Twenty-five years after his opening album Manera, Fru-Fru, Manera, Fagner commemorates his highly successful career interpreting old hits sided by important or successful artists as guest stars: the fundamental samba singer Ângela Maria; the decisive composer Chico Buarque; the selling phenomenon Zezé di Camargo e Luciano; the important composers/performers Djavan, Luís Melodia, and Milton Nascimento; the great interpreter Emílio Santiago; and several others.
"La leyenda del tiempo" marked a giant step in the renewal of flamenco, both for originating from Camaron - who by now moved the masses around him - as well as for the bravery of including rock and jazz instrumentation in flamenco". Camaron de la Isla is one of the finest flamenco musicians Spain has ever produced, and this is perhaps his best album. It is one of the first–and most powerful–instances of traditional flamenco being melded with modern sounds (e.g. electric bass guitar and backing drums) but is LIGHT YEARS better than the hollow, fluffy modern flamenco fusion so popular today. Mixing traditional cante jondo with rock-influence, deep bass famenco fusions, "Leyenda del Tiemp" provides an amazing experience every listen.
The Musea label and the Finnish magazine Colossus endlessly continue their quest for the greatest universal themes, in order to complete their collection of concept-albums dedicated to Progressive rock. The hero of the day is Dante Alighieri, the famous medieval author from Firenze who wrote "The Divine Comedy". That's precisely this epic piece of work, without a doubt one of the greatest books of all times, that serves as the basis for this project. And of course, it has been divided in three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso. The first volume is made of thirty-four "cantos" dispatched on four discs, each one showing the personal interpretation of an international band, according to the rules of the genre: no drumboxes, the only instruments allowed are those of the mighty Seventies, the same as for the musical inspiration. Nuova Era, Nemo, Nexus, Willowglass, Ars Nova, Sinkadus, Simon Says and many more…
Not many records can be pinpointed as genuine historical turning points, but La Leyenda Del Tiempo is a bona fide before/after landmark in the flamenco world. El Camarón de la Isla, almost universally regarded as the greatest flamenco singer of all time, put aside his classic partnership with Paco de Lucía to record with different musicians and incorporate rock and jazz elements on an album often called the Sgt. Pepper's of flamenco. It was a radical, daring step by a singer in his late twenties who opened the door for a whole wave of musicians and bands who are still major figures in Spanish music. It cemented the legend of El Camarón de la Isla as a towering creative force who, much like Bob Marley in reggae, brought flamenco into the present without losing the essence of the root tradition.