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Album Review

This live album, released well after Camarón's death in 1992, comes from the latter stages of his career and features the great flamenco singer accompanied by his second longtime partner, Tomatito. Camarón apparently was suffering health problems at this point, and his voice sounds weak on the opening "Tus Ojillos Negros," especially measured against Tomatito's very strong guitar presence. The arrangements are very spare, foregoing the usual flamenco flourishes — the unadorned "Sonidos Negros" is more a call-and-response between voice and guitar à la blues than performed together. Camarón picks up vocal strength on "Pañuelo a Rayas" — it seems like bulerías is the form people unfamiliar with the different varieties of flamenco would recognize and define as "flamenco." "Como el Agua" gets a big audience response from the opening lines (it's also featured as the CD-ROM video track) but weirdly fades out rather than finishing. Much the same happens on "Yo Pienso Como el Ciprés" — the audience applause is brought up so abruptly and prematurely, it makes you wonder if the producers were covering for a botched ending. Truthfully, you don't get much sense of set dynamics or building momentum to a climax, but París 1987 does close strongly with impassioned singing on "Pañuelo a Rayas 2," "Más Duro Que el Acero," and "Tirititando de Frío." With two songs repeated twice out of only nine tracks, París 1987 isn't essential — it's more for confirmed fans than people looking to get into Camarón.

Biography

Born: 05 December 1950 in San Fernando, Spain

Genre: World

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

With the death from lung cancer of Camarón de la Isla (born José Monge Cruz) on July 2, 1992, flamenco lost one of its greatest vocalists. The son of a basket-maker, de la Isla revolutionalized the flamenco tradition with his contemporary-minded approach. His debut 1969 album, Con la Colaboracion Especial de Paco de Lucia, recorded...
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Paris 1987, Camarón de la Isla
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  • 78,00 kr
  • Genres: World, Music, Europe
  • Released: 01 January 1999

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