J.Serrano, A el Agujetas - TWO CRIES OF FREEDOM (1998)

The subtitle of this album is "Gypsy Flamenco from the Prisons of Spain," which it quite literally is, being the result of a nationwide talent search for the best incarcerated flamenco vocalists, with a reward of 5,000 pesetas (about 35 bucks!) and a reduced sentence. Gypsies are recognized as the finest flamenco artists in Spain, and a disproportionate number of them are in jail—so it's natural that the contest's two winners, Jose Serrano and Antonio "El Agujetas," would be gypsies. So, if you want a recording that was made under armed guard by artists who were led to the recording studio in chains, this is it.

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