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About Tabaco

Generally speaking, in the psychedelic era the further the music was formulated from its English-speaking cultural centers, the stranger and more garbled it became. Such was the case to some degree with the Spanish band Tabaco, which recorded the Desintegracion album in late 1971. Sung mostly in English, the record was a mishmash of punky garage rock with heavy blues and soul influences, fierce Santana-like instrumental rock with rocket noises (the title track), brooding psychedelia introduced by flamenco-like guitar, and easy listening flamenco-flavored pop balladry. Although longer on enthusiastic eclecticism than originality and top-level chops, it was a fitfully imaginative effort that, whether by unconscious virtue of the band's distance from the U.S. and U.K. or not, boasted a ragged eccentricity. The Barcelona group grew out of a band called Los Duendes, which in June 1971 set a world record by playing 27 hours of rock & roll nonstop. Shortly after that, their name was changed to Tabaco and more progressive influences were incorporated. They disbanded in 1973.