Los Jaivas - Alturas de Macchu Picchu CD (album) cover


Los Jaivas


Prog Folk

4.18 | 253 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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4 stars This band from Chile is one of the most interesting blends of folk and symphonic rock. They are playing many instruments including the ethnic tutruka, charanjo, tarka, tumbadore, bongo and maracas. My favorite album is "Alturas de Machu Picchu"" from '81, featuring Nobel prize winning poet Pablo Neruda, responsible for the lyrics. Highlight is "La poderosa muerte", a melodic and harmonic composition (around 12 minutes) that starts with the typical sound of the panflute and melancholic piano notes, very beautiful and moving, followed by emotional Spanish vocals. The build up is magnificent with propulsive drums and sparkling piano play, soon accompanied by a fat sounding synthesizer and fiery electric guitar. The dramatic atmosphere is emphasized by pathetic vocal harmonies. The moods keep on shifting with lots of (ethnic) instruments, a very emotional experience and a fine proove that progrock has emotion!
erik neuteboom | 4/5 |


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