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3.58 | 45 ratings | 5 reviews | 27% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Canción para mi muerte (3:37)
2. Necesito (2:16)
3. Dime quién me lo robó (6:30)
4. Estación (1:28)
5. Tomá dos blues (3:33)
6. Natalio Ruiz, el hombrecito del sombrero gris (3:50)
7. Mariel y el Capitán (2:45)
8. Amigo, vuelve a casa pronto (3:26)
9. Quizás, porque (2:17)
10. Cuando comenzamos a nacer (When We Start to Be Born) (García) (2:40)
11. Posludio (Poslude) (García) (0:50)

Total Time 33:12

Line-up / Musicians

- Carlos Alberto "Charly" García Moreno / piano, guitar, vocals, composer
- Carlos Alberto "Nito" Mestre / guitar, concert flute, vocals

- Claudio Gabis / guitar
- Jorge Pinchevsky / violin
- Alejandro Medina / bass
- Francisco Pratti / drums

Releases information

LP Microfon ‎- SE-369 (1972, Argentina)
LP Sony Music ‎- 94751 (2015, Argentina)

CD Microfon ‎- C-11 (1990, US)
CD Microfon ‎- 2-478859 (1996, Argentina) 20-bit remaster
CD Sony Music ‎- 8869 774149-2 (2010, Argentina)

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SUI GENERIS Vida ratings distribution

(45 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(27%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(40%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

SUI GENERIS Vida reviews

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Review by Zitro
3 stars Who would have thought that this little hippie folk album would make such a big impact in Argentine music and lead to much better things? This album was written by a duo of youngsters, Nito Mestre and Charly Garcia, who grew rapidly into a top notch songwriter. Vida was a big hit in Argentina, carrying a group of easy and charming fireside tunes with a great sense of melody.

The best example is what may actually be Charly Garcia's most recognizable composition: Canción Para mi Muerte, which not only has extremely memorable melodies and charming guitar/piano interplay but it also fools the listener into thinking that it is a song sung to a girlfriend. It isn't, it is actually sung to death itself. Surprising, isn't it? And this is just a shadow the much better lyrical writing of the next albums and especially Serú Girán's lyrics which border on genius.

While that is in my opinion the best song from this album, it does not mean that the rest is disappointing. There are in my opinion three other highlights and the rest mostly works as simple, charming music. Dime Quien me lo Robó, which is the longest song in the album is a mostly acoustic tune like most are, but has a somewhat story-telling structure and eventually leads to a fiery (for them) electric guitar section. Cuando Comenzamos a Nacer is a beautiful flute-driven folk tune which might not be immediate due to its simplicity but grows on you and Prosludio is a short instrumental with flute and piano interplay which is very effective and charming, a great way to close the album.

The only song that really doesn't work for me is Toma Dos Blues, a surprisingly weak blues number with no interesting solos to redeem it. I guess I could include Mariel y el Capitán's major->minor->major transitions which sound a bit silly and forced.

Nevertheless, this is an important album which while dated, still brings a pleasure to my ears.

Latest members reviews

4 stars The beginning of a legend, Charly Garcia, with Nito Mestre, formed Sui Generis, this Argentinian folk band. The first record "Vida" was very simple actually, folk songs, some of them with really rich harmonies and progressions, but accessible songs. However, without this album, and the next t ... (read more)

Report this review (#2972301) | Posted by progrockeveryday | Friday, December 8, 2023 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Review #18: Vida "Sabemos que pronto va a llover fuerte... mejor estemos juntos esta vez" Charly García is my main influence and my favorite artist ever. To this day I still have the same thoughts about his powerful, important and innovative figure in the Argentine rock scene over the years. ... (read more)

Report this review (#2673339) | Posted by Saimon | Monday, January 17, 2022 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Charly García's talent begins to blossom in this album. Even though most of the songs are quite simple and straightforward, the melodies are beautiful and memorable (as most of Charly's melodies are). Also the first examples of the powerful yet sublime vocal harmonies that Charly and Nito achi ... (read more)

Report this review (#287049) | Posted by AcostaFulano | Friday, June 18, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Welcome Sui to PA! Charly and Nito were about 20-year boys and had a lot of fans in a short time. The first album by Sui Generis is a collection of songs which mix pop, folk, some of blues, played with a piano, an acoustic guitar, a flute, drums and a bass guitar. The arrangement shows they ... (read more)

Report this review (#162186) | Posted by Marcos | Tuesday, February 19, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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