Monday 19 March 2018
Manchuria - Deveras Me Atrapaste (1985)
The one and only album from this Mexican band.
Manchuria was a sextet with a lineup of guitars, bass, saxophone, drums, keyboards, percussion and Spanish vocals.
1985 was probably the worst year you could release a prog album. Nevertheless, the prog rock scene in Mexico was alive and coming up with new bands.
Manchuria was a one of band. A couple of members went to form the more successful Flught.
The music on this album is somewhere between symphonic prog and hard rock. There is a lot of wild vocals and guitars at the beginning of this album. A lot of red hot Latin blood in motion.
The album then goes into a much more symphonic prog mode. It becomes a mix of Yes and Camel. This part, which is keyboards focused, is instrumental. And side B is by far the best side of the LP.
This is a decent enough album betrayed by some not so decent sound. The sound is quite poor and does not do this album any justice whatsoever. So there is some positives here and some negatives. Hence my rating.