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CANCIÓN DEL SUR

Los Jaivas

 

Prog Folk

3.49 | 44 ratings

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apps79
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3 stars Mid-70's find Los Jaivas developing their sound even more, while their fame was growing day by day.TV appearances became more frequent, their name was getting well-known in South America and they even got to perform huge symphonic concerts with the help of La Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Mar del Plata and Orquesta Sinfónica de Buenos Aires.They had just another album to record for EMI, before their contract expired, and this was meant to be ''Canción del sur'' from 1977.

The sound presented on their 75' self-titled album becomes more prominent in this work and the band reaches moments of high inspiration blended with somewhat dated folk musicianship recalling their early days.The longer cuts are propably the most interesting for prog fans.Tracks like ''Danza'', ''Dum dum tambora'' and the eponymous one are great progressive Symphonic/Folk Rock performances (although ''Dum dum tambora'' is much more on the folk side) with smooth electric guitars, atmospheric moog synthesizers, fantastic work on piano by Claudio Parra and of course lovely vocal arrangements.There is also a heavy amount of flutes, mandolin and charango thrown in to maintain the ethnic approach of the band, though the arrangements are definitely symphonic in nature.The shorter numbers are Folk Rock of high calibre, a bit dated, with acoustic strings, strong use of flutes and ocarinas and plenty of vocals, typical of the early Los Jaivas sound featuring heavy Andean Folk inspirations, but they still are pretty listenable and musically tightly connected with the rest of the album.

Notica that the 1994 EMI CD re-issue contains four bonus tracks, taken from various singles the band produced around the time ''Canción del sur'' was created, definitely interesting with a diverse style, ranging from Andean Folk to Heavy Rock and melodic Folk Rock but rather far from anything trully progressive.

''Canción del sur'' marks one of Los Jaivas' top career moments and the prog-inclined compositions leave the listener wanting for more.A strong album by the band, highly recommended both for fans of Symphonic Rock and Progressive Folk aesthetics but overall worth adding in any collection...3.5 stars.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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