Singing, dancing and, of course, “zapateo” are the three disciplines that conform flamenco. Dancing and “zapateo” are the most visual disciplines as while dancers are moving, they movements are energetic and temperamental, that makes from flamenco a spectacle from which it is difficult to look away; on the other hand, singing is more sentimental, a strong sound that catches the listener. Flamenco music is the element that unites the three disciplines to create a unique show.
Spanish guitar, Cajon flamenco, castanets, chopsticks and, of course, voice and clapping are the main instruments of flamenco music. Throughout History, flamenco has given some great artists who have known how to use these instruments to make flamenco known and appreciated all over the world.
The best flamenco albums in history
Considered by many as the best flamenco albums in history, these are ten of the best albums that have helped to forge the legend of flamenco music and to turn it into a universal artistic expression:
- Fuente y Caudal, by Paco de Lucia. The album that confirmed the technical perfection of the guitarist, this LP catapulted Paco de Lucía to stardom. Fuente y Caudal also has the merit of having aroused interest in flamenco to sectors that, until its publication, had never been interested in this kind of music. Among the pieces that collect the disc is the famous “Entre dos aguas”.
- Concierto Flamenco para un marinero en Tierra, by Vicente Amigo. The maestro of the guitar Vicente Amigo puts music to the work of Rafael Alberti. In addition to composing and playing, Amigo also performs part of the flamenco voices in this LP.
- Cantes gitanos, from La niña de los Peines. The best work of the legendary Niña de los Peines, the most relevant female figure in the history of flamenco, accompanied on this album by some of the best guitarists of the moment. An essential work of one of the best female flamenco voices.
- La reina del embrujo, by Carmen Amaya. Although she is known as a flamenco dancer, Carmen Amaya also showed talent for flamenco singing, proof of this this album which is pure flamenco emotion.
- La leyenda del tiempo, of Camarón de la Isla. Work of rupture, transgression and renewal of flamenco. Due to its innovative sound, when was launched it was a failure, but time has managed to give this work the place it deserves as one of the best flamenco records in history.
- Del Amanecer, by José Mercé. A record that consecrated Mercé as one of the greats of flamenco. José Mercé puts the voice, and Vicente Amigo accompanies the guitar, the result is a sublime, elegant, sentimental and poetic mix, and indispensable album to those who appreciate the real sound of flamenco.
- Omega, by Enrique Morente. Poeta en Nueva York, by Federico García Lorca, through the voice of Morente. It is a record of rupture and projection to the future marked by the personal and intimate style that Morente gives to all his works. Thanks to Omega, Morente was awarded the National Music Prize, becoming the first flamenco artist who got it.
- Tauromagia, by Manolo Sanlúcar. Andalusia in its purest form are the result of a work that combines flamenco and bullfighting, the magic that the guitarist achieves in this work, makes it considered one of the best flamenco records of all time.
- Jóvenes Maestros del Arte Flamenco, by Rafael Campallo. For all those who want to meet the different flamenco styles, this work by Campallo is essential. The record is instrumental, vocal and, of course, a dance show.
- Embrujo, from La Nitra. Passionate and sentimental, this work is pure flamenco poetry.
Any of these albums can be the perfect way to meet the wonderful and complex universe of flamenco. They can also be the necessary inspiration for you to dare, once and for all, to know why flamenco is not just a part of Andalusian folklore but an art that is appreciated everywhere, moreover, why the number of flamenco followers is increasing time after time. Who knows if, perhaps, spellbound by the musical charm of these records do not encourage you to take your first flamenco steps.