Sunday, 8 July 2018

Mediterraneo “Estrechas Calles De Santa Cruz” 1978 very rare debut LP + “Tabarca” 1979 second album Spain Prog, Symphonic, Pop Rock


Mediterraneo “Estrechas Calles De Santa Cruz” 1978 very rare debut LP + “Tabarca” 1979 second album Spain Prog, Symphonic, Pop Rock

Mediterraneo “Estrechas Calles De Santa Cruz” 1978 very rare album 
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Mediterraneo "Estrechas Calles De Santa Cruz” 1978 very rare album

Recordings made on March 13 and 14, 1978 at Musigrama studios in Madrid, and shortly afterwards edited by the Alicante label Aphrodita, which represent the first album from the Mediterranean and the only one by Pepe Rey, one of the main promoters of the band , I would perform with them. 

The Mediterraneo is here pointing to the prevailing, at that time, progressive music, with a vision of that progressivism not exempt from calls to pop . Except for the last one, all the songs are signed by the guitar soloist Pedro Giménez. The song that titled the album, full of elegance, opens with a classical piano, answered by a subtle guitar, setting between them a soft instrumental melody, to which after two long minutes of instrumental dawns the voice almost joins in a whisper of Victor. Outstanding guitars and a vocal part very well worked and loaded with sound nuances used as an instrument. The second theme, which uses the name of the group itself, is the most Mediterranean, and it is not redundant. Jazz touchesand again a guitar loaded with elegance let glimpse the path they will follow in their next LP. 

“En Mi” and “Mandragora”, the two longest and heaviest songs on the album, teach us a clearly pop rock face . In the first of them we must highlight the solo role of the guitar well accompanied by a piano to setback. In the second, a jumping bass leads a song full of joy, very well sung, by the way. The fifth and final theme is the typical instrumental download, more or less improvised, to which the progressive rock bands had accustomed us . Its twelve and a half minutes weigh like lead and not even the solo guitar, drum and keyboard plots, nor synthesizer waves take away the sensation of a rock that distils a subject that, in my opinion, detracts from the previous four….by Julián Molero..la fonoteca….~

Spanish small group that emerged in Alicante in the late ‘70s. The band Mediterráneo released two albums at that time, being the only geared to progressive rock, especially the first one post here. 
The debut “Estrechas calles de Santa Cruz”, 1978, brings only 5 tracks of progressive rock, with slight influences of fusion. The instrument is working well and most of the calm weather, following the symphonic line, highlighting good keyboard solos (especially moog) and guitar. The lyrics are in Spanish, for the tracks, the best are first and last one. Nothing extraordinary, but a pearl recommended for fans of prog rock…..~

Mediterráneo was a group from Alicante (Spain) that published 5 albums and a few Eps. The first of his albums (Estrechas Calles de Santa Cruz) is clearly in symphonic movement of the seventies, with quiet songs, with influences of “jazz” like most Spanish groups of the time. His best work undoubtedly was Tabarca, album whose publication on the sister website, Pieldtoro, will be immediate execution. 

And with nothing else to remind you that this album was downloaded from the spanishprogressiverock blog, and later uploaded by me of course; since it is impossible to find this album in any store, only in some auction and in vinyl since in cd neither this nor Tabarca have been published. The bitrate is 160 kbps because there is no download in any place, nor as I said its acquisition in any establishment selling music. Essential of course….~

Line-up: 
Alfonso Linares — drums 
Pepito Rey — guitars 
Juan Guijarro — bass 
Santiago Gimenez — guitars 
Victor Carratala — vocals

Tracklist 
Super S 
Estrechas Calles De Santa Cruz 9:07 
Mediterraneo 5:12 
En Mi 3:52 
Super-Sing. 
Mandragora 5:10 
Rollo Atomico 12:37









Mediterraneo “Tabarca"1979

Sounds of sea, birds and piano scales open this very good LP that will be the letter of presentation at the national level of the group. If the previous work took its name from an old Alicante neighborhood, it is now the small island of Tabarca, off the coast of Alicante, which serves as Leitmotiv. 

Silk in the voice, measured accompaniment and many-carat guitar ornaments make up the song "Tabarca” , a delicious progressive ballad full of sound suggestions and which is, at the outset, a declaration of intentions on the part of the group. A song that is left over a minute and that, despite its undoubted quality, becomes somewhat repetitive. 

You can see the internal struggle that the group had with itself, struggling between pop postulates and progressive developments that extended topics like this, until they faded somewhat based on changes in rhythm and prolonged solos. “No, no, no” , instead, it is dispatched in three minutes based on a salsa rhythm loaded with percussion and a commercial lyrics that criticizes, paradoxically, commercial music. In single format it obtained a certain success and became the Mediterranean presentation letter in the national panorama. It sounded and a lot for the stations and got into the sales lists. 

Something similar can be said of “Wedding night” in which the sharp sonidillo of the seventies synthesizer stands out as the protagonist of this rhythmic instrumental. Also instrumental, this time between the progressive rock and the batucada is “Arco Iris”, in which Gino, the newly incorporated percussionist of the group, looks great. A little bit of funky gas for “Auto de marcha” in which again we see a profusion of percussion, solo guitar and movidillo rhythm, although with much less grace than the previous theme. With “Nothing new” we return to popmachacón with feminine coritos and composition cut with the same scissors of, for example, Tequila . It honors its title and contributes little to this good album. 

“Myopia” returns to repeat the use of the entrance in false ballad to shoot in a clear time of rock with a resultón riff of the keyboard . An interesting theme with a definite accompaniment of the group’s music and a somewhat shrill singer. The LP is closed with another geographical name from Alicante: “Altea” , another number of instrumental preponderance with a complex rhythmic base. 

A record this “Tabarca” (Chapa, 1979) that will be obscured by the single “No, no, no” , which in the end will be the only one that would reach an audience that was missing a bunch of high quality songs that went almost unnoticed. All in all, he achieved the minimum goal of sounding the Mediterranean throughout Spain and turning it into the most important bet from a strictly commercial point of view of the Chapa seal, by Mariscal Romero . If only I had to recommend an album of the six that left this group recorded, it would be this without a doubt….by Julián Molero…fonoteca…~

Tracklist 
Tabarca 10:11 
No, No, No 3:49 
Auto De La Marcha 3:29 
Noche De Boda 3:20 
Arco Iris 4:11 
Nada Nuevo 4:13 
Miopia 5:02 
Altea 4:14 






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