Yeah, corny, I know but a refreshing interlude from the gargantuan epics of sci-fi mumbo-jumbo we prog fans love to devour. Shake, shake! The mood gets experimental towards the end, sweltering the pleasure even further. The tremendous "Dr Fidel" is in reference to ultra-nationalist dictator Fidel Castro insurgency against the much loathed Batista regime, proposing a shuffling beat, revolutionary chanting Oye mi canto, oye mi voz and some sizzling playing on opulent oboe, rumbling bass and devastating lead guitar.
Sonic delirium of the highest order. The English lyrics are definitely cheesy by any standard but the Album) chorus is just sublime but the crowning lead solo is enough to overcome any objections. I just love the positive vibe emanating from this unloved gem, reverting to it every time the summer sun looms on the horizon.
One of those lost wonders that evoke the glow in one's spirit. Album) must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by giving monthly PayPal donations and help keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever. I am a sucker for well-timed "Hoo-Hoo" choruses big time and the lead axe solo is breathless once again!
Infectious, Tambor - Phil Manzanera - Southern Cross (CD, finger-snapping but sly and sensual also, the segue into "Tambor" is seamless as if a natural fit came to fruitionkeeping the samba sambaing with cascades of seductive percussion that would make Carlos Santana blush with 'hermano" envy! The title track showcases the Roxyman's string massage qualities to the utmost degree, a fluid envelope of various styles and sounds that defy words, an iconoclastic display of controlled virtuosity.
Relentlessly romantic and seductive, the atmosphere is sensational, with vibrant rhythms swirling around brass columns, the teamwork between the axe and the sax always was a Roxy hallmark. Hello Mel Collins! The Tim Finn-led "Rich and Poor" is melancholic and painful, poignant with a grudge against the injustices of life, everyone a hero one day, a traitor Album) next according to some temporary junta. It should come to no surprise then that a track called "Dr Fidel" shows up a bit later in the programme, solidifying the obvious previous statement zealously.
But the song is a positive and hopeful testament to the yearnings of a people who have suffered for way too long. As long as there is music and dance, life is worth living. In fact, this album is not so different from the solo music Tim Finn was recording at the time such as the album Tim Finn. Manzanera even enlisted the help of old friend Jown Wetton to sing backing vocals.
The added lyrics he wrote, which are moving and add some depth to the overall feel of the album, and the guests assist the album in tipping slightly more toward rock, but that's not a problem. The instrumental songs such as "Southern Cross" have a much more world flavor and sound achingly beautiful. The true highlight, however, is "Frontera '91," which has some of the most melodic and interesting guitar work Manzanera ever recorded.
The album is nicely recorded and is structured in a nice, safe manner. The music can be either very relaxing or full of energy. The production does distract from the music as Manzanera attempted to update the sound with the use of drum machines and programming. Other than that, Tambor - Phil Manzanera - Southern Cross (CD is a very enjoyable album.
The Great Leveller. Blood Brother. Rich and Poor. Dance Break This Trance. Leyenda Phil Manzanera. Frontera 91 Phil Manzanera. Southern Cross Phil Manzanera.
Sphinx Phil Manzanera. Phil Manzanera feat: Gary Dyson.
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