Compilation album of the best songs released until 1998 by singer Luz Casal Maria Galicia (La Coruña, 1958), one of the most renowned soloists of light and popular music in Spain in the last decades. Her career was launched to stardom from the 80s and has surpassed five million albums sold (almost twenty studio albums, singles and compilations). This CD was preferably released to the Frencg public. It sold over 400,000 copies.
Love Is Strange: En Vivo con Tino is, simply put, a double CD that documents Jackson Browne's and David Lindley’s short Spanish tour of 2006. But it’s actually far more than that. While the song titles may be familiar to fans of both men, they don’t begin to tell the musical story on display here. Lindley and Browne were accompanied on all dates by the great flamenco percussionist, rock drummer, and producer Tino di Geraldo, and on select concerts by well-known Spanish musicians flutist Carlos Nunéz, vocalists Kiko Veneno and Luz Casal, banduria player Javier Mas, and others.
This album marked Djavan's association with American producers. After signing with CBS, he recorded this album in the U.S.A. (in Portuguese), which was produced by Ronnie Foster. For that occasion, Quincy Jones acquired the publishing rights of many of his songs through Djavan's own publisher Luanda. The album is divided between a romantic section and swinging tunes. "Pétala" and "Açaí" (pop ballads), "Nobreza," and "Banho de Rio" (orchestral canções) take charge of the romantic part. "Luz," "Capim," "Sina," "Samurai," "Esfinge," and "Minha Irmã" are the swinging segment. The interesting harmonies/melodies and the jazz-like arrangements of this section aroused interest for Djavan's music in the U.S.A. and some of these songs and others were recorded by Manhattan Transfer, among others.
Chronos Mundi was an apparently little-known Brazilian trio that released just the one album, Luz e Trevas, in 1999. This band admits influences of Pink Floyd, Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, Premiata Forneria Marconi, Jade Warrior and Genesis. They perform a refined, colourful and lyrical Progressive sung in Portuguese and English but there aren't many vocals. Their music has a largely pastoral feel and is highly melodic, much in the tradition of the many fine symphonic bands from Brazil.
A new and fresh musical project has just arrived from the heart of Mexico. Luz de Riada offers more than only music, their compositions share a concept which makes the listener create their own images and stories. Their musical style may be difficult to define and label due to the richness of sounds, in Luz de Riada you will listen to a wonderful mixture of jazz elements, experimental music, avant-garde and progressive rock (among others) that create an eclectic and very original sound. In 2011, they released their debut album entitled "Cuentos y Fábulas", which has received positive feedback from Mexican press and fans.
If planning to investigate the work of Neal Casal, start here. The album, although a trifle long, is shot through with a genuine and varied musicality. There's a very real sense of play; explicitly with the amused outtakes of the artist's father navigating his way through approximate renditions of old boot camp favorites, and also the eponymous "Kid on Trumpet." Charm aside, Casal's own compositions really take flight on the venomous "No One Said a Word," the quietly foreboding "Basement Dreams," and the bluesy "I Run and Hide complete with distant harmonica.