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Paco de Lucía is inarguably one of the most iconic artists today, and one of the few remaining living legends who represents a musical culture and heritage which – outside of Spain – has remained relatively obscure, and little understood. He is known worldwide as the master of flamenco guitar. Perhaps much of what is not known about him is what makes De Lucía stand ... Read more in Amazon's Paco de Lucia Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Aug. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Box set
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B0000A0A47
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,077,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thiago Pedroso on 27 Dec. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great recordings, great selection. After all, it's supposed to be integral, right? We should expect nothing else. A must have for every Paco fan.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Paco de Lucia: the greatest flamenco guitarist 22 Jun. 2004
By Ian K. Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Paco de Lucía, it can be reasonably asserted, is the greatest guitarist ( "tocaor" ) in flamenco's history. This 26 CD set, containing his complete solo recordings (as of 1998) provides, in tandem with his work as accompanist to legendary singer Camarón de La Isla, as complete an overview as one could ask for in assessing Paco's colossal contribution to flamenco music.
The following are brief comments on the most notable albums contained in this set:
"FUENTE Y CAUDAL" (1973) shows the 25 year-old Paco as a completely formed musician, already acknowledged within flamenco culture as its premier guitarist (a position he has yet to relinquish). This album is most renowned for the opening "Entre Dos Aguas", a "rumba" that propelled Paco from (mere) renown to certifiable fame. The intense and expressive character of this piece was a unique inspiration that influenced countless numbers of flamenco musicians. For the first time on record, Paco played in an ensemble (including electric bass and congas) that was, at that time, unusual in flamenco music. The title track, a mournful free-form "taranta", is one of Paco's most profound creations, never failing to send chills up the spine. "Cepa Andaluza" is another standout, an explosive piece in the "bulería" style which Paco himself has described as the most complex and characteristic flamenco form. Accompanied "por fiesta" by "palmas" and "jaleos" (hand-claps & shouts of encouragement), this cut practically jumps out of the speaker.
"ALMORAIMA" (1976) was a landmark event in flamenco music, paying unprecedented attention (for flamenco) to production values while displaying a number of other unique characteristics, not the least of which regarding instrumentation. Electric bass and congas are used on portions of almost all the compositions while a mixed choir is deployed on others. Apart from arrangements, the compositions themselves are much more sophisticated than any Paco had written up to that time, exhibiting remarkable advances in form and invention. Some of Paco's greatest tunes are featured, many of which he plays on tours to this day. "Rio Ancho" is a propulsive, bossa nova style "rumba" with a beautifully expressive melody. The title track, a pulsating "bulerías", is notably Moorish in melodic contour, accentuated by Paco's use of a nylon string "oud" (Arabic lute). The magisterial "Llanos del Real", in the plangent "minera" form, provides a haunting conclusion.
"INTERPRETA DE FALLA" (1978) has beautiful renditions of Spanish composer Manuel de Falla's pieces (mostly excerpts from his famous ballets). In Paco's hands these pieces are given earthy yet delicate treatments, emphasizing the strong influence which flamenco music had on Falla.
"SOLO QUIERO CAMINAR" (1981) was recorded fresh on the heels of Paco's world tour with the famous "guitar trio" (Paco, John McLaughlin & Al Di Meola). Several tunes feature his newly formed group (Paco de Lucía Sextet), an ensemble (guitars, vocals, flute/sax, electric bass, percussion) overwhelmingly influential in the new flamenco blossoming throughout Spain in the 1980's. The title track is a "tangos" with the moving melismatic singing of Paco's brother, Pepe de Lucia. "Palenque" opens up some improvisatory interplay (nice sax solo by Jorge Pardo) while the ingenious "Monasterio de Sal" is duet between Paco and bassist Carlos Benevant. "Chanela" has Paco playing lightning fast "picado" lines and complex Brazilian chords to the grooving congas of Rubem Dantas. The passionate "Piñonate" is "flamenco puro", Paco's "tocando por bulerías" at an all-out level of fiesta intensity.
"SIROCO" (1987) is another pioneering effort, equal parts tradition and innovation, borne both of Paco's intensely deep reflection and knowledge of "flamenco puro" plus his experiences with jazz musicians such as Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. The mastery displayed on this album is simply staggering- in terms of technical virtuosity ("La Barrosa"), harmonic innovation ( "Callejón del Muro" ) and emotional expression ("Gloria al Niño Ricardo") or rather, all of these elements combined, this recording remains without question the Everest of flamenco guitar playing.
"ZYRAB" (1990), much less ambitious than its lofty predecessor, was pieced together in somewhat haphazard fashion. Nonetheless, it contains quite a bit of good music. "Tio Sabas" is Paco's moving tribute ("por tarantas") to the legendary maestro Sabicas while "Soniquete" is yet another incredible "bulerías", bristling with new ideas. "Compadres" is a tightly woven duet with Paco's great contemporary, Manolo Sanlúcar, and the title track (a "fusion" piece with Arabic overtones) features Chick Corea on piano. "Playa del Carmen" is an infectious "rumba" performed by the Sextet. There is even a romantic popular piece (synthesized string accompaniment) entitled "Canción de Amor".
"CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ" (1991) is Paco's marvelous rendition of Joaquin Rodrigo's famous guitar concerto. The elderly composer, present at the performance, was lavish in his praise (small wonder, considering Paco's sensitive and powerful rendering of the achingly beautiful "adagio").
"LUZIA" (1998), is certainly the most intimate (and quite possibly best) recording of Paco's career. Dedicated to his late mother, the album contains strong, inventive and often broodingly introspective material, particularly in the slower pieces ( "La Villa Vieja" and "Luzía" ). As a counterweight, there is light and warmth in the Andean melodies of "Manteca colorá " and Duquende's passionate vocals in "Me regalé ". The two "bulerías" are yet further examples of Paco's creativity and command within that most characteristic flamenco form. The album finishes on a pensive note with "Camarón", a stunningly beautiful free-form "rondeña" dedicated to Paco's late friend.
CONCLUSION:
Paco de Lucía, a musician of genius, possesses an abundance of what in flamenco is known as "duende": the ability to summon up seemingly inexpressible profundity and communicate it to others. There are quite a few moments of Paco's "duende" heard on this box set, which is unreservedly recommended to flamenco aficionados and all lovers of great music.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
AWESOME SET, BUT THE DESCRIPTION ISN'T CORRECT 1 Dec. 2011
By BOB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This review is for the 2011 edition.

I'm guessing that this new 2011 set is an update from the earlier release: It has 27 albums, where the older set apparently had 25, and it has no printed material, like the book mentioned in the text above. There is no room inside the box for anything but the 27 album sleeves.

The material itself is fabulous. There just can't be that many humans on the planet that have this level of skill and dexterity. It's also great to hear all these older recordings that were never available on CD until these sets. The mastering is perfect, even on the titles recorded in the 60's.

I would have liked to have had the afore-mentioned book, but I'll take this set for $300 less all day long.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Shipment to Europe 30 Aug. 2007
By wolfgang yodell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Item was delivered within advised timeline, shipment box was slightly damaged (maybe have been dropped?), but inside CD's were all okay. Reliable and good service.

Warning: when shipping Amazon items into Switzerland, swiss mail will have to get shipment checked by swiss customs and thereby a considerable import charge will be added (7.6% & 10chf fee for checking).
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great service! 17 May 2012
By Luchansa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am very satisfied with my purchase. I cannot believe how fast I got it. I was a little worried when I ordered and for no reason. This was an exccellent experience and I am enjoying Paco! Thank you!
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