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EL VOLANTIN

Los Jaivas

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claudio_garri
3 stars A disc with as much mythical one around is very difficult to evaluate. In the context of the investigation its musical value is unquestionable. Musically one can well be considered rarities. El disc decides on a way between folk indigenous of the Chilean south and a mixture of ancestral percussion; all it with enough text ironic and games of words. The structures of the songs are deliberately appropriate for the improvisation , that was what they did in his presentations in direct. The song "foto de primera comunión" advances in some way which would be their next works. It is the case of the sound of the guitar whose effect of distortion has much similarity to which it used Country Joe & The Fish. Is right to say that this first recording of the Jaivas, (only 500 copies) it became possible thanks to "the logistic" help of Country Joe Mac Donald that contact with the Chilean band at the beginning of years 70. The album have a superlative value as collection disc; Musically is more interesting that surprising or brilliant. Nevertheless is essential for that they want to know well the spirit tribal this South American band.

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Posted Saturday, September 04, 2004 | Review Permalink
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2 stars I have always liked South American music. The first time I listened to "El Condor Pasa" (in .1971), I was really found of this old song (1913) from the Peruvian folklore. Simon & Garfunkel immortalized it (although their lyrics had nothing to do with the originals).

The music you can hear on Los Javas debut album is a mix of Andean and almost tribal sounds, ("La Vaquila"). The good percussion work reminds you of "Santana" but flute play is of course fully Andean. I tend to like very much this panpipes sounds. A bit repetitive, maybe. "Tamborcito De Milagro" also features the same type of percussions but "vocals" are difficult to bear. You can compare this song to "El Nicoya", the poor closing number of "Abraxas" for instance. Press next.

The band tells us that this album was almost pure improvisation, and it is true that you can notice this while listening to "El Volantín". This is a pure ethnic work. It sounds OK for a while but is not very accessible to South American aliens.

They haven't yet mixed these special sounds with more proggy ones. This will come later on. One of the best songs is the very much "Santana" oriented "Foto De Primera Comunión". The guitar sounds are so close to the one of the master, very pleasant indeed.

"Último día" has some Crimson reminiscence (probably due to the improvisation style). It is a long and repetitive song with shouting vocals. Not my cup of tea to be honest.

Two stars for this average album. You shouldn't bother with this one.

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