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2.54 | 27 ratings | 3 reviews | 11% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hijos De La Tierra (Los Jaivas - Eduardo Parra) (4:56)
2. Arde El Amazonas (Los Jaivas - Eduardo Parra, Fernando Flores) (3:56)
3. Litoraleña (Los Jaivas - Eduardo Parra) (7:41)
4. En El Tren De Paysandú (Los Jaivas - Eduardo Parra) (4:30)
5. Tan Lejos Del Sol (Los Jaivas - Eduardo Parra) (6:28)
6. Lluvia De Estrellas (Los Jaivas - Eduardo Parra) (7:21)
7. Virgen Del Amor (Los Jaivas - Eduardo Parra) (5:09)
8. Bosques Virginales (Los Jaivas - Eduardo Parra) (9:47)
9. Nubecita Blanca (Los Jaivas - Eduardo Alquinta) (3:22)

Total Time 53:15

Line-up / Musicians

- Gato Alquinta / lead vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, quena, trutruca, cultrun, trompe (jew's harp)
- Claudio Parra / piano, keyboards (Roland D70, Yamaha DX7 & Clavinova), rainstick, ratchet, vocals
- Eduardo Parra / keyboards (Roland D70, Yamaha DX7, Korg 01WFD), cascahuilla, backing vocals
- Fernando Flores / bass, charango, zither, trutruca, horn, cultrun, bongos, güiro, cowbell, Tibetan bells, udu, Roland drum machine, triangle, percussion, backing vocals
- Juanita Parra / drums, tambourine, wood block, backing vocals

- Queta Rivero / backing vocals (1)
- Aurora Alquinta / backing vocals (1,5)
- Marta Contreras / backing vocals (5)
- Mariana Montalvo / backing vocals (5)

Releases information

Artwork: René Olivares

CD Columbia ‎ CNIA 2 476077 (1995, Chile)
CD Sony Music - ? (2002, Chile)

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LOS JAIVAS Hijos De La Tierra ratings distribution

(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(19%)
Good, but non-essential (44%)
Collectors/fans only (26%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

LOS JAIVAS Hijos De La Tierra reviews

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Review by Trotsky
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2 stars This is a comeback album from 1995, with much-loved drummer Gabriel Parra having died in a car accident in 1989. Here he is replaced by his daughter Juanita whojoins her uncles Eduardo and Claudio and lead vocalist Gato Alquinta. Unfortunately, for a large portion of its running time, Hijos De La Tierra (Children of the Earth) is a very safe album, sounding more like the Gypsy Kings or 90s Santana than classic Los Jaivas! The only real nod to the once great tradition of the band's music comes towards the end with an engrossing epic Bosques Virginales which contains more than a hint of past glory.

It would take a brave prog fan to stick it out that far though, because there are many tedious and a few turgid moments along the way. Arde El Amazonas for example, is for the most part, rubbish, with some truly awful dated synths! There are some moments of promise, as on Litoralena, but generally they peter out. There is certainly not much instrumental excitement of speak of either, and while some of the performances like En El Tren Da Paysandu are passionate, the material is rarely challenge and mostly too damn ordinary!

The languid pace of Tan Lejos Del Sol and Lluvia De Estrellas, both of which seriously overstay their welcome, doesn't help matters either, because it ensures that there are times when this record is really, really lifeless! Thankfully towards the tail end of the album, Bosque Virginales offers the beleaguered listener some respite. Building up an atmosphere with synth brass sounds, before an insistent rhythm leads into the unusual vocal melody. String synths are then the order of the day, and finally some powerful lead guitar playing rules the roost. The dynamic interaction of the band is particularly pleasing and reveals just how much they have kept in reserve on the other songs!

Still, as enjoyable as Bosques Virginales is, it simply doesn't make up for the pretty pedestrian collection of songs that is the rest of the album. I'm not even sure Los Jaivas diehards will take much from this album. ... 38% on the MPV scale

Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars "Los Jaivas" are back again after a six years silent period. Their prior work ("Si Tú No Estás") being one their weakest ever.

But this one seems to march in its footsteps, unfortunately. The band was never really progressive IMO, but to listen to some poor songs as "Hijos De La Tierra", "Arde El Amazonas" and the syrupy "Lluvia De Estrellas" are a painful experience.

Some tracks are of good value. "Litoraleña" for instance. A little bluesy with weak vocals, but it features such a nice guitar break that the band is forgiven. One of the best song from this album. And even if "En El Tren." is not a great tune, it features some pleasant and fully Andean folklore atmosphere. Same applies to "Virgen Del Amor".

The melody for "Tal Lejos Del Sol" is not bad either, but as usual the vocals are not on the plus side. It is a pity because this could have raised the quality of this band all the way of their career. By far.

The best track of the album (at least it is my opinion) is "Bosques Virginales". It reminds me their very good song "La Poderosa Muerte" from "Alturas" released some forteen years earlier. The most (if not only) prog one of the whole. This song belongs to the best ones that the band has ever released. Somewhat "Bolero" oriented with this hypnotic and repetitive riff, it is a very elegant and powerful song. "Los Jaivas" should have produced more of this type. A highlight which fortunately lasts for almost ten minutes.

But how is it possible to release such a song as "Nubecita Blanca" on the same album? Unbearable!

Two stars for this album. It could have been even good if only several very poor songs wouldn't have been featured.

Latest members reviews

3 stars The main feature of this album is the "new period" in the band's history, after the tragic death of his founder-drummer Gabriel Parra in 1988. Seven years after, with Gabriel's daughter on the drums' throne Los Jaivas reappear with a new sound. The original bassist Mario Mutis was away from ... (read more)

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