Thursday 7 September 2017
Cai - Más Allá De Nuestras Mentes Diminutas (1979)
The debut album from this Spanish band.
The band was a quartet with a lineup of bass, drums, keyboards, guitars, synths and Spanish vocals.
The band released three albums between 1979 and 1981 and a final album in 2010. I have their first three albums and intend to review them this month/you will find reviews of the two other albums somewhere else in this blog.
Cai was among the quite a few bands who operated in the area between hard rock, pop and progressive rock in the 1970s Spain. Medina Azahara and Asfalto is perhaps the best known bands in this scene.
Behind those two bands, you will find a lot of other bands who released one to four albums. Albums well worth checking out.
Cai is one of those bands. Their mix of hard rock, symphonic prog, flamenco and fusion is quite a heady mix.
There is a lot of references to Spanish folk and English bands like Soft Machine and ELP here. The music is very dynamic and jazzy. It is really rhytmic and funky too. The vocals are pretty raw, but also very good.
This is an album I would label as a hidden gem. It is an album bordering to very good at times. It has some flaws, but it is still a good album. Check it out !