Spain's Camarón de la Isla put the duende -- the deep, desperate spirit that drives the music -- in flamenco like no other before him. His fervent, agonized singing stunned audiences from the 1960s through the '80s until his tragically premature death at the age of 41 and inspired a whole Camaronista school of aesthetics still followed by many male and female performers. His collaborations with maestro Paco de Lucia and the younger Tomatito reenergized the ailing tradition, instilling a dangerous rock 'n' roll intensity in flamenco that was only abetted by Camarón's pedal-to-the-metal lifestyle. Legends tell how the singer would only begin a show once he'd already drank to the point of vomiting. This installment in the Legends of Flamenco series presents the cream of an electrifying concert given by Camarón, fellow singer El Turronero and guitarist Antonio Arenas in Barcelona in 1971, and it's a fine introduction to the fire of Camarón. His keening voice on the folk bulería "No Siento en el Mundo Mas" could squeeze blood from a stone, while the ecstatic thump of feet on the stage floor puts the rumba gitana in "Como Tengo Voz Sonora." The solo instrumental "Granainas" shines a bright spotlight on the subtleties and dynamism of Arenas's more introspective guitar playing. But "Los Siete Sabios de Grecia" ("The Seven Greek Wise Men") is one of the most gripping cuts of all, with Camaron howling like a Gypsy wolf at the moon and some furious palmas (staccato group handclapping) and cries of Olé! throwing fuel on the fire. Just as no Cuban music collection can be complete without Beny Moré, this legendary singer holds an essential place in the heart and soul of flamenco.
Legends of Flamenco Series 5 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest hits album that Camaron had, every single song is so enjoyable. This singer always had the reputation in singing with deep feelings that was easy to transpass to his audience.