30 September 2007
PEDRO RUY-BLAS - DOLORES
Pedro Ruy-Blas and Dolores for Polydor Spain from 1976.
Flamenco meets jazz fusion on this monster from Spain.Don't be put off by visions of men with dodgy perms,gold medallions,hairy chests and twanging guitars warbling their way through the Manitas de Plata songbook with a red rose in their gob-this is a fucking bomb!
Check out "El Jaleo" and "La Ausencia" for some latin mayhem.The rest of the lp is great just give it a few listens as it's a real grower.
The band Dolores included Jorge Pardo on Flute and featured Pedro Ruy-Blas on vocals and percussion(he was also heard in full effect on Jayme Marquez's Vera Cruz) and originated in Spain.They produced three(?)albums which are all worth trying to track down this being the second I believe.An excellent best of retrospective was also issued in Japan on cd.
I remember the record dealer who traded as Casbah Records was always bigging them up in his lists about 15 years ago and was an authority on them.I don't know much more about them myself so if anyone out there has more information please leave it in the comments.
This lp has just got a vinyl reissue by Treasure Trove in London but it seems to be virtually sold out already-I've ripped it @320 from the reissue.It also got a reissue in Spain as a double cd set of all 3 albums which is now deleted.