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Los Jaivas


Prog Folk

4.22 | 313 ratings

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4 stars A great album, but not really a masterpiece. Combining western progressive piano based softrock/folk with Andean folk, Alturas de Macchu Picchu is probable the best album Los Jaivas made. Thoroughly enjoyable.

The opening song Del Aire al Aire is really just that, it's a clear statement of their Andes roots, slow ambiant with some panflute melody, a little restraint in melody and not really good, a bit misleading for the unaware listener for the musiuc that follows is of high quality.

The album really starts for me with the 11 min. song La Poderosa Muerte, a wonderfull testament of Los Jaivas's progressive skills and talent. you can listen the song on this site, great music, it get's better with every passing minute. Amor Americano is like the title suggest a lovesong for america, very joyfull music, with great spanish vocals and fabulous keyboard works.

Aguila Sideral goes very slowely but all too beautifull, candy for my ears really. lots of piano some flute little rhythm, but just enough to keep it flowing. Antigua America starts with the typical Andean flute sounds, but again more western orientated piano rock takes over the main theme and goes rockingly forward with increasing tempo, fabulous again.

Sube a Nacer Conmigo Hermano like the previous songs filled with piano and compelling spanish vocals, great tempo and some fabulous soli. The album ends with the expediently called Final mostly piano, and quite nice, but like the opening song, I could do without.

The opening and closing of the album aside this album is candy for my ears, very nice melodies, with Andean and western influences. Great music especially for those who like traditional and folk music. Listen and judge yourself.

tuxon | 4/5 |


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