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Somos Gitanos

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    Somos Gitanos is the Gipsy Kings’ first studio recording since the 1997 album Compas. Continuing to blend French, Spanish, and North African influences in their music, tracks like “Majiwi” merge the sounds of traditional Flamenco with Middle Eastern modalities, while “Lleva me a compass” has a strong Latinate flavor. Other tracks such as “Mi Fandango” are more roots-based evocations of the cante jondo tradition. Lead guitarist Tonino Baliardo showcases his virtuoso technique on the instrumental ballads “Flamencos en el Aire” and “Felices Dias.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Nicolas Reyes, lead vocal (1-5, 8-10), backing vocal (12)
    Tonino Baliardo, lead guitar (all)
    Patchaï Reyes, lead vocal, backing vocals (7)
    André Reyes, backing vocal (1-5, 8-10, 12), rhythmic guitar and palms (3), lead guitar (12)
    Gipsy Kings, rhythmic guitar and palms
    Georges Reyes, rhythmic guitar & palms (1-6, 8, 10, 12), rhythmic guitar (6, 7, 9, 11), backing vocal (8, 12)
    Dominique Vernhes, accordion (1)
    Dominique Droin, organ (1), keyboards (4, 8, 9, 11), piano (10), acoustic guitar (11)
    Gérard Prévost, bass (all)
    Rodolfo Pacheco, congas (1, 8, 10, 12)
    Thierry ‘Titi’ Robin, bouzouk and oud (2)
    Rabah Kalfa, derbouka, bender, and rek (2)
    Abdel Hamid Hmaoui, ney (2)
    Laurent de Gaspéris, electric guitar (2)
    Denis Benarrosh, percussion (3, 5, 6, 9, 11)
    Eric Berdeaux, tambourine (4)
    Bob Boisadan, accordion (7, 12), piano (7)
    Jorge ‘Negrito’ Trasante, drums (7), timbales (8, 12), bells (12)
    Marc Jacquemin, drums (8)
    Myriam Serfass, harp (9)
    André Ceccarelli, drums (10)
    Loïc Ponthieux, overdub cymbals (10)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS

    Recorded by Frédéric Blanc-Garin, Studio Miraval (France) (1-4, 6, 7, 11, 12); Yves Teste, Studio Twin (France) and Frederic Blanc-Garin, Studio Miraval (France) (5, 9); Frederic Blanc-Garin, Studio Guillaume Tell (France) (8); François Delabrière, Studio Stakato (France) (10)
    Additional recording by Eric Berdeaux, Studio Twin (France) & Studio Mega (France) (1); Jean Labbé, Studio Stakato (France) (6, 7, 10); Jean Labbé, Studio Stakato (France) and Eric Berdeaux, Studio Mega (France) (9)
    Edited by Frederic Blanc-Garin (2, 8, 12)
    All tracks arranged by Gérard Prévost and produced by Gérard Prévost and Claude Martinez for P.E.M.
    Mixed by Eric Berdeaux, Studio Mega (France)
    Mastered by Raphael Jonin at Dyam Music, Pari, France.

    All tracks published by Sony Music Publishing, except track 2 by EMI Publishing and track 7 by Sara Music.

    Design by Gabriele Wilson
    Photography by Peter Lindbergh

on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 2, 2001 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79642

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
45
436
Tuesday, October 2, 2001 (All day)
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Artist Name: 
Gipsy Kings
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Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597964226BUN
Price: 
14.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597964264
Price: 
10.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

Somos Gitanos is the Gipsy Kings’ first studio recording since the 1997 album Compas. Continuing to blend French, Spanish, and North African influences in their music, tracks like “Majiwi” merge the sounds of traditional Flamenco with Middle Eastern modalities, while “Lleva me a compass” has a strong Latinate flavor. Other tracks such as “Mi Fandango” are more roots-based evocations of the cante jondo tradition. Lead guitarist Tonino Baliardo showcases his virtuoso technique on the instrumental ballads “Flamencos en el Aire” and “Felices Dias.”

DescriptionExcerpt: 

Returning to the studio after a five-year hiatus, the band highlights the Middle Eastern and Latin flavors in its hybrid Flamenco sound. The Mirror (UK) declared, “The songs spring to life with spirit-lifting heat and lovely sensual shivers. Gorgeous.”

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Nicolas Reyes, lead vocal (1-5, 8-10), backing vocal (12)
Tonino Baliardo, lead guitar (all)
Patchaï Reyes, lead vocal, backing vocals (7)
André Reyes, backing vocal (1-5, 8-10, 12), rhythmic guitar and palms (3), lead guitar (12)
Gipsy Kings, rhythmic guitar and palms
Georges Reyes, rhythmic guitar & palms (1-6, 8, 10, 12), rhythmic guitar (6, 7, 9, 11), backing vocal (8, 12)
Dominique Vernhes, accordion (1)
Dominique Droin, organ (1), keyboards (4, 8, 9, 11), piano (10), acoustic guitar (11)
Gérard Prévost, bass (all)
Rodolfo Pacheco, congas (1, 8, 10, 12)
Thierry ‘Titi’ Robin, bouzouk and oud (2)
Rabah Kalfa, derbouka, bender, and rek (2)
Abdel Hamid Hmaoui, ney (2)
Laurent de Gaspéris, electric guitar (2)
Denis Benarrosh, percussion (3, 5, 6, 9, 11)
Eric Berdeaux, tambourine (4)
Bob Boisadan, accordion (7, 12), piano (7)
Jorge ‘Negrito’ Trasante, drums (7), timbales (8, 12), bells (12)
Marc Jacquemin, drums (8)
Myriam Serfass, harp (9)
André Ceccarelli, drums (10)
Loïc Ponthieux, overdub cymbals (10)

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Recorded by Frédéric Blanc-Garin, Studio Miraval (France) (1-4, 6, 7, 11, 12); Yves Teste, Studio Twin (France) and Frederic Blanc-Garin, Studio Miraval (France) (5, 9); Frederic Blanc-Garin, Studio Guillaume Tell (France) (8); François Delabrière, Studio Stakato (France) (10)
Additional recording by Eric Berdeaux, Studio Twin (France) & Studio Mega (France) (1); Jean Labbé, Studio Stakato (France) (6, 7, 10); Jean Labbé, Studio Stakato (France) and Eric Berdeaux, Studio Mega (France) (9)
Edited by Frederic Blanc-Garin (2, 8, 12)
All tracks arranged by Gérard Prévost and produced by Gérard Prévost and Claude Martinez for P.E.M.
Mixed by Eric Berdeaux, Studio Mega (France)
Mastered by Raphael Jonin at Dyam Music, Pari, France.

All tracks published by Sony Music Publishing, except track 2 by EMI Publishing and track 7 by Sara Music.

Design by Gabriele Wilson
Photography by Peter Lindbergh