IA - BATISTE
Un gran dia
Cat Nº: 910443-02
PSYCHEDELIC(60s-70s) / FOLK (60s-70s)
Key duo from the catalan folk scene, result of the union between Ia Clua (from “2+1”) and Jordi Batiste (one of the leading forces of Máquina! together with Enric Herrera), after the later one’s return from military service.
“Un Gran Día”, the duo’s first album, was recorded at the end of 1972 with the help of such outstanding musicians as Manel Joseph (ex “2+1”, Ia’s early band)), Joaquín “Max” Suñé (Vértice, Tapiman, Iceberg and a neverending etc ) & Albert Batiste (Musica Dispersa).
The result is an amazing & varied musical tapestry, best heard in the record’s first side, a long suite covering from orchestral folk-pop with some psych leanings (“Un Gran Día”, “Max”) to straight in-your-face hard rock (“Sleeping Rock”) via typical early 70’s prog rock (“Oliba”) or uncathegorisable experiments which defy all rules (“Reprise”) and show perfectly the freaky stage reached by the catalan scene in it’s early years (as a matter of fact, the record is sung in english and catalan…)
This CD release features one bonus track as well (same as on the vinyl release on the great Wah-Wah label), and has 12-page booklet with lyrics and photos.