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  • Audio CD (18 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: World Circuit
  • ASIN: B0000A0C4K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,393 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jota Bereber
2. Elli Yeddi Haq Ennas
3. Tangos Del Agujero
4. Cruzando El Rio
5. Bulerias Turcas
6. El Mandil De Carolina
7. La Mosca
8. Nina
9. Osu
10. Cancion Sefardi
11. Ronda De Sanabria
12. Oye China

Product Description

Product Description

World Circuit presents 'Fiebre', Radio Tarifa's fourth album, recorded live at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto, Canada.

Fiebre captures the dynamism of Radio Tarifa's live show and it takes us on a musical journey spanning the last ten years of the band. It features ten new interpretations of songs from their last three studio albums, plus two new songs specially written for this project.

It is on the stages of the world where Radio Tarifa have lived the last ten years, sharing their music in which they harmoniously mix influences from Arabic and Mediterranean cultures. This is Radio Tarifa in their purest form, where they can best offer their musical ideas and mesmerise their audience.

Radio Tarifa was formed by percussionist Faín S Dueñas, vocalist Benjamín Escoriza and flautist Vincent Molino. They were drawn together by a common passion for, and desire to experiment with, the underlying foundations of Mediterranean music. They take their name from the imaginary radio station of Tarifa, the town situated on the southernmost tip of Spain, the closest European point to Africa in a kind of no-man's land suspended between the Arabic and Mediterranean worlds - a perfect metaphor for the band.

BBC Review

To coin a cliché: if there wasn'ta group like Radio Tarifa already, you would have to invent one. The affinities between North African and Spanish gypsy music are so overt as not to need any sophisticated World MusicPR exercise in product placement. The similarities just scream out at you when you listen to traditional airs like "Jota Bereber" or the wonderful version of Tarifa's self-composed classic from the album of the same name,"Cruzando el Rio". These tracks like all others on Fiebre are top notch recordings from their live gig in Toronto last year.

The individual elements of the band are so artfully combined as to create something simultaneously traditional and adventurously novel. Vicente Molino's array of ancient wind instruments underpin Jorge Gomez almost-rock acoustic and electric guitar like old neighbours, echoing through the dustmoted afternoon sunrays in some shady Moorish courtyard in Cadiz or Tangiers. Black-clad and wearing shades, singer Benjamin Escoriza brings existential cool to his disciplined and ultimately celebratory versions of the great flamenco artforms - Tangos, Bulerias, Rumba, and so forth, his voice brushing against Benjamin Escoriza derbuka drum and Sebastian Rubio's pandereta and bongos like well-mannered sandpaper.

The middle-eastern vibe is taken care of with Amir Haddad's oud, especially in "Elli Yeddi Hag Ennas",a song that would feel at home anywhere from Marseilles to Aden - just change the language here and there.

And as if there wasn't enough in the mix already, we're treated to a tantalising direct-to-stereo cut (I believe they call it as-live in sound-engineers jargon), "Cancion Sefardi", a reworking of a 16th centurySpanish-Jewish traditional song with French Renaissance overtones. This is Radio Tarifa at their most reflective, harnessing all the melancholy of the lost Sephardic musical traditions of the Iberian peninsula.

The release of Tarifa'sfourth longplayer also marks the anniversary of their first release, ten years ago. And although there are now many artists and groups working in this idiom around the Mediterranean, Radio Tarifa remain probably the most innovative and imaginative. An essential purchase for your festive-season juerga! --John Armstrong

