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Prog Folk • Chile


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This band from Chile is one of the most interesting blends of folk and symphonic rock. The band featured Claudio Parra, Gabriel Parra, Gato Alquinta, Eduardo Parra and Mario Mutis (this line-up is from the LP "Cancion Del Sur"), they are playing many instruments including the ethnic tutruka, charanjo, tarka, tumbadore, bongo and maracas. In '73 the legal government was overthrown very bloody by a new, 'CIA sponsored' militarian dictatorship and Los JAIVAS had to flight. They first went to Argentina and then to France. In the Seventies en Eighties Los JAIVAS made a serie of LP's, recorded in all aforementioned countries. They gradually incorporated more progressive elements into their rock and folk based sound. Eventually Los JAIVAS developped a very unique sound that is hard to compare with known progrock bands. Perhaps you could say "Los Incas meet Mike OLDFIELD"? On their own site I read that Los JAIVAS released the live-CD "Los Jaivas: en vivo Chile" '88 and in '97 they made a record with many friends (like the band Congreso) entitled "Trilogia: El Reencuentro".

In general the album "Cancion Del Sur" from '77 is considered as a great effort. It sounds very progressive (native South-American instruments and flute along electric guitar and synthesizers) but I prefer the more mature and symphonic album "Alturas de Machu Picchu" from '81, featuring Nobel prize winning poet Pablo Neruda, responsible for the lyrics. Highlight is "La Poderosa Muerte", a melodic and harmonic composition (around 12 minutes) that starts with the typical sound of the panflute and melancholic piano notes, very beautiful and moving, followed by emotional Spanish vocals. The build up is magnificent with propulsive drums and sparkling piano play, soon accompanied by a fat sounding synthesizer and fiery electric guitar. The dramatic atmosphere is emphasized by pathetic vocal harmonies. The moods keep on shifting with lots of (ethnic) instruments, a very emotional experience and a fine proove that progrock has emotion!

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2.53 | 19 ratings
El Volantin
1971
3.26 | 25 ratings
Todos Juntos
1972
2.54 | 14 ratings
Palomita Blanca
1973
2.32 | 19 ratings
Los Sueños de América [Manduka - Los Jaivas]
1974
3.68 | 53 ratings
Los Jaivas
1975
3.47 | 45 ratings
Canción Del Sur
1977
4.21 | 223 ratings
Alturas de Macchu Picchu
1981
3.05 | 30 ratings
Aconcagua
1982
4.07 | 79 ratings
Obras De Violeta Parra
1984
2.43 | 16 ratings
Si Tu No Estás
1989
2.37 | 15 ratings
Hijos De La Tierra
1995
3.14 | 10 ratings
Trilogía: El Reencuentro
1997
3.28 | 19 ratings
Mamalluca
1999
2.57 | 13 ratings
Arrebol
2001

LOS JAIVAS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 2 ratings
Los Jaivas en Argentina
1983
4.00 | 4 ratings
Los Jaivas Ensemble (aka En Vivo En Moscu)
1984
4.04 | 7 ratings
Alturas de Machu Picchu en Concierto
1999
3.96 | 5 ratings
Los Jaivas En Concierto: Gira Chile 2000
2000
2.04 | 5 ratings
La Voragine II, La Reforma
2003
2.04 | 5 ratings
La Voragine III, El Tótem
2003
2.33 | 3 ratings
La Voragine IV, Mucha Intensidad
2003

LOS JAIVAS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.48 | 44 ratings
Alturas de Macchu Picchu
2005
5.00 | 3 ratings
Los Jaivas en Rapa Nui
2007
5.00 | 3 ratings
Los Jaivas - Ballet Nacional Chileno. Paris - Santiago
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Obras Cumbres
2013

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Mambo de Machaguay
1978
3.80 | 5 ratings
En El Bar - Restaurant Lo Que Nunca Se Supo
2000
3.47 | 6 ratings
Obras Cumbres
2003
2.13 | 5 ratings
La Vorágine I, Pan Negro
2003
2.33 | 3 ratings
La Voragine V, ¿Qué Hacer?
2004
3.51 | 3 ratings
Serie de Oro: Grandes Exitos
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Canción de amor
2005
4.75 | 4 ratings
Alturas de Macchu Picchu 30 años (CD + DVD)
2011

LOS JAIVAS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

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 Alturas de Macchu Picchu by JAIVAS, LOS album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.21 | 223 ratings

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Alturas de Macchu Picchu
Los Jaivas Prog Folk

