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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Accion Rock Band, Spain





Acción Rock Band - s/t. 1981 Universitas Editorial.

Another rarity sent in by The Alaskan Collection, that I was entirely unfamiliar with prior.

One of the great benefits to collecting progressive rock albums is the album covers themselves. Italy, Germany, England, The Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries all excelled at creating imaginative cover art in the 1970s. For my money, Spain is the best of them all. My favorite covers are by an artist called Puebla, who painted the Gotic "Escenes" album and the first two Vega albums. But the list goes on for wonderful Spanish covers: Medina Azahara, Mezquita, Bloque, Iceberg, Tabletom, Ibio, Granada, Iman Califato Indipendiente, etc... Each of the prior bands have at least one amazing cover, if not more than one. Acción Rock Band is clearly in the Hall of Fame amongst those.

Oh sorry, what was that? You were asking about the music? Ah yes, the music... of course! The music... Did I mention the album cover?

The Acción Rock Band is a fairly typical early 80s album that ranges from pop rock with synthesizers to a mundane hard rock sound. There's some nice riffing which also points to a proto-metal background. Overall the album reminds me of the non-classic, latter day albums by Medina Azahara, Ñu, Mezquita or any of the albums by Baron Rojo. So definitely not typical CDRWL fare, but worthy of inclusion due to heritage and album art. The AC offers these accurate insights "Musically, nothing too special. Melodic, mostly laid-back song oriented stuff with a few minor prog moves and a bunch of period synthesizer sounds to help give it some charm. But, get a load of that cover! In my opinion, this thing's right up there Metamorfosis, Jara, etc. The other somewhat interesting thing about this band is that they hailed from the province of Extremadura, which I believe is a somewhat obscure area of interior Spain, near the Portuguese border. Pretty far removed from all of the major scene activity in Spain. Also, it is a fairly rare LP. I think only around 100 or 200 were pressed."

Priority: none

3 comments:

satisfaccionlab said...

Hi, I'm reading your post about Accion Rock Band. They were from my Town, Badajoz, and Vega is from Extremadura too. I'm agree with your comments about the music, I think that they were not very special and the second track of the record it's simply horrible. But the problem is, if you don't know anything about Extremadura, why you call it obscure!! Do you think that this is obscure:

http://www.elgranjamon.es/noticias/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/extremadura1.jpg

http://www.ojodigital.com/foro/attachments/paisajes/3537d1176502351-garganta-de-la-olla-kdd-extremadura-07-2007_0407imagen0099.jpg

Please use Google before white about a country that you don't know!!!

satisfaccionlab said...

Hi, I'm reading your post about Accion Rock Band. They were from my Town, Badajoz, and Vega is from extremadura too. I'm agree with your comments about the music, I think that they were not very special and the lp's second track it's simply horrible. But the problem is, if you don't know anything about Extremadura, why you call it obscure!!

Please use Google before write about a country that you don't know!!!

Tom said...

Hi Satisfaccionlab,

You're referring to the Alaskan Connection's comment. He meant that from a music release perspective, not as a place of residence. And he's right - as I cannot think of one progressive rock band from Extremadura. If so, please state here. That's the point of our blog, is to bring to light rare albums from around the globe. We are not a travel website.

For myself, I've actually been to Extremadura region - and it's a beautiful place!

- Tom