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Louise Stanley on 31 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Tarifa are incredible - I am a big fan of their swirling music, though not always of live albums or recordings. Indeed, I think they sound better on studio recordings, as the texture of the music is allowed to develop rather than being reduced to the tinny, applause-laden sound common to many live albums. The vocals are also slurred, particularly on Rondo Sanabrio, which makes the live version a bit less entrancing than the studio recording.
However the sound does break through in places, and when it does, is as superlative as their three studio recordings (and what's more you don't have to sit through the percussion-only tracks which irritate me on "Rumba Argelina", "Temporal" and "Cruzando El Rio". The outstanding track is "El Mandil de Carolina" - always my favourite on record and the only one actually enhanced by the live recordings. Otherwise, "Rondo Sanabrio" and "Cancion Sephardi", two of my favourite studio tracks, are paler in comparison live but still make the grade. The other tracks have been chosen well (my favourite from "Cruzando...", "Quinto", is pretty difficult to do live, as are some of the slower tracks from the third album - people at a concert don't want to listen to a mixture of slow and fast, they want the big numbers belted out to them).
4 stars only because this is still a live recording, but if you like Tarifa, the sleevenotes will give you a better insight into their work than other recordings do.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
The new album from Radio Tarifa is very different from their previous albums as this is a recording of a live concert in Canada and they have used more electric instruments than on their previous albums. This has changed the sound and feel of the group’s performance some tracks have benefited from this and obviously some have not.
There are only 3 new tracks on this album and the rest are taken from their previous albums: - Rumba Argelina, Temporal and Cuzando El Rio.
The new tracks are:-
Track 1 Jota Bereber, Track 2. Elli Yeddi Hey Ennas and Track 12. Fiebre
I must say that Elli Yeddi Hey Ennas on its own makes buying the album worthwhile the amount of feeling and energy that is in this track is absolutely fantastic.
If you are a fan of this type of music you should try to get some albums of the following artists Lluis Llach and Martin Rago but I think you will only be able to obtain these in Spain.
All in all this album is worth every penny.. Good one Radio Tarifa.
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By Ms C M Lawes on 26 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first bought Radio Tarifa not knowing anything about them and have loved their blend of Spanish and African rhythms ever since. This album doesn't disappoint.
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20 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "crisceltic" on 31 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
A couple of months ago, I was invited by a friend to see a concert in Murcia, where we live. I have heard of the band, Radio tarifa, but I was not very sure about the type of music they played. I did not have anythingelse to do so I said yes.
Thank God I did. I've never been in a better concert: the music was brilliant; the musicians, incredible performers; people could not stop dancing and singing. Of course, the following day, I bought the album, Fiebre, and since then, I listen to it almost every day. The album, a live concert they did in America, sounds just like the concert I went to. This is why I like it so much. The only thing missing are the people dancing around me, but I close my eyes, and dance and the feeling of the concert comes back to me. Brilliant job, Radio Tarifa.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4 stars for fans, 3.5 for neutral observers... 28 Dec. 2004
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This Spanish trio is one of the most creative and eclectic world music bands of recent vintage... This is a driving, dynamic live set that captures a more aggressive side of Radio Tarifa's sound, in particular a tilt toward jazz-tinged improvisation, and an emphasis on individual virtuosity and impassioned, in-the-moment performances. Personally, I'm more drawn to the moody melodic side that the group shows on its studio albums, but this album does show that they can summon a lot of live-action firepower as well, and aren't just another pretty-sounding world-music studio project. If you're a Tarifa fan already, you'll probably want to check this out.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Exciting, intense fusion of musics from India to Spain 22 Mar. 2006
By Frank Camm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Exciting, intense. Audience participation just kicks it up a notch. More room for long improvisations than on a studio album, but most remains tight. An ever-varying fusion of Indian, Middle Eastern, Balkan, Arabic, Spanish, and rock idioms. Each track highlights a few, layering them or placing each in a distinct instrument. The fusion never homogenizes; rather, it juxtaposes in a way that reveals underlying connections. Tracks often break from one distinct style to another, and sometimes return or cycle-another form of effective juxtaposition. Vocal is typically world-weary. Drone woodwinds can deepen this; tight polyrhythms can throw it in sharp contrast. Many different elements offer lots of opportunities for varying textures, which the band exploits well. Precise notes on specific origins of each track mainly point to Spanish sources; sounds much more hybrid to me. [56:51]
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Authenticity pounded by theater 8 Dec. 2006
By JoeG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I own all four Radio Tarifa CDs, but I must admit that I don't like the live CD "Fiebre" at all. I listened to it 3-4 times and then put it away. Though other reviewers term it "exciting", to me it sounded like the individual musicians were trying too hard to "intensify" their solos for the sake of the on-stage performance.

I find that one of the beauties of live flamenco concerts - of which RT's style is a unquestionably a spinoff - is that the music is astoundingly "controlled", even the most fiery of solos. There's no Jimi Hendrix, playing with his teeth. In fact, the only "show-off" flamenco guitarist I've ever seen was a German. He's a great guitar player, but analytical, and someone who had clearly mastered his craft through study - definitely not "a natural". He compensated by hopping around on his chair while playing, but his "vibrancy" looked like the result of fire ants in his underpants, not hereditary soul.

In most of the solos in the Fiebre concert, I got the impression the musicians were "showing off" - appealing to the audience rather than focussing on their music - which is the antithesis of what I like.

If you want to try Radio Tarifa, buy Rumba Argelina. It's great, but it demonstrates the problem created by a fantastic first album: the group has a hard time living up to expectations. Imagine if Sergeant Pepper had been the Beatles' first!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A bit of a taste, a bit of a tease 5 Dec. 2005
By Reg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've given this live album 4 stars only, simply because I know from experience how utterly mesmerising Radio Tarifa are in the flesh. "Fiebre" has a good crack at capturing the charisma of their live performances, but like most live albums manages to not quite make it. How can a simple sound recording replicate the experience of being there?

If you get the chance to see Radio Tarifa live, take it. Travel great distances, cross freezing mountains and boiling deserts. These guys are utterly brilliant live.

It would not be daft to call them a great rock and roll band. Once they are on the stage, there is no build up, they just hit it, hard and fast. The sheer intensity, the obvious joy they get from playing, the dazzling musical skill, all add up to an overwhelming power.

Listening to Tarifa's studio recordings, you may expect a studious, intellectual exercise, more conservatoire than grimy bar.

Nah. You get fire and brimstone, instrumental gun-slinging. Ever seen sometime laying down a red hot solo on a custom electric Oud? I thought not somehow ...

Do not miss if you get the opportunity.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Astoundingly passionate CD! Just beautiful. 24 Mar. 2007
By Tara - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I LOVE this CD!! Every track is fantastic! If I were rich, I'd buy a thousand copies and start passing them out on street corners so that more people would know how wonderful this album is.

Radio Tarifa is tremendously talented, with a unique sound. They combine flamenco sounds of Southern Spain with Arabic sounds from Northern Africa. They even use ancient arabic instruments.

This particular album was recorded live (in Canada, I think) and it makes me wish I had been there to hear it. If you've ever been at a live performance where the tension is thick, and the electricity tangible...well, this album is one of those.

This album makes me want to close my eyes and whirl. It makes me feel alive. My senses are heightened. My skin tingles. My mind races. My heart beats louder.

What more can I say? If you like this type of sound, you will love this album. Beautiful. Electric.
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