Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Nuevos Horizontes & Jose y Manuel (members of Solera)‎ “Telaraña"1975 Spain Psych Pop


Nuevos Horizontes & Jose y Manuel (members of Solera)‎ “Telaraña"1975 excellent  Spanish Psych Pop…recommended..!

One of the great unknown albums of Spanish pop….~

Nuevos Horizontes & Jose y Manuel "Mari” 1975 on dailymotion

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6o7ady

Nuevos Horizontes & Jose y Manuel “Cada Día Más” 1975 on dailymotion 

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6o78c2

Nuevos Horizontes & Jose y Manuel "My Sunshine" 1975 on dailymotion 

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6o7fap

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If CRAG or Vainica Doble are indisputable references of the Spanish pop-rock of the 70s, in the same way that ignominiously they are still being ignored outside the circles of connoisseurs and recalcitrant converts that seek much more than to scratch the surface of the obvious, this grandiose LP totally unknown even to many followers of the aforementioned combos is, in my opinion, a basic piece essential to understand the future of music that was brewing in our country at the dawn of democracy. 

Let’s say that the LP was the result of the merger of two groups of discreet success but great thrust, the well-known and solvent brothers Martín - who were already 50% of the legendary Solera, prelude to Cánovas, Rodrigo, Adolfo and Guzmán - and the mixed formation New Horizons, which had a great success with the song made in Vainica "The tuner of zithers”. The result was blinding and a step further than what had been given up to then both sets separately, marked by the inevitable heterogeneity of beautiful songs that came to light, among them has captivating “Barcelona”, of compositional style very similar to that of Paul Simon, dispense with the refrain and transfer all the force of the theme to the stanzas, in this case, an authentic ode that pays a great tribute to the Ciudad Condal, 

Dress of synthesizers and progressive rock in “I escaped an illusion”, country hippism and Moody Blues atmospheres coexist in a perfect symbiosis in another of the summits of the album, as well as in his younger partner “Mary”. The search of a hypothetical tuning with the language of Shakespeare we look for it in “My sunshine”, the most exportable song of the disc, so much to the West Coast of the USA as to the same Swinging London. There is no lack of space for the perfect pop songs like “You thought I was never going to fall in love”, which recalled the stage of José and Manuel as a duet for the naivety of their lyrics, something that is accentuated in “If we went back to see each other”. The harpsichord and resonances of the solemn “The disciple of Merlin” are evident in “Versailles Rococo” and “ 

To finish, the best compliment that can be done to "Telaraña” is that it can be paired without fear and with a deep respect with those immortal “Solera” and “Señora azul” to form the lost trilogy of the Spanish pop-rock of the 70s, a time unknown to many in relation to musical proposals that were not dominated by singers or groups of light pop aimed at singles. …by….beatlespock….~


“The inclusion of the album in international collecting guides, and of course the uniqueness of its sound, a kind of local sunshine pop with psychedelic edges of undeniable originality, has led to its rise to the first category of dreamed Hispanic delicatessen”

Nuevos Horizontes without the logistic support of the females (the songs of Vainica Doble and its female vocalist) plus José and Manuel after their separation from Solera, joined forces in the second part of their careers with this magnificent “Telaraña” that would be the only LP that they would sign together, going as usual in those hard years to total ostracism as soon as a record experience was overstretched. 

Indeed, after “Telaraña”, year 1975, the quintet would never be known again. However, the inclusion of the album in international collecting guides (the “Collector Dreams” by Hans Pokora, which unofficially happens to be a saint and sign in this world), and of course the uniqueness of its sound, a sort of local sunshine pop with psychedelic borders of undeniable originality, has promoted its rise to the first category of dreamed Hispanic delicatessen. And it is perfectly understood because his already proven vocal delicacies were joined by a wide instrumental display (flutes, all kinds of guitars and pedals, Mellotron, Moog, Hammond, violin, harpsichord …) and a remarkable compositional level still impregnated with Solera sound, democratically distributed among all the members of the quintet, and that reached excellence in moments like ‘You say you love me’, ‘Quizás, quizás’ or in what was one of the most dreamy songs of those years, ‘Se me escapó una ilusión’. The last added value came from the hand of the exquisite production Hispavox, by Tony Luz, whenever the great Rafael Trabucchelli had rejected it because of the special instrumental characteristics of the group, little given to his orchestral arrangements in the background, although he himself had was the one who produced the first single of the supergroup (which does not appear on the LP) with the songs 'Barcelona’ and ‘Creías que ya nunca me iba a enamorar’.

