El Nino de Ronda

The Real Flamenco

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With the damp echo, occasional mutters, and clinking of glass-like objects in the background, this sounds as though it was recorded at a soundcheck in an empty club, which if anything adds to the haunting atmosphere. It's simple, sad, but effective material, delivered boldly and loudly by El Nino ("when he first sang a few notes as a test for my machine, the needle of my V-U meter hit the top and almost stayed there" writes Alan Brown in the liner notes). At only 26 minutes, however, it's short value, although the music is good.

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