Most Wanted! Barrabás – Woman (RCA)
Taken from the band’s 1972 released debut-LP – ‘Wild Safari’ – the you can’t miss ‘Woman’. Somehow reminding of Santana. But also of Booker T & The MG’s‘ ‘Melting Pot’ in terms of rhythm pattern. If not ‘Hi Jack’, another standard of theirs, which US Jazzman Herbie Mann covered soon after.
Problably their biggest classic, ‘Woman’ quite unexepctedly resurfaced 5 years later as a 12″, although only given a release on RCA-Mexico. This being for much on its rarity and therefore the interest it suggested on the second hand market. Its yellow labelled edition being the one to get as opposed to other colors which are all counterfeits!
Madrid native José Fernando Arbex Miró, a songwriter and producer, first started as the drummer of Los Estudiantes in the mid-60’s. He came on to form Los Brincos then Alacran along with vocalist, bass player Ignacio ‘Iñaki’ Egaña Azpeitia. Both of them giving birth to Barrabás after Alacran split by the end of the 60’s.
Melting Rock (be it Latin) with Funk and Jazz was quite unusual for the time being. So needless to say how Barrabás was quite avant-gardist. Just like Santana, although on a groovier tip.
Among their definitive must have, ‘Woman’, but also ‘Hi Jack’ from ‘¡Soltad A Barrabas!’ (1974). Not to mention the infectious ‘Family Size’ from the ‘Heart Of The City album which saw the light back in 1975.