Finally, at the head of their other most desired objects would be their first singles with those exceptional songs of the Vainica expressly composed for them: ‘El afinador de cítaras’’ (Columbia, 1969), 50 Euros; ‘Mi mosca favorita’ (Columbia, 1969), 40 Euros, and 'Mi churumbel’ (Columbia, 1970) 40 Euros. Finally, the two LPs made by the duo José and Manuel, “Génesis” (Hispavox, 1970) and “Pronto amanecerá” (Hispavox, 1971), whose current quotation has grown considerably in recent years and which hardly change hands for less than 70-80 Euros….by…VICENTE FABUEL….~

José and Manuel had just left the project Solera and Nuevos Horizontes were in a trice to disappear after the girl of the group, Ana María, announced his abandonment of it. In this context, and advised by their common stamp, both formations meet to weave this “Telaraña” (Hispavox, 1974) under the name of  Nuevos Horizontes & José and Manuel. A frontier disc between folk and psychedelia, which does not renounce commerciality. The good voices of the five components, the rhythmic base of Nuevos Horizontes, José’s guitar and Manuel’s flute do an excellent job, today unjustly forgotten. 

“Barcelona” is a subject of agile voices and beautiful melody that narrates the desire to reach this city and its main tourist references. It was the song chosen for the edition of a single that preceded the edition of this LP. The flute stars in the introduction of “Creías que ya nunca me iba a enamorar”,, a theme certainly pachanguero , not without formal elegance, which reminds us of some songs of people like Formula V or The Steps . 

“Se me escapó una ilusión” has little to do with the previous two. A delicious ballad with forceful instrumentation and contributions of keyboards and flute that give it a bucolic aspect. Keeping a certain resemblance to her, we find “Quizás, quizás”. “Saltimbanquis” is a number of acoustic guitars, sung to several voices with punctual appearances of violin solos. It is not the best of an LP whose average level is very high. 

Introduction to a capella and short and background instrumentation for“Si volviéramos de nuevo a vernos”, , a theme in which Nuevos Horizontes, José and Manuel show off their vocal power. Excellent that “My sunshine” , sung in English in which the specters of Buffalo Springfield, Lovin 'Spoonful, Beach Boys and the greats of the American psychedelia appear to us. Solos sax, guitar riffs, distorted punctures, vocal display, rhythm in abundance … you just have to hear it. 

In the same line, but more cañí and with a touch of Vainica , we ran into “Versallesco Rococo”, a childish story that glosses baroque loves and the horns of a marquis. With “Dices que me quieres”, rhythmic self-assurance and commercial topics return. It is listened to with pleasure and the voices have something of old English bands like Searchers or the very Beatles. 

This album ends with “Cierra el balcón”, a theme perfectly comparable to progressive rock, with a Santanera guitar and an unwound flute. Very good end to one of those albums that one regrets that reaches the end. Recovery in CD format is urgent with its cover and original notes of this LP, among the best of the 70 that, due to the quality and variety of its themes, summarizes and brings together the different musical currents of the first half of the time in our country ….by Julián Molero…lafonoteca….~


Tracklist 
A1 Se Me Escapó Una Ilusión 4:35 
A2 Saltimbanquis 3:06 
A3 Si Volviéramos De Nuevo A Vernos 2:42 
A4 My Sunshine 5:11 
A5 Versallesco Rococó 2:38 
B1 Mari 2:53 
B2 Dices Que Me Quieres 3:01 
B3 Quizás, Quizás 3:20 
B4 Cada Día Más 2:45 
B5 Si Cierras El Balcón 4:34 

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