BILL QUICK "Maravillosa Gente" [12" LP, Black Vinyl]
2008 - Rock from United States
The mysterious Bill Quick: this guy was the son of a North American dad and Venezuelan mum, and landed in Madrid in the early '70s, spending most of his time playing music and manufacturing leather belts and other stuff that he later sold at the popular Rastro flea market in Madrid, a meeting point for all hippies of the time. He somehow got in touch with famous producer Alain Milhaud, who was really impressed by his work and quickly offered him a deal to record a long-play to be released in Milhaud's own Explosion label. Then Bill recruited some top studio musicians and foreign friends who were also living in Madrid at the time; the list of people who play on the recording is impressive: up to eleven musicians joined Bill in the recording studio including Salvador Dominguez and Chema Pellico (ex-Cerebrum), Rafa Galvez (later on Vainica Doble's backing band), Frank Rojas (Sangre) and Jess Lam (Jess & James). As a result, Maravillosa Gente ("Beautiful People") was recorded. Ranging from beautiful, introspective, acoustic solo tracks like "Beautiful People," "Only the Weather" or the acid-folk of "Winter's Gonna Come," to full backing-band hard-edged ones like "Take Me Away," "Somebody" and the folk-rock sounding "With You, Lord" or "I Sing This Song." The album is a real treat from start to finish with an awesome sound and amazing production (it was recorded at one of the most advanced Spanish recording studios at the time), along with top musicianship and Bill's amazing songwriting. This album is a real big ticket that was absolutely ignored in Spain at the time of its release, and even today remains unknown to most folk-rock collectors and fans. Curiously enough, the album was released in Brazil as well (with poor sales again), with different cover art. With carefully remastered sound, this is now reissued for the first time. Includes a booklet with pictures and detailed liner notes telling the wonderful and strange story of this mysterious musician.