Tebas - Iceberg (2) - Tutankhamon (CD, Album)
Their next two albums surpass this one as they are more to my tastes. Rock came late in Spain due to the dictatorship of general Franco, and therefore this album although dating from '75 sounds in many ways as earlier records from the UK Album) rock was not much influential in Spain at that time. As with many 70's records what is lovely here is the sense of authenticity.
It was still too early to talk about influences, genres, clones and things like that, as we excessively do today. The guys simply did what felt right to them at the time, and there and then this happened to Tebas - Iceberg (2) - Tutankhamon (CD simply wonderful music. The core of Iceberg were keyboardist Josep "Kitflus" Mas and guitarist Max Sunye, both coming from a jazz environment, but the times were prone for symphonic rock and they embraced the genre eagerly, resulting in a delighful album which blens symphonic, jazz- fusion, still a few atmospheric psychedelic traces and pure 70's rock.
This is authentically personal music, not trying to copy anybody. No long suites, no excessive focus on virtuosity, no bombastic feeling, just simply great music. It's a concept album about the famous pharaoh although it does not tell a specific storyline but just assorted themes around his figure.
It's sung half in spanish half in english and unfortunately the voice is not the strong point, but the composition and instrumental work more than compensate for it. The starter "Tebas" is a great short instrumental overture, reminds me somehow of the wonderful debut album of Ted Rundgren's Utopia.
If only all pop songs were like this. This is more jazz-rock-oriented prog, the voice is not great and the production is improvable by today's standards, but this is really wonderful authentic music very worth knowing about for a prog fan.
And unlike their posterior releases which are clearly more jazz oriented, Tutankhamon was a lovable attempt from this band to create a prog-rock album in the vein of Yes, Camel with a touch of King Crimson. So, it's nothing really new or truly original to be heard in this record, but it's surely worth your time nevertheless if you are into this kind of music.
The album opens with Tebas, a Little instrumental track with beautiful melodies which are very Yes influenced. Sacerdotes has another great riff at the beginning and curious saxophone which contribute with some extra symphonic elements.
The lyrics are sadly a bit ridiculous, but that's the weakest point of the band anyway. But this problem is not to be find in Amarna, an instrumental composition with some wah wah guitars, mellotron and a fine dark atmosphere.
In my opinion, this mixture of Spanish Tebas - Iceberg (2) - Tutankhamon (CD English lyrics was a mistake. They should have made the whole album at Spanish and after this experience is not a surprise that they became totally instrumental on their second release Coses Nostres. Amenphis is another instrumental song with some Syberian Kathru influences while Himno al Tebas - Iceberg (2) - Tutankhamon (CD is one of the centerpieces of the album, this time with even interesting lyrics and excellent guitars.
And also, an excellent guitar and keyboards playing is to be find in La Muerte, a good instrumental ruined by a boring drums solo. Close to God is a song that could have been recorded by The Flower Kings years later, being an obvious influence for this great Swedish band. And his beautiful and dreamy track is perfectly linked to Too Young to Be a Pharaoh, the best track of the album with a killer riff, great vocal interpretation and a guitar which could have Album) played by Steve Howe himself.
After his adrenaline discharge, a reprise from Tebas closes the album in a fine way. Conclusion: in a land so complicated for prog-rock like Spain, Iceberg managed to release a very solid 70's prog album which works almost like a single track. Coherent, well written and with very solid instrumental skills by the whole band. Is was by no terms groundbreaking or truly original, with influenced that are a bit too obvious, but it will surely please you if you like the typical 70's prog rock made from the heart.
La Muerte Close to God Too Young to be a Pharaoh Tebas bonus: Their music is a shifting, complex mixture of fusion guitar and symphonic keyboards. Anyone who like's that RTF album will flip over Iceberg.
The scorching guitar dueling it out with the sizzling synthesizer will make you drop your jaw. Tebas 2. Prologo 3. Sacerdotes de Amon 4. Amarna 5. Lying on the sand 6. Amenofis IV El Hereje 7. Himno al sol 8. La muerte 9.
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