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SERIE DE ORO: GRANDES EXITOS

Los Jaivas

 

Prog Folk

3.51 | 3 ratings

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kenethlevine
Special Collaborator
Prog-Folk Team
3 stars Although this is a compilation, it only covers a few years of LOS JAIVAS' career in the mid 70s, and is available for a reasonable price, two good reasons to pick it up instead of the original albums. It fills in the gaps nicely between "Todos Juntos" and "Alturas de Macchu Piccu".

The album basically has a dividing line between uncomfortably loud and numbingly repetitive quasi traditional material and some of the best progressive folk rock (with more than a few symphonic aspects), to come from Latin America, with everything from track 7 on being of high quality. It's not even chronological, but just the way the running order was chosen.

The nadir is reached with "Dum Dum Tamboura" which starts off promisingly before entering an infinite loop for the last 6 minutes of its 8 minute life. The apex is several tracks later on the glorious "La Conquistada", which reminds me the Argentinian MAGMA at times, and seems to have influenced PABLO EL ENTERRADOR in their most inspired moments. Lilting and emotional, it ranks as one of their best. The song that is closest in colour to "Alturas..." is "En La Cumbre De Un Cerro" thanks to its keyboards and fuzzy lead guitar. You can definitely see where this was heading. Other highlights are the richly constructed and diverse instrumental "Danza", and two included singles that combine the disco of the day with LOS JAIVAS' traditional sounds in an entertaining fashion, constituting a bold move politically if not musically.

This is a tough one to rate but I have to go with 3 stars, acknowledging that the latter half is pure gold and a grand exit indeed.

kenethlevine | 3/5 |

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