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ALTURAS DE MACCHU PICCHU

Los Jaivas

Prog Folk


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Ivan_Melgar_M
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5 stars Can still remember a cold Sunday night in 1981 when casually selected channel 7 on my TV (The official TV Station of Perú), on those days in which there was no cable and the chances of finding good music on TV were really small, but there it was, a special about Los Jaivas filmed with the incredible view of Macchu Picchu, playing their best work in front of the lost city that inspired Pablo Neruda to write the poems that were used as lyrics for this album.

Twenty-four years after we can watch the rebirth of this special after digitalizing it plus the inclusion of several and interesting additions about which we'll talk later.

This special was filmed with background music because the "experts" said the use of loudspeakers could damage the city of Macchu Picchu, something we know it's absurd, but the bureaucracy need to invent some excuse to justify their salaries. Despite this fact, the DVD is simply amazing, beginning with the interesting presentation by the Literature Nobel Prize Nominee Mario Vargas Llosa describing with great detail and sensibility Pablo Neruda's poem Alturas the Macchu Picchu, something every person interested in culture and literature must listen, one great, novelist describing a great poet.

About the songs, there's not much to talk because all are described and reviewed in the self titled album that we can find in this archives, only must add that listening the music and lyrics (with English translation) in the exact place that served Neruda as inspiration is almost a religious experience.

It's also important especially for foreign listeners to have a view of the native instruments that were used by Los Jaivas in some songs and how incredibly they blend them with electric guitars, drums and synthesizers. The encounter of the ancient culture and the modern technology described in a few images.

The extras are simply outstanding, especially Sube a Nacer Conmigo Hermano, The World is a Stage where Los Jaivas show us several interpretations of this great song around the world and during 24 years, from Perú to Chile, Moscow, Paris, etc, in this collage we can see Juanita Parra who replaced the original drummer and her father Gabriel Parra after his tragic death, absolutely emotional.

I am really impressed with this release, which is a great addition not only for the music lovers but also for those interested in Peruvian ancient history and Latin American Literature.

I know that being Peruvian I'm more emotional and subjective when watching this DVD, but being absolutely honest, can't rate such beauty and musical virtuosity with less than 5 stars, a must have for every prog' fan.

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Send comments to Ivan_Melgar_M (BETA) | Report this review (#35216)
Posted Saturday, June 04, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars It does few days back buys east DVD and the truth this excellent one in all aspects 1. - the audio one is incredible 5,1 you will not be lost of nor a detail. 2. - Apparently they fixed the images with respect to the audio one, memory that in the VHS was out of phase. 3. - The unpublished material this of luxury, for example "SUBE A NACER CONMIGO HERMANO" by the scenes of the world and what but I call my attention was the option to be able to listen each single musician. Sometimes we did not listen with as much clarity of details in the recordings there am a good option here (mainly if you are musical) the Mini - Moog is listened to brilliant...! In aim great amount of Essential new material of which they please good music South America a single country!

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Send comments to MANTICORE (BETA) | Report this review (#35227)
Posted Saturday, June 04, 2005 | Review Permalink
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5 stars Have you ever seen a Minimoog that conquered Peru? Did you ever witness a progrock band on a height of 6000 kilometers? Well, watch this video featuring the splendid and very unique blend of folk, rock, classic and symphonic that Los Jaivas made on their album "Alturas the Macchu Picchu"! I have nothing to add to the other two reviews on this site so, I can only say: DISCOVER THIS BAND THAT MIXES SKILLS AND EMOTIONS IN A SUPERIOR WAY!! By the way, did National Geographic sponsored this DVD?

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Send comments to erik neuteboom (BETA) | Report this review (#36695)
Posted Thursday, June 16, 2005 | Review Permalink
4 stars I loved this movey I also saw in Canal 13 de Chile, a concert given live in Teatro Caupolican, with a full chamber orchestra to help them out, a series of concerts by Los Jaivas named: En algun lugar del mundo, co-produced by Canal Trece with exclusive rights of transmision, everybody was fixed to the screen that night watching Los Jaivas on tv, with intermissions to interview each member of Los Jaivas, rare footage of drummer Claudio Parra before he died, and performing wonderful percussion drum solos, I have it on Beta and Vhs, but have never seen it on dvd, if is not out there on the market, Then it should be.

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Send comments to donmax75 (BETA) | Report this review (#135076)
Posted Monday, August 27, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars BETTER THAN LIVE AT POMPEII

Do not judge me too early and let me explain in what I base this statement that at first glance seem so radical and ridiculous

First I want to say that in this review did not specifically talk about the songs, this is the review of the DVD, not the musical work itself.

Live at Pompeii is an excelent production, a great masterpiece that has been an important benchmark in progressive rock, and has had many well-deserved positive reviews.

However, Alturas de Machu Picchu do not left behind ... despite being a much less known work of progressive rock (particularly prog folk), has been compared on many occasions with the great British production ... Now why do I say that is better? For one reason

Heights of Machu Picchu is really inspired in the city of Machu Picchu, although the musical work was composed in France, it is based on the poem Heights of Machu Picchu, by Pablo Neruda (Neruda is one of Most Important poets of the twentieth century). When Los Jaivas reached Machu Picchu discovered that they had really successful, the singing and the sounds represented exactly the spirit of the city and feeling expressed in the pages of the poem.

Alturas de Machu Picchu is also an ode to South America, despite having influences of progressive rock, has a large amount of South American flok elements like rithms and instruments ... I do not want to go into it, I recommend you to read reviews of this album and see the DVD.

On the other hand. Live at Pompeii is not directly based on Pompeii ... although it contains some historical images of what happened there, the songs are just songs taken from different albums of the band (meddle, to saucerfull of secrets) and the single Careful With That Axe, Eugene, all songs are great but are not composed for Pompeii

in that sense I think los jaivas achieved in alturas de machu pichu, something that pink Floyd don't achieved in pompeii

i said it, I do not want to detail about the musical work in itself, I just want to tell youI think this work is fundamental and it is essential that you listen it and watch it ? ¿why?, because the Jaivas created this masterpiece of progressive rock even when this genre has never been popular in South America, a work inspired on the Inca citadel through the verses of the poet Pablo Neruda, a masterpiece that has been a masterful tribute to machu Picchu and to all the South American spirit, creating an undisputed benchmark of folk rock in South America, is also an important piece of world music and if you are interested in entering in southamerican prog folk, through this DVD you can completely fill yourself with all its sounds and sensations in just 48 minutes it lasts.

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Send comments to Hannibal_20 (BETA) | Report this review (#1404342)
Posted Sunday, April 26, 2015 | Review Permalink

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