Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Pan & Regaliz “Pan & Regaliz” 1971 Spain Psych Rock


Pan & Regaliz   “Pan & Regaliz” 1971 mega rare Spain Psych Rock
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I really like this only LP by the Spanish band Pan & Regaliz. The band mixes psychedelia with some early progressive rock and the result is a very solid album. The shorter songs are all impressive but especially I enjoy the long jam “Today It Is Raining”. All in all this record is a very satisfying totality from the start to the finish. 
That flute sounds very similar to Jethro Tull but Pan & Regaliz were more psychedelic than Tull ever was. And to be honest the flute is the only thing that sounds similar when I think about these two groups. It’s easy to recommend this Spanish classic for every psych/prog rock fan out there. This is not five stars album but these 4,5 stars are well deserved….by…CooperBolan …~


This album has really grown on me quickly, although, the first time I heard it, the lead singers voice was a bit irritating. He sounds a bit like a goat human cross, especially at the end of each lyric or sentence of the song, but, his weird voice really grew on me, I have never heard anything like it. The guitar work on this psych album is excellent, and the album is definitely more psychedelic rock and acid rock than prog rock. The band are from Spain, some people call them the Spanish Jethro Tull because of the flute playing from the weird vocalist, but that is as far as that comparison goes. An addictive ride, is Pan & Regaliz. I first heard about this album from the guy who is Four Tet, Kieran Hebdena, he really digs it, especially the track “I Can Fly” which is great, probably the best track of many good ones….by…catwomyn ….~



Sole album by this very early Spanish prog band contains some strongly Tull-inspired bluesy psyche rock. Quite nice to listen if one loves such stuff, but not that unique and original either. Highlight is certainly the highly psychedelic title track clocking for 9 minutes. For me it was good for a couple of spins, but after a while my interest was “flying” away as fast as the album title assumes. Without doubt this release is worth being acknowledged especially considering the difficult times it has been created in. Thus just for that reason I’m giving it an additional half star….by….hdfisch ….~



Vinilisssimo present a reissue of Pan & Regaliz’s self-titled album, originally released in 1971. This is the album any record collector would have at the top of his wants list when visiting Spain. No matter if you are into prog rock, psychedelia, leftfield jazz, kraut or just looking for interesting breaks and beats, this is the record you will need. But let’s face it, there are little chances of coming across an original copy of Pan & Regaliz’s only album; groundbreaking quality music did not sell well in early ‘70s Spain. Despite the late release date (1971), the album is often compared with the early Jethro Tull recordings and their distinctive flute work and experimental blues rock sound, but there is much more to it. One of the opening tracks, “Waiting In The Monsters Garden”, shows a strong psychedelic edge spiced with Eastern percussions and trippy vocals that anticipate the hazy wandering atmosphere of the entire LP (the superb “I Can Fly” could easily be confused with a West Coast acid jam and would definitely appeal to fans of The Doors). “Today It Is Raining”, the longest cut on the record, is one of the most unique passages on the album and features an amazing hypnotic rhythm background that is almost crying for someone to rap on top, no wonder it was sampled by hip hop producer Madlib after hyping it as one of his favorite psych records. Unfortunately the story of Pan & Regaliz did not last long and shortly after the release of their only album on Ekipo/Dimension the band broke up, merely one year after their very first single (signed as Agua de Regaliz) saw the light. Some of the members would join other bands from Barcelona like Evolution or Jarka while the remaining ones would struggle keeping the band active for one more year. Presented in facsimile gatefold sleeve and pressed on 180 gram vinyl….Forced Explosure…~


A reissue of one of the rarest psych/prog albums recorded by a Spanish band in the early seventies. A world class item featuring spaced vocals, effects, astonishing guitar work, flute… The Wah Wah edition respects the original gatefold sleeve and features extensive information on the band, plus nice photos, memorabilia and one rare bonus track from a single that was not included on the original 1971 LP…..~


The underground explosion of the late sixties and early seventies left really interesting records that, except for collectors, have not made history: Scattered Music, Storm, Smash … However, one of the most fascinating is the first and only LP Pan & Licorice, also known in its beginnings as Licorice Water: Guillem Paris, voice and flute, was its creative epicenter, a really cosmic type that was then compared without much foundation with Ian Anderson. It is true that there is something of Jethro Tull in the licorice boys, but also a lot of Pink Floyd and the school of expansive psychedelia. 

