2. Shady Lady
3. High Time
4. Dedicated To Lydia
6. The Gypsies
7. Siren Of The Sea
8. Come Back 9. Margarita
10. Flamenco Fever
11. Only Talking To Myself (For John)
2. La Luz
3. Tango For Pia
6. Dancing On A Cold Wind
CARMEN with its unique, avant-garde fusion of roots flamenco and rock first appeared on stage at El Cid Night Club on Sunset Strip, LAin the early 70’s before basing themselves in the UK. Having released their first two albums ‘Fandangos In Space’ and ‘Dancing On A Cold Wind’ (released by Angel Air in 2006 as a 2CD set SJPCD229) the band went back to the USA as supporting JETHRO TULL in 1974.
After the 44 date tour they went to Massachusetts where they recorded their final album ‘The Gypsies’. Fast forward 20 years and band leader DAVID ALLEN commenced work on ‘Widescreen’ which has occupied David for the past 10 years and is now released for the first time.
DAVID ALLEN, ANGELA ALLEN, JOHN GLASCOCK, ROBERTO AMARAL, PAUL FENTON, LAURENCE ELLIOTT-POTTER aka Larry Lush, JULIAN FERRARETTO
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)