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  • Audio CD (6 Oct. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rubyworks
  • ASIN: B0000BXBY8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,981 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Diem
  2. New One
  3. Foc
  4. Georges Street / The Tartar Frigate
  5. 30 De Marzo
  6. Paris
  7. Take 5
  8. Temple Bar

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Rodrigo y Gabriela will be supporting Will Young on his fourthcoming 22 date, Sold Out UK tour. Especially requsted by Will Young himself, this tour can only enhance the rapidly building profile of this excellent duo. Rodrigo y Gabriela arrived in Ireland from Mexico a couple of years ago and have since then built up a huge following bowling audiences over with their virtuoso guitar playing. On their debut album "Re-Foc" they are joined by a host of musicians including Zoe Conway on fiddle, Johnny Daly on double bass and Robbie Harris on percussion. Together they play a lively blend of jazz, world and folk.

BBC Review

To the unattuned ear, flamenco can seem jarring, discordant and depressing, an unnerving combination of guitar in staccato mode and voices given over to sudden spasms of passion.

As an upbeat, ultra-accessible alternative, Rodrigo and Gabriela play a melodious riff-based sound influenced by the lamentations of southern Spain but not restricted to - or really rooted in - them. Instead, they aim to entertain, delight and make feet tap. Like the music of virtuoso guitar giants José Feliciano and Paco de Lucia, this is picking for performance, with some impressive, impossibly fast fretwork and lots of mutual, competitive emoting. Their live show went down a storm at WOMAD this year and the hooks are as addictive as they are seductive -R&G appeal way beyond the usual World Music specialist circuit.

The Mexican-born duo has settled in Ireland, and enjoys there a faithful following as 'exotic' expat Latinos. A couple of tracks pay tribute to their new homeland and there's a Celtic bodhran on "Georges St/The Tartar Frigate", but most of the backing comes from bongo, shakers and cajón. It is neat and natty and all gels together seamlessly to the point of slickness.

But 'foc' is Catalan for fire (just to throw in another culture) and this album is more a home to gently heated numbers. It even manages to include the classic Paul Desmond jazz standard "Take 5"in order, perhaps, to please all. Evocative as it all is, it feels a bit like an Andalucian-tinted postcard and those accustomed to more searching sounds will be left wanting. There can, though, be no doubting the promise of this duo, and the Irish-Hispanic mix could be a heady source of future experiments - and no doubt some hits. --Chris Moss

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I was lucky enough to see these two when they were starting out, opening in a near-empty nightclub in Dublin, and busking on Dublin's streets. I was blown away by the skill and the heart they demonstrated in their playing, and rememember thinking how unjust it was and how under-appreciated these fantastic muscians were. It gives me such hope that through sheer peserverance and hard work these guys have worked themselves up from obscurity to deserved recognition, and also at how they have kept their warmth, sense of fun, and excitement in their playing.

I don't think that this album does justice to their staggering live perfomances, but I strongly recommend anyone buy it, (in particular if you are a guitarist yourself). It will be enough to convince you to see them live if you get the chance.
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If a new listener, Diem will probably capture you first, as it is quite easy to catch the hooks.
But every track deserves its place on this album, with the instrumentation and skill up to top knotch these Mexicans are truly blessed with fast fingers.
Of course half the compositons are based around Metallica's well balanced riffs, yet it's what the two guitarists take from that band to make their own is the key factor. I have heard Rodrigo and Gabriela play Wish You Were Here, Stairway to Heaven, One, Orion etc, yet how they turn these songs to their style is amazing.
Sangre y Ritmo is infected with superbly mixed chords, while Foc is their trademark track; featuring frenetic and fast guitar playing - described by the pair as "crazy."
Even if you listen to this album and say "It's too Spanish," give it another while to grow on you and make you realise that really, there is no genre available yet to describe the music. It isn't Spanish, it isn't flamenco, it isn't rock, it isn't jazz, it isn't post anything, and it hasn't been done before.
They also can't read muisc!
And I've seen them 4 times!
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This has to be the worst music ever to put on when your trying to concentrate on something else! as soon as it starts i sit back, stare out the window, and listen in awe to two amazing musicians. I only come around again at the end of the song and think "dammit not again! I'll never get this work done." in other words amazing, buy it. in fact buy all their cds!
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A lot more laid back than the likes of 11 : 11 but it shows how versatile there music is & how talented they are as musicians , undoubtedly the best acoustic guitar players that you are ever likely to hear ! You will not disappointed when you purchase any of there cds .
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They have never been off my most played list since I heard Stairway to Heaven on world music selection on long haul. This is only my second album but I chose carefully. Not too samey and different enough to confirm them as unique masters of their style.
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Really fascinating mix of influences played on acoustic guitars..some flamenco, jazz, metal all mixed into a very listenable album. Only problem is - can't tell who is Rodrigo and who is Gabriela! They should have mixed it so each person's role is clearer or their guitars sounded more different. But overall, excellent!
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Why have you not already bought this cd? OK you're looking to see how good the reviews are, stop wasting time and buy it NOW.
These two young people are simply stunning, and if you have ever suffered from the slightest amount of pain in your fingers, watch Gabriela's masterclass on youtube! It'll make you wince.
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This music is superb!!!! Its exactly what I need whilst we are cursed to live in interesting times.
You will praise the day you bought this, as its music that really lifts the soul.
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