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2 stars Another compilation, the 5th one...!!! now we don't have hits, just random material, little more progressive but with no specific order at all...

I don't understand how this people decide the order of the songs, I feel that's my biggest problem... If the Antología 1 was wrong because they even chop the songs to fit into an 80 minutes limit, in this the music doesn't reach to 60 minutes, how they decide it...??? it wasn't better to leave two songs out of the first compilation and include those here...? don't know but well, let's see...

The 12 songs from Alux are OK taken from 5 of the 7 LPs they have in their DIDECA era. It would be nice if they include a couple of songs from their first album and they have enough space to include a song from their EP "Con Tus Manos" but again, we remain with more of the same... most of the songs were already published in the "Leyenda II" compilation, with the exception of "El Retorno de la Alegría", "Concierto al Fin", "El Loco", "En el Camino" and "Torres de Papel". The material is resmastered, but the sound quality is not as good as in the first Antología. I found that this production is not that cohessive than Leyenda and Antología 1. The songs seems not to fit together nor in the order they put it. Five or six songs are memorable with good symphonic arrangements, but if you already have the original albums you don't need this. So, this is again a good but forgetable and unneeded compilation.

As well as the other Antología, the album came in a nice cardboard box with nice and shining colours. They made another nice booklet with the same text than the first Antologia but use different pictures and even material. This is make up, sure, but it's nice.

Finally, we have two bonus tracks. Well, this songs are Alux Nahual covers that other Central American bands played and recorded for two tribute albums. Both were the singles with good acceptation in the audience. Both are the farther away from progressive possible. Most the tributes are their symphonic songs rip off and converted into plain alternative songs, but at the end, these two songs are very comercial and nice. So, at least you can get the most decent covers inside this rare compilation. The songs are not bad, but don't be a shadow from the original... so... again, good and bad at the same time... Two stars is fair... just for fans or collectors...

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