Review by siLLy puPPy

4 stars Although LOS JAIVAS (a misspelling of "jaibas" which is Spanish for "crabs") formed all the way back in 1963 in central Chile they are best known for their 7th and most popular album ALTURAS OF MACCHU PICCHU (The Heights Of Macchu Picchu) which came out in 1981. While most South American bands who ventured into the progressive rock world eschewed the homegrown folklore styles of their respective nations, LOS JAIVAS took the exact opposite approach and fully integrated the homegrown traditional beats and rhythms of their native Chile while incorporating the symphonic bombast of progressive rock. The result is a strange hybrid that seems like a logical experiment that should have been attempted by countless bands, yet as far as I know most bands emulated their European idols and only LOS JAIVAS found success down this road. Although the band began in Chile they were uprooted during the tumultuous 70s in a volatile Chile and relocated in France for several years. It was during those years when they released some of their most celebrated albums such as ALTURAS. The music is more of a trade-off of styles for the most part rather than a complete fusion but there is plenty of fusion parts to be found.

Unless you are a speaker of the Spanish language you will not realize that ALTURAS DE MACCHU PICCHU is in fact a poem by Pablo Neruda which appeared in his book "Canto General (General Song)" from the year 1950. The Canto is actually a book of 15 poems in which "The Heights Of Macchu Picchu" is the second. The poem is a tale of the creation of humanity and how it can be witnessed in the ruins of Macchu Picchu and a celebration of the history of the indigenous inhabitants of the Andes Mountains. The poem has actually found its way into other musical formats including by the Chilean folk band Aparcoa and by the Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. LOS JAIVAS are famous for not only marrying the traditional Chilean folklore music with progressive rock but also for reciting the poem in near entirety in musical form. This is also perhaps one of the rare cases where progressive music can be danceable. The blending of the 4/4 steady beats of the folk music with the more symphonic bombast of the prog is done quite seamlessly. They make it sound easy but in fact it is quite a feat to accomplish. A unique album for a captivating blend of worldly musical styles.

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 Canción Del Sur by JAIVAS, LOS album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.47 | 45 ratings

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Canción Del Sur
Los Jaivas Prog Folk

Review by Memo_anathemo

4 stars The first time I listened to Los Jaivas was with the album "Todos Juntos" and I really liked the blend of folk music with progressive. Then I heard "Alturas de Macchu Picchu" and gosh, was it an excellent album! My interest in the band grew more and then I heard "Obras de Violeta Parra", another extraordinary album. Then, they came to Mexico and I went to see them and it has been one of the most wonderful shows I've ever experienced, so I decided to look for more music and discovered "Canción del Sur", which I consider a beautiful album with excellent folk passages and symphonic prog spread all around the songs. some of these songs were played live in the concert I attended such as "La Vida Mágica, Ay Sí". The title track "Canción del Sur" is one of the most beautiful songs Los Jaivas have in their repertoire. Excellent album.

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 Alturas de Macchu Picchu by JAIVAS, LOS album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.21 | 223 ratings

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Los Jaivas Prog Folk

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

4 stars Today's piece of prog will be "Alturas de Macchu Picchu" by the Chilean band Los Jaivas from 1981. It seems t be their most famous and appreciated album and their highest ranked one. It was a really pleasant listening which combined originallity and tradition. The cover picture is fascinating with a monster with beautiful clothes sitting on a rocky landscape holding a glass ball in its hand. The album is an addaption of Pablo Neruda's poems and it is the band's seventh record.

It contains a lot to like on these seven tracks. "Del Aire al Aire" is an instrumental beautiful introduction with indian flutes that builds up the feeling good (8/10). Next track: "La Poderosa Muerte" is the longest and also the best on this album. It shows pure love for music in form of dramatic almost opera singing, different flutes and later drums with keyboards och then electric guitar in a wonderful way. In the end I get some feelings of Ange and the final in symphonic and great. A very living track (10/10). "Amor Americano" has a very traditional South American melody, known for you who have heard South American indian folk musik. But this is also inspired of Classical European music. I find a very playful time here(9/10). "Aguila Sideral" is musicaly nice with a lot of instruments but hasn't an easy achieved melody but more of a modal feeling(7/10). "Antigua América" is the album's second best track. I find it symphonic and the melody almost Asiatic and it is very smart built up like someone climbing up a mountain(10/10). "Sube A Nacer Conmigo Hermano" takes a totally different shape, traditional perhaps but not for European ears. It sounds like a carnival or Brazilian stuff. The singer sings fast and frenetic(7/10). The record ends with "Final", a pretty surrounding of everything with pure piano and lyrical vocals(7/10).

Over all, this is good qualitative music that lightens up your world for a time. I wouldn't consider it a masterpiece but they did some wonderful experiments or musical expressions on this album. Four stars!

