Sat Eye Candy: Spain


40 years of dictatorship came to an end on this day in 1978 when Spain officially adopted a new constitution and became a democracy. Now one of the most prosperous, open countries in Europe, Spain has flourished in the past three decades. It's sobering to think one it's only been 30 years, and a reminder that many still struggle towards personal & political freedom around the world today. We honor this anniversary with a selection of tunes somehow or another connected with Spain.

We begin with Chick Corea and a simmering trio version of his classic "Spain" from 1992 in Tokyo, where Corea's electric piano manipulations are joined by Vinnie Colaiuta (drums) and John Patitucci (bass).

And here's John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia working their acoustic guitar magic on Chick's tune.

Rodolfo Chikilicuatre's "Chiki Chiki" is the kind of thing that could never be created under General Francisco Franco, i.e. freaky dance music the kids can take drugs to! This was Spain's 2008 entry in the Eurovision song competition.

One of our hands down faves around JamBase is Manu Chao, who embodies the truly international bent of modern Spain. Here's "La Primavera" and "Radio Bemba" performed live in Brooklyn in 2006.

Dutch artists The Nits offer up their "Sketches of Spain." It's not Miles but it's hella evocative.

Now, here's saxophone great Dave Liebman with L'Ochestre du CNR de Toulouse conducted by Jean-Charles Richard performing a portion of Miles Davis' "Sketches of Spain."

Next, a little prog love for ya with Gentle Giant and "Two Weeks In Spain" from 1978.

We conclude this week with Elvis Presley doing Three Dog Night's "Never Been To Spain" in 1972.

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[Published on: 12/27/08]

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ClaysTribe starstarstarstarstar Sat 12/27/2008 11:37AM
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so do i know have to talk like this?

or more like pure nectar of human

bigworld Sat 12/27/2008 01:17PM
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the chorus of the Manu Chao vid is some serious high octane

Sigur_Ros Sat 12/27/2008 03:04PM
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Absolutely love Manu Chao and that video...

cant wait to study abroad in Seville Spring 09!!!

WidespreadPhanic Sat 12/27/2008 04:19PM
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tio, soy americano pero estoy estudiando en barcelona por un ano (hasta 31 de mayo). Visitare seville la proxima primavera, quieres fumar? Tengo lo que es de puta madre....

Big Andy Sun 12/28/2008 07:11AM
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Big Andy

isnt democracy grand. its amazing what can happen with freedom. hopefully iraq uses their freedom wisely so we can talk about their progress in 30 yrs

Booze Sun 12/28/2008 08:40AM
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That manu chao show was amazing, best concert I've seen in years. Also, where is Ojos de Brujo? Great band out of Barcelona. A blend of gypsy flamenco and hip hop>unbelievable.

DAMONCORY starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/29/2008 10:56AM
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Cool Sat. eye candy idea. Im going to have to get some Manu Chao stuff.

I HIGHLY recomend visiting Spain. San Sebastian/Donostia & Cadaques were my favorite spots. Go see the Dali house in Portlligat/Cadaques, it is amazing.

happydestiny starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/30/2008 03:12AM
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I was just deep water soloing (ropeless rock climbing) in spain and seems like just yesterday. glorious country, viva mallorca!!!