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Friday, February 4, 2011

Magdalena, Spain-Basque

Magdalena - Lanean Sartzen. 1981 Iz.

OK, back to the original main list and my LP collection...

From my perspective, this is the Basque region's most progressive album. As many of us came to find out in the late 1980s and early 90s, the region had dozens of rock albums, mostly sung in the native Basque tongue. The majority of these Basque albums are folk based, and so because of that, many of them fell out of my scope. However, a few were exactly what I was looking for, like Haizea's second album, Lisker, and Sakre. But the best of them all is this little obscurity I picked up in the 1990s. While the melodies have a traditional folklore feel to them, the compositions are clearly rooted in complex progressive rock. Wonderful fuzz guitar and flute take the lead instrument chores, whereas the rhythm section keeps the whole thing hopping from one place to another. A very fine album. Comes with a nice fold out lyric insert. Watch out for bootlegs of this title.

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