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Jako K. (jako) from WAUKEGAN, IL
Reviewed on 4/6/2014...
My favorite recordings by the maestro include Luzia (1998) Siroco (1987) and
Zyryab (1990); he is in his stride as a master of the instrument (even more so than the work with Mclaughlin and Di Meola as he is in the forefront. In regard to this recording, it needs to be in your collection, period. if you are a novice to the genre, or a rabid aficionado bring this CD home; it is a Compilation album released in 1996 showcasing his early works. (Vol 2 holds Zynab which is worth the price of the CD itself.) This Vol 1 edition showcases the maestro at the top of his game in settings that merit a deeper involvement in the genre of Flamenco, and may well inspire a trip to Spain.
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Quite Possibly the Greatest Flamenco Guitar Cd ever heard...
fetish_2000 | U.K. | 03/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Largely considered the finest Flamenco Guitarist on his generation, (possibly ever), this is some of the most affecting beautiful composed music I've heard in recent times. Paco's ability to carry a song with just his guitar and the most subtle of backing musicians is quite awe-inspiring. He moves from complex delicate guitar rhythmic arrangements, to furiously intense rapid fire passages that will almost certainly invoke an response of complete awe & admiration for what he does better than anyone else. This is an Anthology of (a Limited 2 Cd version) that complies his two `Antologia' albums into 2 disks (1 disk for each Anthology), and for a double album that weights in at over 24 tracks, you'd think that you'd have had your fill of Contemporary Flamenco, way before then....but you'd be wrong, spreading the listening experience a disk at a time (over 2 days) not only left me with an unquenchable thirst for more of his work, but has that astute honour of being the most remarkable album, I've heard for sometime, and that's with some truly exceptional competition, utter genius. And it should also be noted that this is a perfect introduction into Paco's sublime music if your new to this particular artist."
Marshal Berthier | 10/13/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I am not 'really' giving the CD a 1, I am only suggesting you look harder.
Paco de Lucia is a genius, and I urge you to seek out his music, including Antologia. But there are two different versions. Look for the two volume set with the red and yellow packaging, it will come as two separate and independent CDs. This version that I am reviewing here with a black cover labeled Import seems to be volume one, but the one I got in Spain is the red and yellow version, and much cheaper. It is very worth your time to hunt down both CDs. CD1 has many of the works he is best known for, but CD2 is a gem in which you understand his real ability to improvise in this form."