Los Jaivas

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4.73 | 40 ratings | 4 reviews | 69% 5 stars

Essential: a masterpiece of
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DVD/Video, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Del Aire al Aire
2. La Poderosa Muerte
3. Amor Americano
4. Aguila Sideral
5. Antigua America
6. Sube a Nacer Conmigo Hermano
7. Final

Total time 47 min

Presentation in charge of the Peruvian Nobel Prize Nominee Mario Vargas Llosa talking about Pablo Neruda's masterpiece

1. Behind the Scenes (20:05)
2. Sube a Nacer Conmigo Hermano (Collage of shows around the world with the band's different line-ups) (5:57)
3. Aguila Sideral (Video clip of this song recorded in EMI - Electrola, Köln Germany, in June 1981)
4. Los Jaivas cuetan la historia (42:40)
5. Solos instrumentales (45:16)
6. Karaoke (10:01)
7. Discography
8. Biography
9. Photo gallery


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Line-up / Musicians

- Gato Alquinta / lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, cuarto, zampoña, quena, ocarina
- Mario Mutis / bass, electric guitar, zampoña, quena, vocals
- Eduardo Parra / electric piano, Mini-Moog, tarka
- Claudio Parra / grand and electric piano, mini-Moog, harpsichord
- Gabriel Parra / drums, percussion, xylophone, trutrucas, tarka, vocals

- Juanita Parra / drums (on DVD extras, "Sube a Nacer Conmigo Hermano")

- Alberto Ledo / all instruments (1)
- Patricio Castillo / quena (4), tarka (5)
- Mario Vargas Llosa / narrator

Releases information

Filmed in 1981

DVD Sony/BMG, Sony Music Enterteintment Chile Ltda SON-9201012 (2005)

Sound options: Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1.
Subtitles: Spanish, English, Portugal, French, German

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(69%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(18%)
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Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Prog Specialist
5 stars Can still remember a cold Sunday night in 1981 when casually selected channel 7 on my TV (The official TV Station of Perú), on those days in which there was no cable and the chances of finding good music on TV were really small, but there it was, a special about Los Jaivas filmed with the incredible view of Macchu Picchu, playing their best work in front of the lost city that inspired Pablo Neruda to write the poems that were used as lyrics for this album.

Twenty-four years after we can watch the rebirth of this special after digitalizing it plus the inclusion of several and interesting additions about which we'll talk later.

This special was filmed with background music because the "experts" said the use of loudspeakers could damage the city of Macchu Picchu, something we know it's absurd, but the bureaucracy need to invent some excuse to justify their salaries. Despite this fact, the DVD is simply amazing, beginning with the interesting presentation by the Literature Nobel Prize Nominee Mario Vargas Llosa describing with great detail and sensibility Pablo Neruda's poem Alturas the Macchu Picchu, something every person interested in culture and literature must listen, one great, novelist describing a great poet.

About the songs, there's not much to talk because all are described and reviewed in the self titled album that we can find in this archives, only must add that listening the music and lyrics (with English translation) in the exact place that served Neruda as inspiration is almost a religious experience.

It's also important especially for foreign listeners to have a view of the native instruments that were used by Los Jaivas in some songs and how incredibly they blend them with electric guitars, drums and synthesizers. The encounter of the ancient culture and the modern technology described in a few images.

The extras are simply outstanding, especially Sube a Nacer Conmigo Hermano, The World is a Stage where Los Jaivas show us several interpretations of this great song around the world and during 24 years, from Perú to Chile, Moscow, Paris, etc, in this collage we can see Juanita Parra who replaced the original drummer and her father Gabriel Parra after his tragic death, absolutely emotional.

I am really impressed with this release, which is a great addition not only for the music lovers but also for those interested in Peruvian ancient history and Latin American Literature.

I know that being Peruvian I'm more emotional and subjective when watching this DVD, but being absolutely honest, can't rate such beauty and musical virtuosity with less than 5 stars, a must have for every prog' fan.


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Review by erik neuteboom
5 stars Have you ever seen a Minimoog that conquered Peru? Did you ever witness a progrock band on a height of 6000 kilometers? Well, watch this video featuring the splendid and very unique blend of folk, rock, classic and symphonic that Los Jaivas made on their album "Alturas the Macchu Picchu"! I have nothing to add to the other two reviews on this site so, I can only say: DISCOVER THIS BAND THAT MIXES SKILLS AND EMOTIONS IN A SUPERIOR WAY!! By the way, did National Geographic sponsored this DVD?


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4 stars I loved this movey I also saw in Canal 13 de Chile, a concert given live in Teatro Caupolican, with a full chamber orchestra to help them out, a series of concerts by Los Jaivas named: En algun lugar del mundo, co-produced by Canal Trece with exclusive rights of transmision, everybody was fixed ... (read more)

Report this review (#135076) | Posted by donmax75 | Monday, August 27, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars It does few days back buys east DVD and the truth this excellent one in all aspects 1. - the audio one is incredible 5,1 you will not be lost of nor a detail. 2. - Apparently they fixed the images with respect to the audio one, memory that in the VHS was out of phase. 3. - The unpublished mat ... (read more)

Report this review (#35227) | Posted by MANTICORE | Saturday, June 04, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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