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 Los Jaivas by JAIVAS, LOS album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.68 | 53 ratings

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Los Jaivas
Los Jaivas Prog Folk

Review by apps79
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3 stars One of the most succesful Folk/Rock bands from Chile and definitely the most famous among Prog fans, Los Jaivas were established by brothers Claudio Parra (multi-instrumentalist), Eduardo Parra (keyboards) and Gabriel Parra (drums) in Vina del Mar around 1963, featuring also two more multi-instrumentalists, Mario Mutis and Eduardo "Gato" Alquinta.At the beginning their sound was quite immature, developing eventually a personal style during late-60's with many improvised influences, including Rock, Folk and Psychedelic Music.By early-70's the group had become very popular, releasing two albums, mostly known with the titles of their covers, but in 1973 they decided to move to Argentina due to the rising dictatorship in the country.Even worse, Mutis had to depart from his duties due to personal issues and he was replaced by Julio Anderson, while Alberto Ledo also joined in traditional instruments.In 1975 a third album with the ''Los Jaivas'' trademark was released on EMI Argentina, mostly known as ''El indio''.

''Pregon para iluminarse'' shows a very interesting mix of Andean Folk Music with Rock aesthetics, featuring delicate Spanish vocals and traditional flutes next to a jazzy piano and the nice electric guitars, but the following ''Guajira cosmica'' contains maybe too many Folk elements, led by multi-vocal tunes and a rather indifferent atmosphere, closer to traditional Andean Folk.''La conquistada'' is simply great, very much in a Latin Prog/Fusion mood, with great electric solos and beautiful piano lines mixed with acoustic strings, while for the first time the vocals are fantastic with a very sensitive color.The two short opening tracks of the flipside follow again a Chilean Folk path with a romantic atmosphere, led by plenty of vocals, dominant percussions and flutes as well as traditional acoustic instruments, like the charango and the mandolin.A very long composition will close the album, the 13-min. ''Tarka y ocarina'', which every Latin band would be proud if creating it.Here the multiple influences come in evidence, starting in a typical folky enviroment, soon bursting into an instrumental Prog Rock amalgam of Classical and Folk influences with tremendous piano work by Claudio Parra and incredible complex textures with the rhythm section along the lines of PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI, leading this into an atmospheric outro with acoustic strings and smooth piano interludes.

Rather uneven album, containing though quite a few amazing moments.''El indio'' deserves to be listened by every Prog fan, showcasing the early steps of Los Jaivas into more adventurous musical forms.Warmly recommended.

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 Obras De Violeta Parra by JAIVAS, LOS album cover Studio Album, 1984
4.07 | 79 ratings

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Obras De Violeta Parra
Los Jaivas Prog Folk

Review by Zeuhl Glikowski II

5 stars Los Jaivas (an amazing group of South America) playing the songs of Violeta Parra (an amazing composer of South America), the whole album it's a tribute to VIoleta, and the songs included on it, have the touch of progressive that only Los Jaivas could to give. my favourite track is "El Guillatún", the version of Violeta Parra, is very quiet, and slow, with only acoustic arreglements (the style of the 60's south american music), but Los Jaivas make it too much long with electric instruments but without lose the andine style. and all the songs in the album have that combination. three years earlier, Los Jaivas have published "Alturas De Macchu Picchu" with the poems of the poet Pablo Neruda, that's an amazing album too, but i think "Obras de Violeta Parra" was the biggest work in the career of Los Jaivas.

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 Alturas de Macchu Picchu by JAIVAS, LOS album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.21 | 223 ratings

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Los Jaivas Prog Folk

Review by sinslice

5 stars In Argentina's bicentennial celebrations in 2010, the Jaivas were invited to participate. It was especially exciting to hear the song play La Poderosa Muerte (The Mighty Death). This work is a classic South American progressive music, rhythms and sounds imbued native. Among the latter we find zampoña, quena, ocarina, trutucas, tarka. Alturas de Machu Pichu (At heights of Machu Pichu), the group's most progressive album, it achieved a unique fusion, incomparable. Andean folk, rock, psychedelic folk. The lyrics are by Pablo Neruda, thoughtful and intimate. Excels neat and virtuoso work of Claudio Parra in grand and electric piano. Variety is perceived in the nostalgia of The Mighty Death, Joy of Amor Americano and Sube a Nacer Conmigo Hermano, melancholy of Aguila Sideral melancholy and Antigua America. Great legacy left by this Chilean band.

And if we talk about this part of the world, Astor Piazzolla think should be included in ProgArchives, like Vox Dei.

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 Alturas de Macchu Picchu by JAIVAS, LOS album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.21 | 223 ratings

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Los Jaivas Prog Folk

Review by hacia los bosques

5 stars For me the perfect music album of folk rock prog... nothing left and nothing overdone here... each song very different, with their own theme... lyrics are very powerfull (must read it!) and the music, a very amazing dialog between rock and folk instruments and melodies... simple passages and also very complex lines... and most importat... Los Jaivas didn't try to sound like nobody but themselves... They invented a form to play music... they search for pentatonic scales based on original folky tunes of south america... they didn't play rock rythms, but the use rock instruments in a very particular style... Grande Los Jaivas.

