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4.18 | 83 ratings | 6 reviews | 46% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1980

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. A Los Jóvenes De Ayer (9:30)
2. Cuanto Tiempo Más Llevará (9:55)
3. Canción De Alicia En El País (4:30)
4. La Luna De Marzo (3:32)
5. Mientras Miro Las Nuevas Olas (4:00)
6. Desarma Y Sangra (3:42)
7. Tema De Nayla (7:00)
8. Encuentro Con El Diablo (5:25)

Total time 47:34

Line-up / Musicians

- David Lebón / acoustic & electric guitars, vocals
- Charly Garcia / keyboards, electric & acoustic guitars, vocals, producer
- Pedro Aznar / basses, vocals, electric guitar, keyboards
- Oscar Moro / drums, percussion

- Bernardo Baraj / wind
- Luis Casalla / wind
- Beni Izaguirre / wind
- Diego Rapoport / Rhodes electric piano

Releases information

Artwork: Jorge Fisbein (photo)

LP SG Discos ‎- SG 001 (1980, Argentina)

CD Interdisc ‎- 7976262 (1992, Argentina)
CD Universal ‎- 1709610 (2006, Argentina) Remastered by Osvel Costa

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SERÚ GIRÁN Bicicleta ratings distribution

(83 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(46%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (12%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
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Review by Zitro
5 stars 4.5 Stars rounded up.

"Bicicleta" is usually called their best lp. It is easy to explain why. The maturity they have reached here has not been topped after Bicicleta. In addition, The progressiveness has increased here, with the clear example being the opening track and masterpiece "A Los Jovenes de Ayer". Other improvements are the vocals and lyrics, which combine the aggressive ones from "La Grasa" with the poetic ones from their debut.

Talking about "A Los Jovenes de Ayer", it is a progressive rock song that prog fans will most certainly enjoy a great deal. It is my personal favorite composition from Charly Garcia in his whole career. The epic begins with a very extended and dynamic instrumental overture that combines classical music, jazz-rock and even tango. After the overture, the epic turns into a ballad with unforgettable melodies and an odd approach on bass-guitar arrangements (considering this is a ballad).

"Cuánto Tiempo más llevara" starts as a mellow tune filled with beautiful melodies from all instruments and vocals. To the surprise of the listener, the song suddently turns desperate and heavier with loud vocals and frenzied drumming. It then turns to its previous state and finishes with a very nice guitar solo.

"Canción de Alicia en el País" is a political song. It is mid-tempo and its main emphasis are the lyrics. The instrumentation compliment those lyrics very well and never dominate, creating a musical story.

"La Luna de Marzo" is basically a three-minute long synthesizer solo, but it's pulled off brilliantly. I especially like the tone Charly could get his synth to sound like and the restraint in the solo. The instrumentation in the background is a repetitive semi-acoustic guitar and synthesizer walls of sound.

"mientras Miro las Nuevas Olas" is both a rocker and a ballad and they managed to go back and forth coherently. Some lyrics are very fun:

"Te acuerdas del tipo que rompía las guitarras (Do you remember the dude who broke the guitars) cuando nadie tenía un miserable amplificador? (When nobody had a damn amplifier) ¡Hay miles ahora!. (there are thousands now!)

"Desarma y Sangra" is a pure ballad with melancholic piano themes. I feel like I've been repetitive using the word "melody", but it applies here as well, it is what makes these songs so good.

"Tema de Nayla" reminds me a bit of Chick Corea due to the prominent use of the Rhodes electric piano. It is a mellow npn-mainstream song with an uptempo jazzy instrumental section near the end.

"Encuentro con el Diablo" is a political song that manages to meld reggae, rock, and blues. It sounds very unique and not forced at all. Instead of inaccessible, it is a very fun and catchy song with a cool main riff.

Another brilliant album from Serú Girán. Unfortunately, their creativity plummeted after this.

Review by Ricochet
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars We see here a second classic (overall, it is a third great one from the band, I only contest, a bit, the value of the debut) by Serú Girán and the leading idol Charly Gargia. Though creating using a total of styles that could be counted on the fingers of one hand, everythign sounds highly evolved, thus it is pleasant, palpitating, has lots of qualities and gifted sensations. It isn't much of a real improvement from the previous one (which handled an astonishingly inspired craft, plus plugged a lot of Argentinian fans to listen and love); it has the electric goodies from Grasa de las Capitala, driving only into more attractive, profound, energy-revolting and unique blushes of creation and interpretation. Affirming, once more, the pure beauty inside a rock of nice templates.

Bicicleta's main appreciable character inerts on the shoulders of the artists, who tender towards art and a full vigor of sensible accuracy, yet all this balance of music and very slow ideas is also made of an un-deteriorated fluency that the music has. The material, without being exquisite, is natural and resembles even better (actually, better than ever) the whole ideals of rock 'n' roll, strong art, by perfect tones and some traditional accents that prevent the music from being a minor tuned rock concept. The music reflects the artists, the artists sturdy back on the music, so both reach out to the listener - quite like this does it all happen. Bicicleta is an album reaching popular intensity, brave rhythms of music, but also is an artistic flake.

The relaxed work combines composition with interpretation (the latter having more spontaneity), rock with a fuzzy poetry, lightness with darkness, intensity with straight good feelings, jazzy and romantic tunes with dramatic or bit distorted tones. It is quite the best an album can express, with a bottled up ostination. Yes, this album, more than all the others, can be progressive, stirring up a lot of a rock fusion. Cautions are, however, the general lyricalness, the dry instrumentality, plus different eccentric notes that embrace a jolly rock independent taste.

