Sunday, June 26, 2016

Joan Manuel Serrat - Mediterráneo (1971)

Spanish balladeer Joan Manuel Serrat's international breakthrough. Gently-picked acoustic guitars and Serrat's rich voice are at the center, with an ornate musical backdrop of, in addition to the standard pop/rock elements, sweeping strings, harpsichord, and ethereal backing vocals -- a small orchestra, essentially. For those well-versed in Serrat's corner of the musical world, this is probably akin to posting Blonde on Blonde or something, but I'm guessing that most of my readers, like me, are not.

Track listing:
1. Mediterráneo
2. Aquellas Pequenas Cosas
3. La Mujer Que Yo Quiero
4. Pueblo Blanco
5. Tío Alberto
6. Qué va a ser de ti
7. Lucía
8. Vagabundear
9. Barquito de Papel
10. Vencidos

PS I love you

You might also enjoy:
Richard Harris -
A Tramp Shining (1968)
Marcos Valle -
Marcos Valle (1974)


  1. Yep, I'm Spanish and here this is a well known all time classic, but I'm glad that you know it. Do you know Enrique Morente's "Omega"? It's a true masterpiece.

    Great blog, by the way.

    1. I have not heard that but I'll definitely check it out, thanks!

  2. Thanks to you. It's a pleasure to find here such openmindedness and a load of good music!

  3. Another classic, very different....."Veneno" (Poison) by the group Veneno.

    "It is a fusion album, in which many different styles are mixed. The majority of the critics speak mainly of which the disc is a mixture of rock, flamenco and blues, and although reason does not lack them; for me one of the most marked styles of all those who play is punk, not so much for the music itself (which does not move within the characteristic coordinates of the style), but above all for the way in which the disco, for its subversive lyrics and for the attitude it conveys to us.

    It was there, at the time I was going to be registered, when CBS accepted the suggestion to replace the cover so that no one would interpret the photograph as an apology for drugs. Not in vain, the LP had been recorded under the effects of narcotics as the photo censored and in industrial quantities. The recording is, precisely, another important part of the disc legend. After a first vacant day in which it was impossible to do anything for the transfer of people with sandwiches, lunch boxes, watermelons and up to half a kilo of hashish, producer Ricardo Pachón threatened to abandon the project. But he did not, and the next day he took the bull by the horns, vetoing the entrance to the studio to the entire cohort of accompanists of the band. Pachón left his stamp on the album not only with the production.

    He also added a few drops of LSD to the tea he gave the musicians to drink in the afternoon before starting work. "I have never seen higher productivity than lysergic acid," jokes Pachón in Dame Veneno. That same night the album was finished. An infinite LP of barely 36 minutes. A continuous party of rock, flamenco, surrealism and joy. "Veneno" (CBS, 1977), even at the risk of sounding a topic, is a before and after in the history of Spanish music."