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Recorded during the band's 1994 tour of their native Spain, the live Compromiso and its companion, De Amor, Vol. 2, were released the same day. The material covers Seguridad Social's entire career trajectory starting from 1982, but if you figured the group would show different sides to its music in concert, guess again. Apart from the occasional roar greeting favorite songs and the crowd singing along to the opening lines to "Ay Tenochtitlan," it's a very clean board mix, and there aren't any real changes in the lean, mean arrangements. Seguridad Social is a basic rock & roll band — the racehorse "Condenados a Vivir" motors along on classic Chuck Berry chords — and "1, 2, 3, Mueve los Pies" moves into riff rock territory not unlike Free and AC/DC. Occasional dashes of thumb-popped funk bass and rapped vocals break up the basic guitar rock, and most of the group's major successes are included here. A version of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" in English is the one oddity, and you almost wonder why Seguridad Social bothered with recording a live album when the music sticks so close to the studio blueprints. Still, it's a solid rock album and the career-long span of the material serves to introduce fans to previously unheard songs from the band's early days.


Genre: Latino

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Seguridad Social comes from Spain, but its 20-year career trajectory follows a common pattern; starting off with punk and ska in the early '80s, the group moved to a harder rock sound later in the decade. Singer and chief songwriter Jose Manuel Casañ dumped the original lineup in 1991, and the revamped Seguridad Social enjoyed a few years of mass popularity before a quick decline and rejection as being old-fashioned by the new alternative audience in Spain. At its early-'90s peak, the quartet displayed...
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  • 11,99 €
  • Genres: Latino, Music, Pop
  • Released: 12 June 1989

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