I'll give a walkthrough try, in the end, because each piece sounds well composed and even winds up its own share of the classy style. A los jovenes de ayer actually is surprisingly perfect, being a blusterous dream of jazz-moody ambiances on a choral of dark-nuanced work, with special instrument takes. Cuanto tempo mas llevera is a movement of vocal profoundness, on top of serene melodic and obscure shifts coming from the instruments' own poetry. Cancion de Alicia... is more impressive if you enjoy some curious texts and distinct emotions: sounds like a ballad losing its shine, but it is cajoled with melancholy. La luna de Marzo only whispers an introduction to Mientras miro las nuevas olas, who is a bit unimpressive rock dynamic fleet and bang. Desarma y Sangra already reduced Serú Girán to flavor rock and poetic passion play; a bit too much new-wave. Tema de Nayla is a long cool-air slow fusion, most interesting being a couple of moments when the band experiments rhythm. Encuentro con el diablo is pop-soul, so it can pass. Fun to hear it though.

Serú Girán's finest and purest album, all in all.

Review by Cesar Inca
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Even though "Bicicleta" is almost unanimously acknowledged as Serú Girán's finest hour in their studio recording career, I personally prefer their second album "La Grasa De Las Capitales", but in no way do I mean to imply that I disregard this album's artistic merits. In fact, I view it as the inspired result of the creative momentum that had peaked in the "La Grasa" album and so all four musicians felt energized enough as to pursue the continuing brilliancy when approaching, arranging and performing the brand new compositions delivered by Garcia, Lebon and Aznar. The 9+ minute long opener 'A los jóvenes de ayer' has to be one of the most stunning piano-centered rock songs ever in Argentinean rock history, and arguably a top 3 song in Charly Garcia's individual résumé. Oh, words cannot just describe a portion of the exquisite beauty emanated from the abundant piano flourishes and delicate synth layers that make the nucleus of the extended introductory theme. Also worthy of praise is Moro's rhythmic delivery, which anchors the melodic development and variations consistently while Aznar keeps himself busy alternating his rhythmic and melodic roles on fretless bass guitar. This piece states a balanced combination of tango-fusion, jazz and symphonic prog, and just when things get a bit calmer during the sung portions, they happen to be just an anticipation of the glorious finale section. Glorious, yet not overdone? brilliant! After this magnificent entry, the next track is a definitive Serú Girán classic, the Lebon-penned 'Cuánto tiempo más llegará': a semi-ballad that states a solid mixture of soft rock and Latin jazz, properly ornamented with a rocky interlude that mostly serves as an enhancement of the introspective existential lyrics. 'Canción de Alicia en el país', not unlike 'A los jóvenes de ayer', bears lyrics that reflect the social tension and political drama of living in a dictatorship in metaphors (oh, what a great lyricist Garcia used to be!). 'Canción' is not as epic as the opener though, being more a sophisticated rocker whose appeal is based on the clever multi-guitar interplaying and the noticeably syncopated handling of the drum kit by the greatly talented Moro; in this way, it turns out to be less romantic and more creepy. 'La luna de marzo' is a lovely instrumental performed on Mini-Moog, electric guitar arpeggios and bass textures: it is evocative, and also it is subtle enough as to never let its repetitive framework get annoying or tiring, it is just magical in the sense of surreal delicacy. Side A is the most accomplished one, IMHO. Things become not as great for the sequence of the four remaining tracks, but let me make it clear that there is still greatness in the classically oriented expressiveness of the piano-based ballad 'Desarma y sangra' (even including partial quotations from Baroque chamber) and the Lebon-penned jazzy semi-ballad 'Tema de Nayla' (a moving manifestation of hope amidst the fear of losing someone so dear): the latter features Master Rapoport on the closing electric piano solo that beautifully portrays the running melancholy of the song's nucleus. Less accomplished but also signaled by good musical quality are 'Mientras miro las nuevas olas', which delivers a reflection on the then nascent new wave pop under an Elton John rocker's guise, while 'Encuentro con el diablo' delivers yet another political satire on a blues-rock note (with added touches of "jazzed" reggae). So, "Bicicleta" is yet another convincing fulfillment of Serú Girán's vision: a very good album for any prog rock collector and any rock collection.
Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars 3.5 stars. SERU GIRAN were a four piece band out of Argentina who to my ears were influenced by country-mates INVISIBLE. Mostly because of the vocals and at times jazzy instrumental bits. I do prefer INVISIBLE by quite a lot but that's not fair when this is the only album I have from SERU GIRAN. "Bicicleta" was released in 1980, part of a four album run by the band from 1978 to 1981.

A little too commercial sounding at times for my tastes with those harmonies and the guest horns were a let down on the closer. Just not into their style. The second half drops the rating as only the seventh song stands up to the first side, and it might be my favourite tune on here. Love that they open the album with a 9 1/2 minute track. Lots of piano and vocals and I like that the bass is always noticeable. That third track is pretty good as well and the instrumental which is track 4 is a top three for me.

I like it but I have some issues(with the album).

Latest members reviews

5 stars This is, according to most, the best album by Serú Girán. While I consider the bands first three albums all to be masterpieces, I think its here that the band managed to really coalesce into a single unit. The first album, was mostly led by maestro Charly García and has a more classical music feel ... (read more)

Report this review (#200757) | Posted by Tycho | Monday, January 26, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I want to ride my Bycicle... Third studio album by 'Serú'. The style is the authentic sound by SG. At this album, the lyrics about politics are more frequent. There are also, some melancholic lyrics. A los jóvenes de ayer: the beginning couldn't be better. A los jóvenes de ayer is, may be, the m ... (read more)

Report this review (#157024) | Posted by Marcos | Saturday, December 29, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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