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2.64 | 40 ratings | 3 reviews | 10% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Cacho (5:44)
2. La Vaquita (7:11)
3. Por Veinticinco Empaná (3:00)
4. Tamborcito De Milagro (4:00)
5. Que O La Tumba Serás (3:22)
6. Foto De Primera Comunión (6:34)
7. Ultimo Día (8:26)
8. Bolerito (0:25) *

* Uncredited on the LP

Total time 38:44

Line-up / Musicians

- Gato Alquinta / lead & backing vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, recorder, ocarina, congas
- Mario Mutis / bass, vocals, acoustic guitar, recorder, tarka, congas, "tamborcito", tambourine
- Eduardo Parra / organ, bongos, cultrun, xylophone, backing vocals
- Claudio Parra / pianos, güiro, rasca de metal, tambourine, maracas, "tamborcito", backing vocals
- Gabriel Parra / drums, congas, cultrun, caja, maracas, "horn", trutruca, piano (1-intro), vocals (2), backing vocals

- Geraldo Vandré / vocals (8)
- "Monks of a faraway Old World's monastery" / bells (6)

Releases information

Artwork: José Miguel Reyes

LP self-release - LMX-37 (1971, Chile)
LP Shadoks Music - SHADOKS 070 (2005, Germany)

CD Sony Music - 2 500076 (2001, Chile) Restaured & remastered by Joaquín García

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LOS JAIVAS Los Jaivas [Aka: El Volantín] ratings distribution

(40 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(10%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(15%)
Good, but non-essential (48%)
Collectors/fans only (20%)
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)

LOS JAIVAS Los Jaivas [Aka: El Volantín] reviews

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Review by ZowieZiggy
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.

Latest members reviews

2 stars I would like to begin by reviewing the best works of this band, as 'Alturas de Machu Picchu' and 'Obras de Violeta Parra', but if I review only the most important works I`d not ensure me having analyzed and reviewed all the work of Los Jaivas, so I will start by the beginning, it is preferable t ... (read more)

Report this review (#1419688) | Posted by Hannibal_20 | Monday, May 25, 2015 | Review Permanlink

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 percus ... (read more)

Report this review (#29146) | Posted by | Saturday, September 4, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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