The Spanish Progressive Rock Encyclopedia

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 Eduardo Bort 



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

Soloist musician (guitar) with Alfonso Gimeno (keys), Vicente Alcañiz, Tico Balanza (drums) and Marino Hernández (bass) + Max Sunyer (guitar), Marcos Mantero (keys), Miguel galán (guitar), José Soriano, Pepe Dougan (keyboards).


Eduardo Bort



  • Pictures of Sadness / Thoughts (1975)

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The first album is excellent progressive rock highlighted by Bort's monster chops on the guitar. The only weak point are the vocals in broken English. It is definitely worth having. I was made aware of the existence of a second release (title unknown) by Lost Vinyl's president. He described this second effort as in a Latin-rock vein a la Santana, and not at all progressive as the first one. You have been warned. Juan Joy

Eduardo Bort is a Spanish guitarist whose musical influences appear to be from the psychedelic bands of the late 1960's. As I am not "up" on many of the psych bands of that era, it is hard for me to make comparisons; however, the over all sound is more in the direction of psych/prog than straight psych. There are definite progressive overtones with some synth and mellotron work scattered throughout the album. But the focal instrument is Bort's electric and acoustic guitar. Bort makes a fine psych guitarist, which is to say that he plays the psychedelic guitar style very well, though he is nothing exceptional overall. If you like fuzz guitar, you'll like this. He sings in English, but with a strong Spanish accent, making it rather hard to understand what he's saying. Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable album. It's not a disc I play often but it definitely has its moments and is worth keeping in my collection. Mike Taylor

Eduardo Bort's self-titled album from 1975 contains four long tracks of spacey, melodic progressive rock with several longer acoustic/folky passages as well. The first track "Thoughts" reminds me a bit of the 70's Italian bands (especially the better parts on the Uno album). "Pictures of Sadness" has some great mellotron and excellent spacey guitar playing. Bort' s guitar playing reminds me both of Jimi Hendrix and Steve Hillage. By far the weakest point are the vocals. The flat, heavily accented singing is rather poor, but it doesn't spoil the album for me. The last, 12-minute track "Yann" starts with incredible mellotron/guitar/mini-moog interplay. This section could have been culled from Steve Hillage's masterpiece Fish rising. Superb. After about four minutes, part two of the track starts in a more acoustic setting, unfortunately with the worst of the vocal contributions. About two minutes later an instrumental section follows with nice guitar strumming and soloing by Bort. At about nine minutes, the mellotron re-enters with a romantic symphonic theme (and variations) until the track ends. Not a flawless album, but despite the weak vocals an enjoyable piece of work with occasionally some outstanding passages. (Sjef Oellers, as reviewed in Gnosis)

"Eduardo Bort" was re-released by Fonomusic in 1989.

Review of the record "Eduardo Bort" (in spanish)

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