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Sintesis - Sintesis [Aka: En Busca De Una Nueva Flor] CD (album) cover




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3.80 | 37 ratings

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4 stars Just a few notes for this album:

The songs listed here actually are from 2 albums: the great debut album EN BUSCA DE UNA NUEVA FLOR from 1978 and the sophomore effort AQUÍ ESTAMOS from 1981 (the last 2 songs are from the latter album); so it's kind of a bundle of the bests songs from Sintesis in the late 70's.

Actually, this first line up just lasted a few months, soon José María Vitier went on his way to start a successfull solo career with his own group, Fernando Calveiro after the 1981 effort joined AfroCuba (a latin-jazzy outfit that supported singer/songwriter Silvio Rodríguez during most of the 80's and recorded with him such a great album like Causas y Azares from 1986).

Also, not credited in this edition is guitarist Pablo Menéndez (coming from the GRUPO DE EXPERIMENTACIÓN SONORA DEL ICAIC and actual director of the latin-pop-rock group MEZCLA), as he played in the AQUI ESTAMOS album, making it a 2 lead guitar group for the time being (with Calveiro) and keyboard player Juan Carlos Valladares who replaced Vitier. . . Absents to the second effort would also be Mike Porcels and Eliseo Pino, both practically disapeared from the Cuban music scene for different reasons.

For the songs, what can I say? Very good vocal arrangements, as Sintesis comes from a vocal quartet called Tema IV and lots of experimentation as that was their time to do it, to find their own sound. . . we have to forgive, of course, the quality of the recordings, just bear in mind that this album was made in the mid 70's in a revolutionary Cuba in conflict with the US, very poor recording technolgy and gadgets available in the country at that time.

For me, it's just OUTSTANDING that a Cuban rock group could produce this type of effort in those years. . . it's history in the making. . . this album you can say it's were all started for Cuban Rock.

Up the Progs!!!

Songo (Alfredo from Havana, Cuba)

songo | 4/5 |


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