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Los Jaivas


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4.22 | 311 ratings

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5 stars "Alturas de machu pichu" is one of the most important south american musical Works, the musicalization of the same name poem by Pablo Neruda, one of the most important poets in every language, carried out without losing mysticism or magic by this great band that combines southamerican folk with progressive rock. Which achieves between emotion, virtuosism and magic, give us one of the most beautiful ever composed and exciting musical works.

"Del aire al aire", (from air to air) pretend to introduce us in an ancestral time and place, creating an ethereal atmosphere trought the use of instruments like the digeridoo, panpipes and trutrukas.

"La poderosa muerte" (the powerful death): a 12 minutes litany that has it all, is a compilation of several episodes of the poem heights of Machu Pichu, all related to the theme of death, the death of man every day in their suffering that was necessary to raise the mathematical perfection of Machu Picchu; the musicalization combines elements of southamerican folk, rock and classical music, achieving to keep a perfect fussion and conceptuality.

"Amor americano" (american love): its an "electric Huayno", that tell us about the life, the love, the beauty and majestic of the andean landscapes with a cheerful rhythm and melodies, that are at the time incredibly experimental and progressive, the entire theme is charged of originality, just like all the other themes of the álbum, and it is one of my favorite themes of Los Jaivas.

"Águila sideral"(sidereal Eagle): a theme that planes, it has an ethéreal nature, allusive to the flight of the Andean condor, this song is full of subtleties, the same jaivas almost do not interpret this song today, because it is a theme of great technical complexity in terms of atmospheric effects on the voice, guitar and snare drum. In the words of Mario Mutis a single wrong note can make the theme "fall" cause the volatile nature of it.

Antigua América (ancient america): is an instrumental track, that delights us with beautiful harmononies, it contains andean winds like panpipes and quena, the complex lines of piano by Claudio parra, the perfect harmonies between piano, drums, bass, guitar makes an beautifull and magic sensation. all this, crownd by a great electric guitar solo by "gato" alquinta, this theme, in just five minutes shows the entire potential of the sinfonic fussion of the rock and folklore.

"Sube a nacer conmigo hermano" (Rise up in birth with me, my brother): composed in a venezolan rithm called "joropo" is a song that the poet dedicated to humanity that suffered and died to build an empire, it is also a painful and empathic song in which the poet himself feels part of that suffering. This is one of the more intense and known songs of Los Jaivas.

"Final" its a cry that asks to the man that died in machu pichu to inherit to the poet, to the hearer and reader, their strength, their silence, their struggle and hope.

Truly, each theme of contained in this álbum, full of magic, virtuosism, and originality, is unique and incomparable, it doesnt exist nothing similar in any dischography of any band that i had listened, and everyone of it achieves to muzicalize perfectly the words that it contains. "Alturas de machu pichu is the higher point in Los Jaivas career and a hit in latin-american music, also is considered the best rock álbum of Chile and one of most influential. Whith no doubt, a masterpiece that might be enjoyed by all.

Hannibal_20 | 5/5 |


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