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Paco de Lucia’s 10 Greatest Songs and Greatest Discs (Representative Songs and Hidden Masterpieces)

In this article, I created a ranking of Paco de Lucia.

He is a flamenco guitarist who is famous for his superb technique.

But he is more than just a fast player.

Please experience it with your own ears.

If you are a guitar player, I recommend that you listen to it.

This blog is an automatic translation of a Japanese blog into English.

Please understand that it may be difficult to read.

 

No.1「Entre dos aguas」(Album:Fuente y caudal)

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■Song Title:Entre dos aguas
■Album Name:Fuente y caudal
■Video link:「Entre dos aguas」

This song is his most famous song.

This song has bongos in it.

Flamenco is a type of Latin music, so it might be natural to have percussion in it.

But at that time, it was very rare.

In this song, I feel the inevitability of including bongos.

The bongos are especially effective starting at 2:23.

Maybe Bob Dylan would like this kind of song.

 

No.2「Almoraima」(Album:Almoraima)

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■Song Title:Almoraima
■Album Name:Almoraima
■Video link:「Almoraima」

It is said that Paco’s best work is “Fuente y caudal” or “Almoraima”.

His last album “Fuente y caudal” made him a household name, and this album has made him even more famous.

There is something I should mention here.

I am a person who hardly ever listens to flamenco.

I rarely listen to flamenco, and the only other flamenco guitar albums I own are a few by famous people like Tomatito.

So I can’t compare him to other flamenco guitar players.

However, in the case of this guy, I think you can experience his greatness without comparing him to anyone else.

I am one of those people.

I don’t know much about flamenco, but I would like to share with you some of the songs that made me fall in love with it.

 

No.3「Cepa Andaluza」(Album:Fuente y caudal)

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■Song Title:Cepa Andaluza
■Album Name:Fuente y caudal
■Video link:「Cepa Andaluza」

It takes a lot of concentration when listening to his music.

It’s supposed to be a studio recording, but it sounds like a live performance.

Flamenco, like jazz, is a music where improvisation is very important.

Listening to Paco’s performance, it is clear that he is a top-notch improviser.

Improvisation is all about the moment, and Paco is someone who values that moment more than anyone else.

At that time, he was not yet active in the world of jazz and fusion.

 

No.4「Manteca Colora」(Album:Luzia)

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■Song Title:Manteca Colora
■Album Name:Luzia
■Video link:「Manteca Colora」

It takes a lot of concentration when listening to his music.

It’s supposed to be a studio recording, but it sounds like a live performance.

Flamenco, like jazz, is a music where improvisation is very important.

Listening to Paco’s performance, it is clear that he is a top-notch improviser.

Improvisation is all about the moment, and Paco is someone who values that moment more than anyone else.

At that time, he was not yet active in the world of jazz and fusion.

In 1967, he released his first album with Camarón de la Isla, a cantaor (flamenco singer) from San Fernando, Cádiz province, with whom he continued to work until Camarón’s death in 1992, bringing about a major change in flamenco.

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Camaron died of lung cancer in 1992.

This album is dedicated to both of them.

 

No.5「Cobre」(Album:Almoraima)

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■Song Title:Cobre
■Album Name:Almoraima
■Video link:「Cobre」

This album, like the previous one, is a guitar duet with my brother Ramon De Algeciras.

The hand clapping is also impressive in this song.

Flamenco clapping is called palma, but it’s more than just clapping.

For more information about palmas, please watch the following video.

Paco de Lucia – Buleria

It’s not just clapping, it’s a performance.

The songs I chose this time include several other songs with palmas in them.

Flamenco is a music that should not be listened to only for the guitar.

 

No.6「Maria de la O」(Album:Cancion andaluz)

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■Song Title:Maria de la O
■Album Name:Cancion andaluz
■Video link:「Maria de la O」

This album is Paco’s last album.

He died of a heart attack on February 25, 2014, while in Mexico.

He was only 66 years old.

In his later years, he played more calmly than thrillingly.

This Album was released on April 29, 2014.

The album title “Cancion andaluz” means “Song of Andalusia”.

Paco was born in Andalusia, Spain.

Andalusia is the birthplace of flamenco, and Paco grew up listening to flamenco from a very young age.

 

No.7「Cancion De Amor」(Album:Zyryab)

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■Song Title:Cancion De Amor
■Album Name:Zyryab
■Video link:「Cancion De Amor」

He expresses his respect for the great musicians of Spain.

In the next album, he featured “Concierto de Aranjuez” by the Spanish composer Rodrigo.

But at the same time, he also says something like this.

Tradition doesn’t mean that it will stay the same forever. Abbreviations

Is it pure to keep the same old form of flamenco forever? That’s just copying.

(Taken from the liner notes of “Almoraima” by Shigeo Enda)

In this album, I perform with Chick Corea.

Chick is also a person with roots in Spain.

This song is very beautiful, with a hint of Chick’s influence.

The interaction with Chick brings out a different kind of Paco’s charm.

 

No.8「El Panuelo」(Album:Siroco)

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■Song Title:El Panuelo
■Album Name:Siroco
■Video link:「El Panuelo」

He became an active player on the world stage after “Almoraima”.

But it may have been only music that fit the genre of the other.

That’s when this album was released.

This album has this kind of background.

He was also influenced by his father’s friends, the flamenco guitarist Niño Ricardo and Sabicas. Paco later recorded a song called “Dedicated to Niño Ricardo” on his Album “SIROCO – Hot Air” (1987).

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Paco started to emerge at an early age, and his debut album in 1967 was titled “Genius”.

Here is a song from his second album, “Fantasia Flamenca De Paco De Lucia”.

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The Paco of these days has returned.

 

No.9「Casa Bernardo」(Album:Cositas buenas)

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■Song Title:Casa Bernardo
■Album Name:Cositas buenas
■Video link:「Casa Bernardo」

This time I chose the songs with the assumption that people would be hearing Paco for the first time.

I had a hard time deciding whether to use only flamenco guitar or to include a fusion piece.

From a performance standpoint alone, it would have been better to just use flamenco.

However, Paco’s music is so amazing that it can make the listener nervous.

So I tried to include songs that are easy to listen to.

For example, this song.

If you are not satisfied with this song, there is a more intense song at the end.

 

No.10「Mediterranean Sundance / Rio Ancho」(Album:Friday Night in San Francisco)

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■Song Title:Mediterranean Sundance / Rio Ancho
■Album Name:Friday Night in San Francisco
■Video link:「Mediterranean Sundance / Rio Ancho」

This album is under the name of Super Guitar Trio.

In 1977, Paco played on a song called “Mediterranean Sundance” on Al Di Meola’s “Elegant Gypsy” album.

The song was so well received that he formed an acoustic guitar trio with Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin.

This album is a live recording of the trio.

Paco is on the left channel and Al Di Meola is on the right channel.

But I would like to say, “Is it possible to play like this with an acoustic guitar?

As anyone who has played an acoustic guitar knows, you can’t normally play like this.

It’s not every day that you get such an amazing musical experience.

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