CARMEN The Gypsies/Widescreen

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Carmen first attracted media attention when no less a rock luminary than David Bowie expressed his personal admiration for the unusual brand of flamenco influenced rock that they were perfecting during the early seventies

Kevin Bryan, Hartlepool Mail (May 2007)


There are elements of Queen and Jethro Tull in the music and arrangements, but the nearest musical comparison is Babe Ruth Carmen were, in the main, genuinely trying to be different. Santana fans could do worse.

Michael Heatley, Record Collector (May 2007)


…a more easily digested, laid back sound…there are beautiful songs and musical moments here…

…the second CD of the set…is pleasant as background listening…Widescreen modernly fuses the Spanish music that is at its core with gentle electronic, mild jazz, and even a bit of funk (7.5/10)

Avi Shaked, www.maelstrom.nu (July 2007)


Widescreen, the second album in the package, is not strictly a Carmen album;
rather, it revives a solo project that occupied frontman David Clark Allen through the 1990s, an instrumental work that dances across many of the same pastures that Carmen bestrode with such joy, but shot through with so many other musical experiences that it really does feel like the old band is back

Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine (July 2007)

 

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