With fairly simple means, and singing in English - see how modern you are - Paris and company were able to mix vodevileros or country sounds with the long sound tracks of the progressive nascent in a really fascinating mix. The influences that can be evidenced are overlapped by the imagination and a certain innocence that make their debut and farewell homonymous in a disc that is really attractive to discover and unravel. 
Sadly, the band disintegrated soon and, before the difficulties to record alone, Paris was disappointed and decided to abandon the music….~



Often compared to early Jethro Tull due to its distinctive flute work and experimental blues rock sound, the only album by Pan y Regaliz (1971) reached way beyond that to become one of the true psych/prog masterpieces recorded in Spain. 
Amazing guitars, trippy vocals and hypnotic rhythms are some of the elements of this outstanding and much sought-after LP……~


Pan & Regaliz were part of the scene of the psychedelic progressive music of Barcelona in the 70s. In the song “Magic Colors” the voice and the flute float over the heavy beat of the guitar that with its changes of syncopated chords form a “ riff. ”
The band started in Gràcia as Els Mussols in 1967. It was a teenage group that played for the locals of the “Nova Canço” movement. In 1969 they changed the name to Agua de Liquoriz, which comes from a series of children’s books by Richmal Crompton. 
At the beginning of 1970, they recorded for the Als 4 Vents label of the Diábolo publishing house their first single Waiting in the Munster’s Garden / When You Are So Bringdown. Its sound at that time was reminiscent of the principles of Jethro Tull. 
In year 71 they have legal complications with Als 4 Vents and financial problems with their distributor, Movieplay. The band signs a new contract with Dimension subsidiary of the Ekipo label of Barcelona. The group wanted to change the name to Pan, but added Licorice so that people would recognize the origin of Licorice Water. 
The band at that time was formed by Guillém Paris voice, flute and harp; Alfons “Muiti” Bou guitar; Artur Domingo Bass and Pedro Van Eeckout on drums and percussion. Like Pan & Licorice, they released two singles: “Dead of Love / Thinking of Mary”, and “Magic Colors / A Song for the Friends”. 
In May of the 71, they entered the studio Gema by Miguel Casas in Barcelona to record a couple of songs from their LP and on May 22 they played at the Granollers open-air music festival. However, shortly after his first album “Pan & Liquorice”, Pedro Van Eeckout goes to the group “Jarka” with the keyboardist Jordi Sabatés, and Arturo Domingo goes to the group (German-Spanish) Evolution also from the label Dimension. Guillem Paris remakes the group under the name of “La Paca Ferocísima”. Later he recorded an album as a soloist that was rejected by his record label as too anticomercial…….~



Spain isn’t the first place you think of for psychedelic gems, and especially not during the Franco regime, but Pan & Regaliz pulled off such an album, in 1971, during Franco’s regime. This is not a name of a duo, but the name of a band, which consisted of bassist and vocalist Arturo Domingo, vocalist and guitarist Alfonso Bou, drummer Pedro Van Eeckhout, and vocalist and flautist Guillermo Paris. 

This album was thought of as sounding like Jethro Tull’s Stand Up under the influence of acid. Well, comparisons to Tull can be true to a point, but the flute work is absolutely nothing like Ian Anderson’s at all. Strange psychedelic sounds can be heard in the background to many of the songs. And while released in 1971, the music has a more late 1960s feel. 

Although from Spain, all the vocals are in English. Some of my favorites include “I Can Fly”, “One More Day”, “Today, It’s Raining”, “Waiting in the Monster’s Garden”, and “Thinking in Mary”. It’s a little difficult trying to describe the songs, because they are all more or less in the same mould. “Dead of Love” reminds me of Triana, a flamenco influenced prog band also from Spain that existed from the mid 1970s to early 1980s, except without the flamenco influences. 

