The Spanish Progressive Rock Encyclopedia

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 Musicians: (original line-up and changes between parenthesis)

Soloist musician (ex-Smash). Usual band: Gualberto (guitar and sitar), Todd Purcell (guitar and vocals), Arthur Wohl (violin), Antonio Díaz (bass), Willy Trujillo (drums), Marcos Mantero (keys), and Pepe Sánchez (sax).


A La Vida Al Dolor


Otros Días

Inquietudes a Compás

Puente Mágico

Sin Comentario



Move on Blues / Where the Rain Ends, Raises the Sun

Corre, Vuela, Que te Pillo /???

Tarantos para Jimi Hendrix / Terraplén

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Psych-prog, guitar, sitar, violin. (Juan L. Joy)

Fabulous mix of psychedelia, symphonic progressive, flamenco and italian barroco rock. A legend. (J.J.Iglesias, Revista Atropos).

Gualberto was the guitarist for Smash in the early 70's. Hard to imagine such a creative mind content playing easy rock music like Smash did. On his first solo effort, A La Vida al Dolor, it appears Gualberto was unsure what to do with his newfound freedom. The compositions are a mixed bag of Spanish folk, rock and roll similar to Smash and some original progressive music. It's too varied, patchy and unfocused for my tastes.

Vericuetos, on the other hand, is yet another Spanish progressive classic. Borrowing heavily from the music of India and Spain, Gualaberto incorporates these sounds with a classic Anglo progressive perspective for a truly unique blend. Gualberto plays with a unique and soulful style and also plays the sitar this time around. A must discovery. Vinyl collectors should note that the original gatefold cover of this album is well worth seeking out. (Tom Hayes)

Original and elegant Spanish prog with an Italian flavour (PFM, RDM, etc.). The frequent use of violin brings especially the Italian band Quella Vecchia Locanda to my mind. The album is mainly in the classical and symphonic progressive style, but the occasional use of Arabic tone scales and sitar (or processed guitar sounding like a sitar) give an exotic touch here and there. Overall a great album well worth exploring. (Sjef Oellers, as reviewed in Gnosis)

Gualberto was born in 1945 in Sevilla, Spain. At 17 he formed the rock group "Los Murcielagos", followed in 1967 by Smash, a standard and pioneering group in Spanish and Andalusian Rock history. After disbanding the group Gualberto leaves for the US to study music. He starts as a composer. His first work was the rock opera "Behind stars"; in cooperation with the "Good Vibrations Studio" and the "Yoga Symphony Orchestra", he formed a group for it with the famous Hindu sitarplayer Diwan Mothihar.

This first solo recording has not been published yet. Returning to Spain he published there two solo works : "A la vida al dolor" ("To life and pain") and "Vericuetos". In 1976 he remains several months in France and Holland, composing camera music leading to his next record "Otros dias". Between 1976 and 1979 he arranged and contributed on several projects, rock and flamenco copositions all brought together on "Inquietudes a compas" (in 1997). In 1979 he records an album of fusion between jondo songs and sitar called "Gualberto y Agujetas" (included on that disc from 1997 too). In the eighties he makes mostly orchestration arrangements, in which he arranges the flamenco instrumentations and the classical part. From this time he arranged "Casta" for Lole and Manuel and "Cuaderno de Coplas" (" Notebook of Songs") and "A través del olvido" de Carlos Cano at and the song "Rimas de Bécquer" for Carlos Cano and "Rimas de Bécquer" for Benito Moreno. He recorded also the album "Puentes", and compositions for a Trio of clarinetes called "Quartet Biennial", a work for the Banda Municipal de Sevilla and "Turrunuelo" for an inaugural concert of the second Biennial. He also directs the Choir Rociero de Triana, with will record in ten years of collaboration several albums.

In 1983 after some memoriable concerts with Ricardo Mino he was asked to do a record once more (which was the very spontaneous "Puente Mágico"). From 1987 he is introduced in the world of comnputer music, creating his own study, publishing music for cinema and television. In 1990 he returns to the scene as an interpreter, with several concerts emphasizing his participation in the 1st Cycle of the New Music at the University of Seville, from which the disc "Sin Comentario" will come forth (only published later by Lost Vinyl in 1996), and at the International Festival of the Guitar in Cordova, a Festival in Italy, where he played with Nacho Duato, Encuentos de Nueva together with Wim Mertens. In 1995 he initiates a new cycle of concerts, in which he plays different instruments on prerecorded bases, combining different styles and tendencies. In 1998 he records "Resistances" with Ricardo Mino. In 2000 he records one more disc with him and with the cooperation of a lot of artists. (From a lost web page:

Very unique about Gualberto is that he plays flamenco guitar with his sitar. In this way flamenco takes a step back to his roots. Indian music from the sitar with a wide range of sound once was transformed into western standards into a more limited in range instrument, the guitar. The style developed further into what we call flamenco now.

Gualberto introduced the sitar in his legendary group Smash at first in the early seventies, recorded after having studied in the US a few more progressive composed albums in the mid seventies, did some collaborations at the end of the seventies and recorded a few guitar, voice, sitar combinations in the last twenty years. Thanks to his contribution the flamenco still with full of respect to his origins he opened the way to more possibilities in expressions. (Gerald Van Waes)

"Vericuetos" has been recently re-released by Fonomusic.

Review of the record "A La Vida Al Dolor" (in spanish)

Review of the record "Vericuetos" (in spanish)