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B Vocal: Vocalitessen

Spain's fast-rising all male a cappella quintet (soon to become a sextet) b vocal, the only European group among 80 groups selected to compete in the 2010 Harmony Sweepstakes Regional competition in America, took first place, earning tickets to San Rafael, California as one of 8 groups singing for the coveted National Championship. B vocal was founded in Zaragoza in 1995 and has been pursuing an international career, touring extensively in Europe and Asia and winning the Graz International A Cappella Music Festival in 2006. Comprised of Gonzalez, Jean Luis, Fermin, Alberto and Carlos, the group has released, in addition to Vocalitessen, five excellent albums, "Cinco voces son risas," "Entre abades y juglares," "Seis voces... ?nada mas?," "Rebisiones," and "Comicapela!" We have just experienced b vocal's (as a sextet) live show at the 2010 Harmony Sweeps Finals, where they won Audience Favorites by a huge margin and Third Place overall, and we have to say that these guys are as talented and funny as any group we have seen on the stage at Marin Veterans Auditorium! There are 18 finely-crafted tunes on "Vocalitessen," some of our favorites in English include a nice cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's "September," Robbie William's powerful "Feel," Irving Caesar's bluesy "Just A Gigolo" (which segues into "I Ain't Got Nobody"); George Michael's "Careless Whisper," Lieber and Stoller's very fun "Hound Dog" and the traditional spiritual "Oh Happy Day. In Spanish, Carlos Marco's faux horns-rich "No Puedo Mas," Augusto Gonzalez' "Corazones Sin Dueno" and "A Todo Ritmo;" and Coti's lovely "Antes Que Ver El Sol." In fact, there's so much yummy stuff here, especially the Spanish material, which is mostly new to us, that we hardly know what to choose. Just pick fast-rising b vocals "Vocalitessen" and enjoy! Beautiful, full-color liner notes. Our Favorite: "Hound Dog," cut #11.

Item code: 1786C | 1 CD | $15.95 |add item to cart
Contemporary | A Cappella | Male
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