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Antonio González "El Pescaílla" - Tiritando - out on Vampisoul

Antonio Gonzalez El Pescailla Tiritando
Antonio González "El Pescaílla" - Tiritando
(CD/LP) Vampisoul VAMPI131, 2011-09-12

Antonio González "El Pescaílla", husband of Spanish legendary artist Lola Flores, takes the limelight in this compilation of his best tracks for the Belter record label. The king of flamenco rumba at the peak of his power. Flamenco rumba is an irresistible style born out of the mixture of the gipsy tradition with elements from Cuban musical genres. Includes key titles of the genre such as 'Sarandonga', 'Que me coma el tigre', 'Sabor a mí' and 'Extraños en la noche' ('Strangers In The Night'). Several tracks feature vocal duets with Lola Flores.

Antonio Gonzalez El Pescailla Tiritando
Antonio González "El Pescaílla" - Tiritando
(CD/LP) Vampisoul VAMPI131, 2011-09-12

Tracklisting :
01. Levántate
02. Tiritando
03. Chica De Ipanema
04. Extraños En La Noche
05. Fiel Amigo
06. Sarandonga
07. Trulurele
08. Se Te Olvida
09. Lola
10. Si Yo Pudiera Detener El Tiempo
11. Alguien Cantó
12. Ámame Esta Noche
13. Sabor A Mí
14. El Meneíto
15. Dime
16. Muchacho Barrigón
17. Que Me Coma El Tigre
18. Somos

Links :
El Pescaílla : discogs | wikipedia
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Press Release :
Antonio González Batista was born in the Graçia neighbourhood, Barcelona, in 1926. The son of a gipsy man who earned a living as a fisherman (hence the nickname "El pescaílla", ie "The Young Hake"). Antonio used to help him while he carried out his trade, and at nights he also used to accompany him - more willingly, I imagine - when he sang and played guitar at El Tablao de la Pava.

Antonio would show his talent very early on. He learns the rules of the game soon and word quickly gets around in Barcelona. Well into the 1940s, he is already king of the flamenco rumba. His sense of rhythm starts to possess the perfect cadence, sparkling and free. It's a rhythm that sprouts from tradition and will improve with the Cuban influence: son, mambo, guaguancó, chachachá…

The infinite skill at marking the cadence of the rhythmic beat becomes masterful. He seasons his lyrical bitterness with succinct and measured strokes: some bongos here, rhythmic handclaps there, the precise guitar over there, some cajón drums… And the voice. Naked. The tone is proud, distinguished, tormented. With subtle cracks, runaway crescendos.

At the dawn of the 1950s, the long-lived artistic association between Lola Flores and Arturo Caracol comes to an end, torn apart by their personal break-up. Lola is determined to control her own destiny. She starts to forge her legend - not only the artistic one - and after a few love affairs she starts a relationship with Gerardo Coque, a football player for Atlético de Madrid and co-owner with her of her show. Smitten for a while with the young Antonio after seeing him in Madrid, she gets him to sign a contract with them. It will be just a matter of time: the flirting behind the scenes, the intimate proximity, the sideways glances, the art of seduction, soon have their effect. However, Antonio isn't and won't ever be as ambitious as Lola, and hands over both the professional and the artistic command, something rare according to tradition at that time.

History follows its course. Lola's myth is already huge, a giant monster that devours everything it finds in its way: men, audiences, songs, herself. Antonio decides to be a supporting actor rather than the lead. He becomes a mere guitarist to the outside world, accompanying the legend, father of her children, a discreet but solid support, and he withdraws more into himself. Films, tours, TV programs… His role is always secondary. Every now and then, there is a spark of genius: a song on one of her records, a minor role on the screen, two or three rumbas in the middle of a show, a single or EP ever more infrequently.

Like the crownless king of a kingdom without land, he decides to spend the last twenty years of his life as a recluse in his own exile: family, memories, friends, past glories, the odd party at "El Lerele" (the family's house) which might go on for days. In a genre that is wrongly considered to be just about fun, a mere tributary to something of more substance, it's always been counterproductive to remain silent. Even more when a loud voice has often been the natural way to be heard. Only a few - the great ones, as it happens - chose silence as the only worthy attitude. Antonio González Batista took that path all his life. On November 12, 1999, he quietly passed away.
Ximo Bonet


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