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Recordando O Vale Das Maçãs

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4 stars It is the Brazilian reply to the Argentinian band PABLO EL ENTERRADOR or to the Italian ensemble LOCANDA DELLE FATE, but they are much more in the vein of such light music from Canterbury than these latter... This album is not a masterpiece and is inferior than the best works by SAGRADO CORACAO DA TERRA, another important Brazilian band; but naturally it can complete your collection regarding the light symphonic scene of late seventies in South America, as it represents a sensible Latin rock, with progressive and symphonic elements (listen to the guitarist by R.V.M. and you can note a certain resemblance to SANTANA!!)

Recommended, even though it is not essential!!

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Posted Wednesday, March 31, 2004 | Review Permalink
Carl floyd fan
5 stars Very chill, relaxing music. It is all instrumental and will put you at ease with no harsh sounds or rude awakenings. Pick up this rare Brazilian gem and it will remind you of a cross between Focus, Yes and Hendrix. Granted that may not be a great explanation but it is really tough to describe these guys as they are unique, but very easy going in their sound. Hurry and find the cd or at least download it if all else fails!
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Posted Tuesday, December 14, 2004 | Review Permalink
4 stars After all, South American bands are not too many to have break the lines of good criticism on PA. And this one surely deserves all of your attention. A one shot band perhaps, but lots of great Italian bands also played in this division of one chord wonders.

The music you will discover here is absolutely delightful. Superb violins, instrumental harmonies, subtle and great fluting, great guitar: you name it!

Each piece of music is admirable. The longest one "The Children Of the New World" almost holds everything you could expect from the symphonic genre (my fave one I guess while I look at my stats on PA).

There are hardly any loose moment available on this offering. All instrumental, but this really doesn't matter while the musical level reaches such high proportions. Maybe one of the best Brazilian prog album ever (together with the sublime "Depois Do Fim" from "Bacamarte").

Such albums on a prog site surely deserves more than three reviews with comments (four with this one). I can only invite you to listen to this work, to enjoy it as I did, to review it so that this lost gem of the seventies gets the reward it deserves.

The very much "Santana" like "Water" is also a very pleasant piece of music of which the great guitar work says it all. Emotion at its peak. And you might know, emotion is a key factor in my musical passion. Fantastic and bombastic final part: another highlight for sure.

But when you listen to the sublime "Hermit" and its fantastic guitar, what can you say? Magical I guess! What a great piece of music. Even if the great Carlos has been borrowed, I can only succumb to such a great track (at least during the initial and closing parts).

The same feeling prevails during the excellent "Seeds Of Light": a gorgeous Andean fluting and some extraordinary guitar lines again. This album offers really some great symphonic prog moments. It is all enchantment and the only reason why I don't rate it with five stars is probably the lack of some great vocal parts.

Nonetheless, this remarkable work should attract your ears, heart and writing skills. This is an excellent album. Symph prog at its best.

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