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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
23 85 134 Manolo Gas & The Tinto Band Bang Gas(LP, Album) Polydor 23 85 134 Spain 1977 Sell This Version
31 73 134 Manolo Gas & The Tinto Band Bang Gas(Cass, Album) Polydor 31 73 134 Spain 1977 Sell This Version

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cybercollector

cybercollector

July 12, 2019
edited 7 days ago
referencing Gas, LP, Album, 23 85 134

Manolo Gas (R.I.P.) is a true Catalan legend. Born and raised in Barcelona, he also passed away in his beloved home town almost 10 years ago.

Mr. Gas was highly regarded as a music director, composer, arranger, producer and pianist throughout his long career in Spain. The world’s most read online newspaper in Spanish, the renowned El Pais, considers Mr. Gas as “perhaps one of the most interesting jazz soloists arising from the Spanish music scene ever”.

Manolo Gas started his career in the 1960s as a session musician for large studio orchestras in Madrid. He later advanced to become a soloist, forming also his own orchestras in the 1970s.

Mr. Gas musical focus at the time was on adapting current pop hits by e.g. Santana, Bee Gees, The Beatles or The Archies, whereby he infused these songs with an exciting and funky dose of flamenco and jazz.

Although his name will always be synonymous with the more Easy Listening side of his many productions, Manolo Gas has gained a newly found recognition among a younger generation of more dance music-oriented fans recently.

Especially the eclectic work Manolo Gas rendered with his albums “Especial Gas-Coteca” or “Gas”, which were both released during the heydays of Disco, are, rightfully so by the way, very sought-after internationally nowadays.

However, if you were hoping to discover another fantastic gem like “Amore” on the “Gas” album, then you will be most likely disappointed. Only the opening track, “Acercate Mas”, with its charming, female backed vocals, will satisfy most die-hard Disco-heads. Everything else found therein is (just) very Easy Listening stuff. Very nice, but again, not Disco. So be aware of that.

Nevertheless is “Gas” worth getting your full attention (and the good money you will most likely spend on it). This in spite of its heterogeneous song lineup, because the outstanding “Amore” track alone is so phenomenal.

I would even go as far as claiming that “Amore”, with its sultry vocals, could have been used as a blueprint to create another, epic Balearic anthem such as: Sueño Latino’s E2-E4 many years later :-)