Fandango Nights

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The oft heard complaint that there's no originality in today's instrumental music gets a hearty challenge from violinist Willie Royal and acoustic guitarist Wolfgang Fink, collectively known to the world beat audience as Willie and Lobo. The duo base their hypnotic, Corona sipping, Puerto Vallarta bar based sound on various rhythmic elements, including ideas from traditional flamenco, and even classical improvisations. Their sophomore effort, Fandango Nights picks up where their debut left off, with Royal taking his strings to new romantic and percussive heights as Fink lays a Strunz & Farah like groove. The spiciest cuts offer rollicking swings and hints of rock ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The oft heard complaint that there's no originality in today's instrumental music gets a hearty challenge from violinist Willie Royal and acoustic guitarist Wolfgang Fink, collectively known to the world beat audience as Willie and Lobo. The duo base their hypnotic, Corona sipping, Puerto Vallarta bar based sound on various rhythmic elements, including ideas from traditional flamenco, and even classical improvisations. Their sophomore effort, Fandango Nights picks up where their debut left off, with Royal taking his strings to new romantic and percussive heights as Fink lays a Strunz & Farah like groove. The spiciest cuts offer rollicking swings and hints of rock and jazz check out co-producer Rick Braun's trumpet on the title track. There's even a fascinating take on an Irish jig. But on the downside there seems to be too much jaunty experimentation "Sweet Meanderings" is right and attempts to be compositionally meaningful read: dry balladry. With mostly sparse production, 14 cuts seems to be pushing it. Fuller and tighter might take this phenomenally unique pair to even greater heights.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/1994
  • Label: Mesa / Bluemoon
  • UPC: 081227907921
  • Catalog Number: 79079
  • Sales rank: 108,099

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fandango Nights (4:19)
  2. 2 Sweet Meandering (4:14)
  3. 3 Om Khalsoum (5:37)
  4. 4 Bahia de Banderas (4:02)
  5. 5 Andale (4:38)
  6. 6 Prelude to Pablo (0:42)
  7. 7 Pablo (4:37)
  8. 8 Rockin' Gypsies (5:55)
  9. 9 Plight of the Whales (5:14)
  10. 10 Lorena Triste (5:42)
  11. 11 A Dozen Camels (6:27)
  12. 12 Black Fire (4:03)
  13. 13 Midnight Dream (5:42)
  14. 14 Royal Reel (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie & Lobo Primary Artist
Steve Kujala Soprano Saxophone
Jeff Golub Guitar
Brad Dutz Percussion, finger cymbals
Rick Braun Bass, Trumpet, Keyboards
Rich Eames Piano
Bob Feldman Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar
Wolfgang Fink Guitar, Hand Clapping, Flamenco Guitar
Suzie Kattayama Cello
George Nauful Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Willie Royal Guitar, Violin, Hand Clapping
Efrain Toro Percussion, Drums, Tabla
Suzie Katayama Cello
Technical Credits
Rick Braun Producer
Wolfgang Fink Arranger
Steve Hall Mastering
George Nauful Producer, Executive Producer
Willie Royal Arranger
Jim Snowden Executive Producer
Michelle Laurencot Art Direction
Daniel Nevins Art Direction
Eddie King Engineer
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