BMG Signs Deal to Release Earliest Recordings of Pepe & Paco de Lucía

BMG inks deal for Pepe and Paco de Lucia earliest recordings
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BMG inks deal for Pepe and Paco de Lucia earliest recordings
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Photo Credit: Francisco Sánchez Gómez (Paco de Lucía) and José Sánchez Gómez (Pepe de Lucía) with their mother Lucía Gomes Gonçalves © Family Photo Archive

BMG has announced it has inked an exclusive recording agreement with the estate of Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía. BMG will release an album of previously unreleased tracks by young Pepe and his brother Paco de Lucía. Here’s the latest.

Dating back to 1959 and 1960, the recordings offer a unique insight into the early musical endeavors of Pepe and Paco at ages 13 and 11, respectively. The album is a historic discovery for Spanish cultural heritage and flamenco enthusiasts as AI tools were used to meticulously restore the songs originally recorded on a Grundig TK46 tape recorder.

Paco de Lucía has left an indelible mark on the world of flamenco guitar, transcending the boundaries of the genre. Throughout his career, Paco de Lucía collaborated with musicians such as guitarist Carlos Santana, pianist Chick Corea, and guitarist Al Di Meola. In the 1970s, he forged a significant musical alliance with singer Camarón de la Isla, who is widely credited with catalyzing the emergence of the New Flamenco movement.

“I never thought these recordings would ever see the light of day, but thanks to the tireless work of the team that has been part of this process, the tapes have finally been restored and are ready to be released,” adds Pepe de Lucía of the deal.

“When I listened to the tapes again, more than 60 years after their original recording, I couldn’t believe that those children were my brother Paco and me. It is a wonderful recording that brings back fond memories of the happiest time of our lives and serves as a fitting finale for our careers.”

“It has been a privilege to work hand in hand with Pepe de Lucía and the Paco de Lucía Foundation for more than a year to document, restore, and finally publish these tapes that showcase the genius of these two brothers who changed the history of music in Spain and around the world,” adds Javier Doria, BMG Director A&R Spain.