Pan & Regaliz (Spain) - Pan & Regaliz, 1971 [2003, WAH-WAH Rec.]

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Pan & Regaliz (Spain) - Pan & Regaliz, 1971 [2003, WAH-WAH Rec.]

Сообщение автор fovit в Вт Май 05, 2009 10:07 pm


Artist: Pan & Regaliz
Album: Pan & Regaliz
Year: 1971
Style: Progressive Rock
Genre: Proto-prog
Format: FLAC (separate)+CUE+LOG+COVERS
Size: 282 MB
Source: my CD collection

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.


Line up:
Arturo Domingo - Bass, Voice
Alfonso Bou - Guitars, Voices
Pedro Van Eeckhout - drums, Percussion
Guillermo Paris - Vocals, Flute, Harmonica, Mouth Harp

Track listings:
1. One More Day (3:22)
2. Waiting In The Monsters Garden (3:08 )
3. Dead Of Love (3:05)
4. Thinking Of Mary (3:22)
5. A Song For The Friends (2:10)
6. When You Are So Bring Down (3:08 )
7. Today It Is Raining (3:06)
8. I Can Fly (9:09)

Bonus Track:
9. Magic Colors (2:35)

Total Time: 33:15

Release information:
LP Ekipo - Dimension 6002-VS
CD Wah Wah LPS 004 LP


If you're expecting any Spanish cultural references (like Triana, Ibio, Mezquita, etc.), you won't find it here. What you get is basically early prog that leans more on the psychedelic side (though recorded in 1971, it has a more late '60s sound to it), with surprisingly a strong hippie vibe. If no one told you they were from Spain, you could be easily fooled for perhaps certain British or German bands, as mentioned about their description up above. There are a lot of strange effects to go with the music that make me think a little of the Krautrock bands that existed at the time. The vocals are in English, but are surprisingly good! I have the CD-R in which the track listings are supposedly messed-up. I've heard the music being described as a like Jethro Tull's Stand Up under the influence of LSD. I can understand the LSD part, the Jethro Tull part, not so sure. Alfonso Bou's (I guess) vocals at times does remind me a bit of Ian Anderson at times. Certainly Guillermo Paris played flute, but certainly not in the style of Ian Anderson. The flute playing reminds me of the New York Jewish psych/prog band based in Germany called Sweet Smoke. Anyway, let's get with the music: many of the songs seem to have that repetitive nature, like "I Can Fly", "When You Bring Down" and "Today It is Raining", but in a good way. Some of the songs have more jazzy leanings, like "One More Day". A totally killer album, how did these guys do it under the Franco regime? Probably by sneaking it under his nose and made sure the government never found out. One song I can live without however is "A Song For the Friends". It's crap. It sounds like 1930s cocktail lounge music that should have been thrown in the trash. They should've used that space for another song like the rest. Forget "A Song for the Friends", because this is truly one of the great, but totally forgotten gems of prog / psych!

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