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Nathan Nothin' here. I've been given the honor of guesting a few posts here at the DM & I'm raring to go. Hope you're not disappointed. Sent Zer0 another post, but in the meantime, I'll post this. I've been wanting to post this one for a long time, but forgot about it. When I was digging through record boxes, I saw the back cover art by Salvador Dali peeking out from a pile of albums.
Born in Valencia in November 1934, youngest son of Basque parents, Paco Ibáñez was forced into exile at 5 years of age when his family took refuge in France to escape the Franco regime. A France occupied by Germany. There his father was arrested & sent to labor camps for anti-fascist militant republicans.
In 1948 Paco began with his musical studies with the violin, but soon it changed to the guitar. Living in Paris at the time, Paco was influenced by Georges Brassens & Atahuapa Yupanqui. His first artistic outings were in the cabarets in the Latin Quarter accompanying Venezuelan singer Soto Carmela. Together they formed the trio The Yares. They traveled around Europe for the next eight years & Paco played guitar on Carmela's first records.
In 1955 Paco finally met Georges Brassens. She inspired him to write a new song. A year later Ibáñez released that song, setting the poem "The Most Beautiful Girl" (La Mas Bella Niña) by Luis Góngora 1561 - 1627 (written about 1580) to music. This idea of turning brilliant Spanish poetry into songs opened the door to a new world for Ibáñez. In 1958 Paco followed up with the poems of Federico Garcia Lorca 1899 - 1936. Paco Ibáñez had found his artistic path.
All of these poems would go on to become part of his first full length record, produced in Paris in 1964. He is accompanied by the world-renowned classical guitarist Antonio Membrado. This record, once published, became a classic, used by teachers of Spanish language & literature as teaching materials & by defenders of freedoms (both Spanish & French) as a symbol of cultural resistance. Ibáñez' prominence amongst the existentialist art community was further enhanced by a drawing created especially by the painter Salvador Dalí for the back cover.
"You could say I created the image by these songs, with a single stain of china ink. The Splash is a splash of blood. In doing so I said: 'I sign this thing Lorca with their blood & mine'." - Salvador Dali
Through his friendship with Dalí, Paco solidified his close relationship with the visual arts. He joined with artists of various medium to form Carraca, where theatrical plays, art exhibitions, literary symposia, film screenings, & music were fostered & promoted.
Year of Release: 1967 Label: Polydor Catalog #:658 022 GU Genre: Classical Spanish guitar
A1. Canción de Jinete
A2. El Lagarto está Llorando
A3. Romance a la Luna, Luna
A4. Casida de las Palomas Oscuras
A5. La Señorita del Abanico (Canción China en Europa)
A6. Mi Niña se Fue a la Mar Lyrics By - Federico García Lorca
B1. La Mas Bella Niña
B2. Que se Nos va la Pascua, Mozas
B3. Y Ríase la Gente! (Letrillas)
B4. Lloraba la Niña
B5. Hermana Marica
B6. Bien Puede Ser, No Puede Ser Lyrics By - Luis De Góngora