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The Best of Sevillanas, Vol. 4

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These four volumes, culled from a mid-'70s LP series, showcase the popular flamenco-based Sevillanas, the joyful carnival music that fills the springtime air in Seville and surrounding Andalusia. It's a catchy sound, undeniably Spanish, with energetic brass and group vocals driven by clattering castanets, guitars, and a variety of innovative drums, pianos, and strings. Artists interspersed among the discs include Los Hermanos Reyes (early Gipsy Kings), El Pali, Los Marismenos, Amigos de Gines, Los Romeros de la Puebla, and more. It's recommended for those who like to keep up on world music currents, as well as fans of Spanish flamenco and the Gypsy music of the Andalusian region.

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