Medina Azahara - s/t. 1979 Spain

One of the 3 pillars of the Rock Andaluz scene of the mid to late 1970's, Medina Azahara's debut is filled with the energy of southern Spain. Great fuzzy tones and an urgency similar to Mezquita, and the passionate Arabian vocals recall Triana at their very best. 'Hacia' Ti' is the 5 star highlight, but 'En la Manana' and the closing two tracks are in the running. A brilliant album throughout.

Personal collection
LP: 1979 CBS
CD: 1994 CBS/Sony

The gatefold LP cover is just as gorgeous as the music itself, and is a fixture on my "wall of albums". The CD is nothing special but gets the job done, and is taken from the masters.

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