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Studio Album, released in 1974

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Agua Clara (4:07)
2. Madrugada (1:41)
3. Amanecer (1:43)
4. Danzas de Los Pájaros (1:41)
5. Gavilán (5:24)
6. Pastos (2:10)
7. Ganado (3:25)
8. Estampida (1:31)
9. Ana Karina Rote (4:51)
10. Sentado en una Piedra (3:52)

Total Time 28:54

Line-up / Musicians

- Vytas Brenner / piano, synthesizers, guitar, timpani & vocals
- Pablo Manavello / guitar
- Jairo / guitar
- Carlos Acosta / bass
- Pupi / bass
- Frank Rojas / drums
- Eleasar Yanez / drums
- Iván Velásquez / drums
- Rolando Briceño / sax
- Oscar / percussion


Tambores de Yolanda Moreno

Releases information


LP: 1974
CD: 2001

Produced by Vytas Brenner
Executive Producer: Haakon Brenner
Recorded & Mixed by Michel Chazet
Recorded & Mixed at Grabaciones Continente (Caracas)

Graphic Design: Vytas Brenner
Cover Drawing by Ramón Rojas
Photos: Mauro Giani

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Review by memowakeman
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Hermanos!

I have the luck of being the first reviewer of this album, strange but only his first effort "La Ofrenda de Vytas Brenner" has been reviewed so far, surely there are more people who can talk about his music and some of his albums Vytas Brenner is a man who was born in Germany, but he is from Venezuela, i am not going deeper with his bio or personal info, you can hhave a look to their very well written Bio here, by Geck0 by the way.

Im glad to say that there are so many valuable musicians who have dedicated their time and talent to create excellent music, this is not an exception, but what i meant is that i very glad to say that Europe or USA are not the only part of the world with excellent proggressive rock, you can noticed it with my previous review of Anabelas by Argentinian band Bubu, no it`s the turn of Venezuela and it`s beloved Vytas Brenner.

Hermanos is a short album, only 30 minutes of music can be heard herethat could be actually a low point because we as fans of music prefer larger albums, but that`s not really important, an album can be a masterpiece no matter it`s lenght, i remember i gave Profondo Roso by Goblin 5 stars being also a 30 minute album.

This album is divided in 10 songs, an average of 3 minutes per song but actually they are relationed with each other, what this album offers is a variety of a folkish sound mixed with an excellent drive of keyboards which makes it more symphonic in some ways, but that`s not the end, there are some moments that might be considered as ambiental music for example song no.6 "Pastos" i imagine myself lying in some field watching at the sky and being relaxed. Th majority of the short songs are only instrumental, in the first song you will listen to Vytas`soft and peaceful voice, but the best of the album is the background that keyboards can make, actually keyboards have the leader role of the album, it is not bombastic, but calmed and traditional, the music itself is so catchy and easy to listen so everybody could enjoy it, i also imagine this as a sountrack, it`s short but very well composed songs could fit perfectly in any vintage tv show or movie, with a latin american felling and folkish style, but with the always predominative sound of symphonic prog, in adition to this final comment we can find somewhere a saxophone, which obviously gives to it a brief encounter with the jazz side of Vytas. This is not an album that i would consider as a masterpiece, it is pretty good and so enjoyable when i listen to it, but definitely this is not the best music that Vytas and south american prog can offer to us, i would give to this album 3.5 stars, i like it it is great, but nothing more, only recommendable but non-essential definitely.

Review by Cesar Inca
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars After breaking ground in the area of modern popular music in Venezuela with his 1973's debut album "La Ofrenda de Vytas Brenner", Vytas had to face and fulfill the task of going on with his musical career. Instead of creating a clone of "La Ofrenda", he went to a different direction with an emphasis on symphonic rock and the introduction of space-rock and electronic krautrock-style minimalism, which meant that the fusion factor had to be somewhat relegated (not to the point of becoming nullified, let's put this clearly). The first song is an acoustic guitar-based ballad, simplistic yet owner of a moving lyricism that might as well work as an attention catcher. Following next are two pieces full of heavily cosmic nuances delivered on multiple synth lines and adornments: this is quite a departure from the trova-oriented opener, since 'Madrugada' and 'Amanecer' might as well be mistaken for outtakes from a Klaus Schulze's lost 70s album. But no, this is Vytas Brenner: he manages to do very well with this sort of electronic experimentation, and I really wish these tracks had been longer so we could hear what he might have done with this potential motivator of mental trips. Also short is track 4, 'Danza con Pájaros', which sets a candid exercise on jazz-fusion based on the dialogue between percussion and electric guitar, while the acoustic guitar strums its way through the rhythmic cadences. 'Gavilán' is a very effective piece that shows Brenner's most exuberant side: a solid full instrumentation that features soaring lead guitar phrases and powerful percussive dynamics. The synths go restlessly elaborating appropriate moods for the overall ensemble, and there is even a pretty (albeit too short) Moog solo that provides some spacey nuances to the core motif. In fact, for the last 1 ½ minute the track's mood gets heavily spacey, even to an oppressive extent - this makes the whole track's scheme sound like a mixture of the most pompous side of "Ofrenda" and "Symphony"-era Clearlight. 'Pastos' brings back the electronic ambience a-la Schulze, stating a strange atmosphere where the dense and the laid-back become one sonic source. This is what I meant when I said that I wish tracks 2 & 3 had been longer. 'Ganado' is a lovely symphonic piece, with a simple rhythmic pattern but a complex series of harmonic developments. 'Estampida' is a moderately disturbing exercise on experimentation with drum kit, synthesizer and tympani: this is really weird in a deconstructive sense, but it's also appealing for those who can't get enough of Brenner's cosmic side. As a counterpart, 'Ana Karina Rote' is the most powerful of the few fusion-oriented tracks in the album. Set on a joropo-like tempo, this piece features horns, sax and percussions while Brenner keeps himself busy on his synthesizer, electric and grand pianos. 'Sentado en una Piedra' brings another ballad, this time based on piano: the instrumentation makes this song achieve a greater dose of magnificence, although it is a bit clichéd. This album has a well deserved mention as a very good album, but all in all, the incomplete development of some musical ideas (which make the respective tracks seem like snippets rather than effective compositions) and the partial inconsistency of the tracklist's style reflect "Hermanos" as a work less than excellent. Anyway, as a matter of fact, Vytas Brenner excels.

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