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3.98 | 56 ratings | 6 reviews | 36% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Saecula Saeculorum (8:05)
2. Acqua Vitae (6:20)
3. Eu Quero Ver O Sol (5:09)
4. Constelacao De Aquarius (3:25)
5. Radio No Peito (5:48)

Total Time: 28:47

Line-up / Musicians

- Giacomo Lombardi / piano
- Jose Audisio / guitars
- Bob Walter / drums
- Edson Pla Viegas / bass
- Marcus Viana / violins
- Juninho / bass

Releases information

CD Sonhos & Sons SSCD013

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SAECULA SAECULORUM Saecula Saeculorum ratings distribution

(56 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(36%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

SAECULA SAECULORUM Saecula Saeculorum reviews

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Review by Prog-Brazil
4 stars Saecula Saeculorum ("per omnia saecula saeculorum" means for all centuries of all centuries) is a brazillian prog-band from middle of seventies. All songs are sung in portuguese (not spanish!!), except the first track: sung in portuguese and latin language. According to AMG, this album is a collection of several demo tapes preserved from that period, without their gigs. Their style is very close to folk-progressive, with harmonic violin, solos guitar, piano, bass and drums. Unfortunatelly, the band release just one album. We never heard about them anymore, only about Marcus Viana, who created Sacred Sound of the Earth and made a famous solo career in Brazil, playing progressive rock, movies soundtracks and New Age. Well, I can say Saecula was one of best brazillian prog-bands, they made a perfect marriage between classical music and rock, not forgetting to add brazillian elements. You can check Saecula music buying their CD by mail:
Review by Tarcisio Moura
4 stars Oh,those were the days! In the mid seventies seeing a good prog act was something like a distant dream. Brazil was still an exotic, farway country for most international bands and national groups only rarely did shows in my hometown. But we did have our own heroes in Saecula Saeculorum. They played some highly acclaimed shows and, needless to say, were followed everywhere by progheads (me included). We were very proud of them. They did recorded some songs but broke up before it was released (maybe that explains its short running time. Some sources claim the original LP was never completed as intended, lacking some tracks they did not have time to include). In fact, it took decades to be put out, as far as I know - the releasing date must be wrong. And although we were saddned by their demise, their young violinist Marcus Viana carried on with his own group, the now famous Sagrado Coração da Terra.

Hearing this CD nowadays brings me back in time and although the group did not succeed much in translating their electrifying live performances into the studio, it is still excellent music. Their mix of symphonic rock (a la italian bands like PFM and Banco) with West Coast acid rock (including the lyrics, all sung in portuguese) was quite interesting and unique. Some of the stuff even reminds me of another seminal brazilian band, Os Mutantes, although much less anarchic and without their humor. There are lots of classical piano parts and great violin riffs that recall Darryl Way´s (Curved Air) style. Vocals were performed by guitarrist Jose Aluisio with help from keyboards player Giacomo Lombardi and the aforementioned Marcus Viana

With a good production for the time, this CD is recommended to anyone who likes 70´s classical symphonic rock music. Fans of Sagrado Coração Da Terra and Marcus Viana will be delighted to discover that band´s roots.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars It's been a joy listening to a few South American Symphonic albums of late including this one-off from Brazil. A six piece band although two different bass players with piano and violin dominating their sound and these two guys are incredible players. The violinist would land in SAGRADO CORACAO DA TERRA by the mid eighties and lead them, such a talented man.

This is a short one under 30 minutes but very consistent and well done, especially those first three tracks which are amazing. There are vocals in Portuguese but this is mostly instrumental. The opener which is the title track is the longest at 8 minutes and for me the highlight of the record. I can't say enough how talented the pianist and violinist are. I was thinking of Banks a lot with those piano melodies and he often opens each track making me think "Firth Of Fifth" just beautiful music. A lot of tempo changes and adventure happening throughout. Just a talented band who like many Italian bands left us with an absolute classic then disappeared. Love the guitar on here it's just not that prominent.

If those last two tracks were better I would be considering 5 stars here but as it is a solid 4 star star record that I highly recommend.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Made in Brazil. The first minutes of this album starts out as an Mahavisnu Orchestra album and I am starting to wonder if I put the wrong CD in my CD player. The violins here are pretty jazzy. But the music enters a more familiar territory after a while. The opening track, the title track n ... (read more)

Report this review (#260254) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Sunday, January 10, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Saecula Saeculorum is a kind of forerunner of the famous Sagrado Coração da Terra: born in (brazilian state of) Minas Geraes with the great violinist Marcus Vianna. However, unforttunately, the band had short life, borning and dying at seventies. This unique album is a good sample of brazilian ... (read more)

Report this review (#67882) | Posted by claudss | Wednesday, February 1, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The only album by this group is an excellent work. I think it is rather original as well. The excellent violinist Marcus Viana and the pianist Giacomo Lombardi lead the music. It is a very short album, clocking only a little over 28 minutes, but this is a minor issue because the music is of high ... (read more)

Report this review (#43670) | Posted by geezer | Sunday, August 21, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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