 2013 by dtex