Monday 2 December 2013
Mezquita - Recuerdos De Mi Tierra (1979)
The first of two albums from this Spanish band.
Mezquita has often been described as a prog rock version of Medina Azahara. Something I agree with. Recuerdos De Mi Tierra is a wild, untamed hard rocking, flamenco based prog rock album. The album can also be compared to the first Mahavishnu Orchestra albums too when it comes to intensity and musicianship. First rate musicianship all around.
Recuerdos De Mi Tierra delivers a healthy dosage of Spanish guitars, guitars, cello, violins, percussions, drums, bass and some keyboards. That and handclapping and very intense Spanish vocals. The end result is a mix of Spanish folk music, flamenco, hard rock, fusion and prog rock.
The musicianship is outstanding and the album is full of great, intriguing details which makes up for some good but not great songs here. The majority of the songs are great though and Recuerdos De Mi Tierra is easily one of the standard bearers of Spanish prog rock. It is a great album in other words and one I really enjoy.