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La Fase - 1995 La Fase



ARTIST: La Fase
ALBUM: La Fase
LABEL: Q Records FAC
SERIAL: FAC 031
YEAR: 1995

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Javier Garcia - guitars, vocals * Jesus Herrera - keyboards * Emilio Serrano - bass * Rafa Andreu - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Siento Soledad * 02 Amor Sin Fin * 03 Aire * 04 Angel * 05 Saldre Por Ti * 06 Pedir Perdon * 07 Solo Tu * 08 Llorando Estas * 09 Obsesion * 10 Rozar Tu Piel * 11 A Tu Lado * 12 Alguien


Background
La Fase were an unheralded Spanish band who really should've featured more prominently in the hallowed halls of GLORY-DAZE. They play a fantastic brand of keyboard laced AOR, with too many comparisons to other bands to bear thinking about - that is a compliment believe me. Like many of their countrymen, La Fase sing in Spanish, but take nothing away, this is teriffic stuff. If it wasn't for Ian McIntosh's long lost AOR Basement website, then La Fase would've remained the obscurity that they are today. Ok, you've put me on the spot.. musical reference points? Well, House of Lords, Dare, Saga, FM, Journey.. the key thing is that La Fase are undoubtedly AOR.


The Songs
La Fase open up with 'Siento Soledad', the intro is a complex array of keyboard effects that would have Gregg Giuffria interested! The track itself is tight and punchy and full of keyboard interludes. I love it! 'Aire' is the pick of the bunch, a fantastic racy excursion into melodic pomp. The keyboard runs here are delightful. Not far behind is 'Solo Tu' has a high-tech edge to it, sort of like Robert Tepper meets Saga, particularly the way they use the synth bass to drive the song. 'Pedir Pardon' is the bands big power ballad, and it works a treat. Big drums, plucked strings, and rich choruses all make for a dramatic effect. 'Angel' has a meandering Dare like acoustic sheen to it, you could quite easily hear this on 'Belief' or any of their other MTM releases. 'A Tu Lado' is another power ballad which has Steve Overland and FM written all over it. If this was an offcut from their 'Indiscreet' sessions and converted to the Spanish language it certainly wouldn't surprise me!


In Summary
The band deliver twelve tracks, excellent quality all round. The keyboard work of Senor Herrera is awesome to say the least, some very clever pieces and interesting use of synths make this album an air keyboardists dream. Again to maximise the listening experience, listen to it under a set of good quality headphones. The production of Miguel Collado, who also contributes with the music helps lift this album to a higher place. A difficult album to find nowadays, unless you are perusing the record bins of stores in Madrid that is. However, a very good example of keyboard driven AOR from a Spanish perspective. You don't really need to worry about the lyrics in this case, the music will take care of that for you - it is sublime.


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