Saturday, February 28, 2015

Manal - 1971 - El Leon

Manal 
1971
El Leon




01. No hay tiempo de más
02. Blues de la amenaza nocturna
03. Soy del sol
04. Paula (quiero ver dónde estás)
05. Si no hablo de mí
06. Hoy todo anda bien
07. (Te quiero) mujer sin nombre
08. El león (despierta un león)
09. Doña Laura [Bonus Track]
10. Elena (vas mal así) [Bonus Track]
11. Vamos a la vida [Bonus Track]
12. Libre como ayer [Bonus Track]


Alejandro Medina (bass, vocals)
Claudio Gabis (guitar)
Javier Martínez (drums, vocals)



El león –a more rock oriented LP– was not as good as its predecessor. Anyway, it features great songs like "Blues de la amenaza nocturna", "Paula" or "Si no hablo de mí". A single with two non-album tracks was also released.

Shortly afterwards, Manal split. Medina and Gabis went to La Pesada and released solo albums. Martínez left Argentina, until in 1981 (due to Almendra's successful comeback) he returned for Manal's own comeback! They toured and released two new forgettable albums (one recorded live). Despite the lack of artistic success, they actually insisted on reuniting again in 1995 for yet another live comeback and another live album! (No comment).

In 1972, El león was reissued with extra tracks as Manal (RCA Vik LZ-1225). In 1973 an excellent double LP set was released featuring the first Mandioca album, all Mandioca singles, and unreleased tracks. It was given the innovative title Manal (Talent SE 386/7) (better known as "Manal double album").

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