The only song I can say I don’t care for is “A Song For the Friends”. It has too much of a 1930s cocktail lounge jazz style that totally clashes with the overall excellent psych sound of the album. 

A wonderful album that really took me be surprise. Also, this album is very rare and collectible, but if you can track down a copy, you too will be pleasantly surprised……..By ben miler…..~



When we think of “progressive” music made in Catalonia in the early '70s comes to mind people like Iceberg , Companya Electric Dharma , Music Urban , Secta Sonica , and other bands belonging to what was once the scene “ Laietana ”, formed around the Zeleste room . But a few years ago there were Catalan musicians and groups that preceded not only this scene close to jazz rock, but also all the progressive movement in Spain. People like Scattered Music , Om , Machine , etc … and of course, Pan & Licorice, that with strong influences of blues rock, psychedelia and jazz formed the musical vanguard of our country between 1969 and 1972. 
The origins of Pan & Regaliz go back to 1968, when an 18-year-old from Palma de Mallorca , Guillem Paris , in the neighborhood of Gracia in Barcelona the group Els Mussols , who already played versions of Cream , Jimi Hendrix , etc … A year later they are called Licorice Water and in their ranks are Guillem Paris (voice and flute ), Alfons Bou (guitar and voice), Artur Domingo(bass and voice) and Santiago Garcia “Jackie” (drums), who had recorded with Machine their first single. 
The music of this band calls the attention of Angel Fábregas , the creator, in 1967, of the label “Als 4 Vents”. Many of the members of the progressive Catalan bands of the '70s came from the folk scene ( Pau Riba , Sisa , the Batiste brothers , etc …), and some had belonged to the collective “Grup De Folk”, supported by Fábregas and his label . In 1969, this visionary created a subsello called Diaboloto begin to publish material of the new batch of musicians and groups that were leaving with desire to do new and different things, like for example Machine , Scattered Music , Vertice or the Andalusian Smash or New Times , and of course, Licorice Water . In the early 1970s, our protagonists enter the legendary studios Gema to record the first and only single for Diabolo , composed of two tracks, “Waiting In The Munster’s Garden” and “When You Are So Bringdown”. The first one has a hypnotic rhythm, very catchy, with a lot of percussion, with influences fromSantana , and a lot of flute. The second, also fantastic, offers a riff with air to Hendrix , and some influences of jazz, especially in the rhythmic base on which the guitar solo develops. 
Shortly after the publication of the single, which was not widely accepted, the band participated in the festival of L'Aliança Del Poble Nou and a few months later, in October 1970, at the First Permanent Festival of Progressive Music , organized by Oriol Regás in the Iris room . At the end of the year, “Jackie”, the drummer, had to join the ranks and left his place to Francesc “La Paca Ferocísima” (although the sameGuillem Paris has commented on occasion that at the October festival, Francesc was already with them as drummer), and this in turn to Peter Van Eeckhout . To make matters worse, the band has some differences with Angel Fabregas and not only leaves Diabolo , but also must change the name of the group, which belonged legally to Fabregas , for the Pan & Liquorice . Fortunately, they signed with Artur Mas , Dimensión , a subsidiary of Ekipo , and in 1971 they released their second single with the songs “Dead Of Love ”., of psychedelic airs and influences of bands like Cream or Love and of which I love the flute and the sound of the guitar, and the instrumental “Thinking Of Mary”, really beautiful, that reminds us of the first time of Jethro Tull , with a base with influences of blues and jazz, and a flute that although it may remind Ian Anderson , is actually very different, since Guillém Paris used a wooden flute instead of a transverse flute.
In May of 1971, after its participation in the well-known progressive festival of Granollers , the band publishes its unique long duration, titled simply “Pan & Liquorice”. Aside from the tracks of their first single, recorded again, “Waiting In The Munster’s Garden” (3'07) and “When You Are So Bringdown” (3'09), and of the two of the second, “Dead Of Love” “(3'07) and ” Thinking Of Mary “(3'24), the disc contains four more tracks: ” One More Day “(3'23), with many influences of Jethro Tull , ” A Song For The Friends “ (2'16), which looks like variety show music, in the style of some songs ofThe Kinks of the late '60s, "Today It’s Raining” (9'14), a true hallucinogenic trip, and “I Can Fly” (3'36), in a psychedelic wave, with dashes of the first Pink Floyd or The Doors . An album that did not collect too many elements of Catalan and Spanish culture, but that showed that there were musicians interested in moving forward, taking as reference the sound of English and American bands of the time. Unfortunately, this first glimpse of Catalan avant-garde almost came to an end in 1972, year in which, after several changes of training and incomplete recording sessions for which it had to be his second job, Pan & Licoricethey dissolved, although before it was published a new single that included the well-known “A Song For The Friends” and “Magic Colors”, a very catchy piece included as a bonus track in the album edition in Cd de Wah-Wah from 2003. 
In short, a pioneer disc of the national progressive movement that must still be discovered by many fans of the genre…..~




