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ARTIST
TITLE
Guitarras Callejeras
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
MRSSS 023LP MRSSS 023LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
7/5/2011

Raimundo and Rafael Amador are Pata Negra (an expression meaning "top class"), belonging to a family of great gypsy flamenco guitarists. Their father, Luis, and uncles Diego and Ramón accompanied several generations of artists of the highest category: Antonio Mairena, Fernanda de Utrera, Farruco, Matilde Coral, La Paquera, Chocolate, etc. Their reference point was the essential flamenco styles: seguriya, soleá, cantiñas, bulerías and tangos. Raimundo and Rafael had absorbed that culture since they were children and nobody would suspect what they would learn in the streets of 1960s Seville, full of hippies, rockers and an acid explosion that came from the military bases of Rota and Morón. When they were not even teenagers, Raimundo and Rafael would sing and play in the city center bars, accompanied by their cousins and other friends from their Tres Mil Viviendas ("3000 Dwellings") neighborhood. In the streets they got to know other kinds of music: blues, rock, swing and even the jazz manouche of their "uncle" Django Reinhart. They were like an insatiable sponge that would absorb records by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and the vital Californian revolution that entered Spain via the south of the south: Seville and Cadiz. They were the first to introduce the plectrum technique to flamenco guitar, the first ones to stretch the strings in order to obtain quarter and octave tones. The first gypsy rockers. The first bluesmen of the Tres Mil Viviendas, of Seville, of Spain. That's why Guitarras Callejeras, recorded in 1979, has the value of a foundation stone, the invention of a musical language unknown until then. This edition includes the original mini-LP and another two tracks from the same 1979 sessions, only available on CD until now. Liner notes by Ricardo Pachón.