Jordi Sabates - Ocells del Mes Enlla. 1975 Spain

Jordi Sabates - Ocells Del Més Enllà. 1975 Edigsa/Zeleste

CD reissues: 2000 PDI; 2009 Picap

LP reissue: 2003 Guerssen/PDI

Ocells Del Més Enllà is a Flamenco fusion style of progressive rock, with namesake Jordi Sabates on keyboards (Rhodes, Moog, organ, and piano) and Toti Soler on acoustic guitar (often playing in the traditional Flamenco way). The 7 piece band is fleshed out with electric guitar, bass, vocals, hand percussion, and drums. Some of the music reminds me of the slower/mellower tracks from the early Mahavishnu Orchestra albums but with a distinctive Spanish flavor (including the familiar hand claps). Wonderful female wordless voices augment this fine recording. Highly recommended.

Originals are stored in a single sleeve cover and not particularly expensive, though it is elusive. The first CD is from PDI, and is straight up with no extras. I presume the Picap version is similar and should be easy to find. The LP reissue is a gatefold, so there's a bonus there it appears.

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