One of the earliest Spanish rock group to have released an album. THEY DID IT BECAUSE THEY DID NOT KNOW IT WAS POSSIBLE, says the booklet, and they got a good point. Although the Franco was on its last years, the dictator was still keeping a firm grip on the country, large overtures were being made for European tourism, to spend its money, the regime was not as incredibly tight as it once was, which meant that some of those rebel groups were able to release rock records by squeaking through the nets. Among the other early groups were SMASH (with Gualberto Garcia of Gualberto fame), OM (jazz-rock), MUSICA DISPERSA later SISA (folk-rock), MAQUINA (killer prog RnR) and TAPIMAN (with Max Sunyer, future ICEBERG). 
This band is Guillermo Paris’s project - these guys are from the suburbs of Barcelona and had been in part of a folk group Els Mussols, before changing their names to Aqua De Regaliz, under which they released some singles and again (along with drummer) just prior to recording their sole album again to Pan & Regaliz). The least we can say is that the group members loved JETHRO TULL’s debut album, This Was and somehow CREAM was not far from it either. The group has more than one link with cross-town rivals / friends MAQUINA, playing many gigs together, sharing members and even at first sharing the same label. But further changes (and bringing ex-Tapiman members) would soon have the best of P & R. 
I was absolutely taken by surprise by this album. Pan & Regaliz was a Spanish proto-prog / psych band that released this album, I Can Fly in 1971, smack during the Franco regime (I’ve seen some sources say the album is just entitled Pan y Regaliz). A band must have had really big balls to play music like this in Franco-era Spain, but it wouldn’t have been such a problem if this was Germany or Great Britain. I was expecting perhaps a “government approved” vibe throughout the whole album like I do with many of those communist-era Eastern European albums (from Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia, countries that had prog rock potential were it not for the governments). But that’s not what I got. What I got was top quality prog / psych with a great vibe that makes you think it came out of Great Britain or Germany. They hailed from Barcelona, home to Antoni Gaudi and Pablo Picasso. …..~






Credits 
Bass, Vocals – Arturo Domingo 
Drums, Percussion, Triangle – Pedro Van Eeckout 
Guitar, Vocals – Alfonso Bou 
Vocals, Flute, Jew’s Harp [Arpa De Boca] – G. Paris




















Tracklist 
A1 One More Day = Un Día Más 3:23 
A2 Waiting In The Monsters Garden = Esperando En El Jardin De Los Monstruos 3:07 
A3 Dead Of Love = Muerto De Amor 3:10 
A4 Thinking Of Mary = Pensando En Maria 3:24 
B1 A Song For The Friends = Una Canción Para Las Amigos 2:16 
B2 When You Bring Down = Cuando Estés Tan Abatido 3:09 
B3 Today It Is Raining = Está Lloviendo 9:14 
B4 I Can Fly = Puedo Volar 3:36 

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