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 Canción Del Sur by JAIVAS, LOS album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.47 | 45 ratings

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Canción Del Sur
Los Jaivas Prog Folk

Review by apps79
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3 stars Mid-70's find Los Jaivas developing their sound even more, while their fame was growing day by day.TV appearances became more frequent, their name was getting well-known in South America and they even got to perform huge symphonic concerts with the help of La Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Mar del Plata and Orquesta Sinfónica de Buenos Aires.They had just another album to record for EMI, before their contract expired, and this was meant to be ''Canción del sur'' from 1977.

The sound presented on their 75' self-titled album becomes more prominent in this work and the band reaches moments of high inspiration blended with somewhat dated folk musicianship recalling their early days.The longer cuts are propably the most interesting for prog fans.Tracks like ''Danza'', ''Dum dum tambora'' and the eponymous one are great progressive Symphonic/Folk Rock performances (although ''Dum dum tambora'' is much more on the folk side) with smooth electric guitars, atmospheric moog synthesizers, fantastic work on piano by Claudio Parra and of course lovely vocal arrangements.There is also a heavy amount of flutes, mandolin and charango thrown in to maintain the ethnic approach of the band, though the arrangements are definitely symphonic in nature.The shorter numbers are Folk Rock of high calibre, a bit dated, with acoustic strings, strong use of flutes and ocarinas and plenty of vocals, typical of the early Los Jaivas sound featuring heavy Andean Folk inspirations, but they still are pretty listenable and musically tightly connected with the rest of the album.

Notica that the 1994 EMI CD re-issue contains four bonus tracks, taken from various singles the band produced around the time ''Canción del sur'' was created, definitely interesting with a diverse style, ranging from Andean Folk to Heavy Rock and melodic Folk Rock but rather far from anything trully progressive.

''Canción del sur'' marks one of Los Jaivas' top career moments and the prog-inclined compositions leave the listener wanting for more.A strong album by the band, highly recommended both for fans of Symphonic Rock and Progressive Folk aesthetics but overall worth adding in any collection...3.5 stars.

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 Obras De Violeta Parra by JAIVAS, LOS album cover Studio Album, 1984
4.07 | 79 ratings

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Obras De Violeta Parra
Los Jaivas Prog Folk

Review by SeppeSai

4 stars As a chilean prog fan, I think you HAVE to be familiar with Violeta to fully understand this piece of art. so I'll tell you a few facts and pieces of the lyrics.

in a few words, she was raised in a bohemian family, where everyone became a poet, a musician or sth like that. she achieved great success with her folk and expressionist art, but when tried to bring back that success to chile she met indiference. that summed up with her boyfriend leaving her led her to commit suicide.

now, her songs are about all of that. run run se fue pal norte is about her swiss boyfriend leaving her, writing letters promising to come back but never doing it.(''He'll come for the anniversary of our solitude")

Gavilan is also related to that story: So many times told me the people Sparrow Hawk, Sparrow Hawk, it has claws and I, deaf kept walking uphills Sparrow Hawk, it took my entrils out in the hill I was left alone the seven elements confound me oh me, oh me, oh me the birds are scared of my crying my mouning confounds th wind

an example of her other side, more social concerned and activists an be found in Arauco tiene una pen

"one day he came from afar, devilish conqueror, looking for mountains of gold which the indian never looked for. the indian has enough with the gold that shines down from the sun''

In Arriba quemando el sol we hear a complaint for the lousy conditions of the miners: "When I saw the miners inside their rooms, I said to myself 'It lies better the snail on it's shell or in the shades of the law the refined thief, and upwards the scorching skies"

I could translate all the lyrics but I think this is a help already to submerge in the world that Violeta and Los Jaivas convey.

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 Aconcagua by JAIVAS, LOS album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.05 | 30 ratings

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Aconcagua
Los Jaivas Prog Folk

Review by Diego I

3 stars The Jaivas, Aconcacagüa album, is a little disimilar in which I consider his masterpiece, "Alturas de Machu Pichu", if it´s the case, the band kept the sound in his instrumentations, but nothing else, the energy, the depth of voice and the conjunction between the harmonies and the symbolism of the letters, all that he had in his previous job and how much they gave, was lost in this "Aconcagua", far from being a conceptual album supposedly, this can not spin a song after another and finally they are all divided, restricted to unitarianism, and that together they do not achieve much by themselves fail to almost nothing. Although this is not a total catastrophe album, I think that have very redeemable melodies, one that runs catch you with an interesting drum solo, although by the time this happens the album will have a few minutes and then becomes an (almost) big disappointment, really my three star rating is five out of ten, no more.

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