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RECORDANDO O VALE DAS MAÇÃS

Symphonic Prog • Brazil


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RECORDANDO O VALE DAS MAÇÃS (translated: Remembering The Valley Of Apples - RVM for short) is a very good example of mellow Brazilian instrumental symphonic prog-rock. Besides the standard guitar / dual keyboards / bass / drums lineup, the sound includes violin, flute and digital horn. Their music mixes in very good proportions the calm symphonic passages of a South American flavored CAMEL with Brazilian Folk (MPB), some North American Country reminiscences, a lot of good taste textures and even some baroque and renaissance sparkles.

With only one exceptional album recorded in 1977: "As crianças da nova floresta" is a very nice South American heavy, melodic classical progressive album from the 70's. This is very well balanced between great, GILMOUR-like guitar, flute everywhere, double keyboards, and classical guitar. Here the influence of CAMEL and generally of light symphonic/light Canterbury is evident. The arrangements are always very tastefully done, musically involved, and consistently interesting. "1977-1982" is the re-issue of this album with two bonus tracks. Recommended if you appreciate bands such as the South American "O TERÇO", "OS MUTANTES", "SAGRADO CORAÇÃO DA TERRA, PABLO EL ENTERRADOR and the classic CAMEL.

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4.26 | 21 ratings
As Crianças Da Nova Floresta
1977
3.57 | 9 ratings
1977-1982
2002

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 As Crianças Da Nova Floresta by RECORDANDO O VALE DAS MAÇÃS album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.26 | 21 ratings

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As Crianças Da Nova Floresta
Recordando o Vale das Maçãs Symphonic Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
Prog Reviewer

4 stars After all, South American bands are not too many to have break the lines of good criticism on PA. And this one surely deserves all of your attention. A one shot band perhaps, but lots of great Italian bands also played in this division of one chord wonders.

The music you will discover here is absolutely delightful. Superb violins, instrumental harmonies, subtle and great fluting, great guitar: you name it!

Each piece of music is admirable. The longest one "The Children Of the New World" almost holds everything you could expect from the symphonic genre (my fave one I guess while I look at my stats on PA).

There are hardly any loose moment available on this offering. All instrumental, but this really doesn't matter while the musical level reaches such high proportions. Maybe one of the best Brazilian prog album ever (together with the sublime "Depois Do Fim" from "Bacamarte").

Such albums on a prog site surely deserves more than three reviews with comments (four with this one). I can only invite you to listen to this work, to enjoy it as I did, to review it so that this lost gem of the seventies gets the reward it deserves.

The very much "Santana" like "Water" is also a very pleasant piece of music of which the great guitar work says it all. Emotion at its peak. And you might know, emotion is a key factor in my musical passion. Fantastic and bombastic final part: another highlight for sure.

But when you listen to the sublime "Hermit" and its fantastic guitar, what can you say? Magical I guess! What a great piece of music. Even if the great Carlos has been borrowed, I can only succumb to such a great track (at least during the initial and closing parts).

The same feeling prevails during the excellent "Seeds Of Light": a gorgeous Andean fluting and some extraordinary guitar lines again. This album offers really some great symphonic prog moments. It is all enchantment and the only reason why I don't rate it with five stars is probably the lack of some great vocal parts.

Nonetheless, this remarkable work should attract your ears, heart and writing skills. This is an excellent album. Symph prog at its best.

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1977-1982
Recordando o Vale das Maçãs Symphonic Prog

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars Latin America in general, and Brazil in particular, sported its own back to the earth young folks back in the early 70s. The vicissitudes of communal life and the music industry being what they were and are, their ideas often were not committed to vinyl until later in the decade or beyond, at which point their sunny optimism was swallowed whole by the prevalent cynicism of the time. One must be careful to judge the whole of the effort independent of its time while still acknowledging the conditions that inspired the artists on their quest. RECORDANDO O VALE DAS MACAS (Memory of Apple Valley) only produced one album in their day, to which several later tracks were added on the CD reissue currently under discussion. It's assuredly a trip back to an era long past, but with timeless virtues to be appreciated in any era - acoustic instrumentation and occasional flourishes, sprightly melodies, and gentle harmonies.

The centerpiece here is "As Crianças da Nova Floresta" which closed the original album, and might be of greatest interest to readers here. However, while it is often brilliant, it is also a bit too much of a collage rather than a suite or an epic, and accentuates how the group was first and foremost a more simple folk/country act with progressive touches. The flutes of guest Domingos Mariotti are worth highlighting, as are the jointly shared vocals, which are lovely in both genders. While linguistically apart, this work recalls the Argentinian 70s group MAGMA in its deceptive gentility.

The band's strength lay in the less brocaded material, especially the stunning "Besteira", apparently rescued from a trash bin after a moment of frustration. Its twists and turns, flutes, fiddles, and arresting chorus come closest to capturing the coda to a generation. I even hear some Eastern European rhythms. It is the only cut that fully works for me, although everything but the rather disinterested "Olhar De Um Louco" is worth hearing, and the flourishes of a Brazilian country music style in the album opener and the closing bonus track work well. Keyboards generally represent background accompaniment but are clearly informed by the progressive rock of the day.

Recommended for prog folk fans and gentle Latin tinged world music fans, Recordando is a thankfully resurrected memory worth retaining, even if it might not be as essential as your daily apple.

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1977-1982
Recordando o Vale das Maçãs Symphonic Prog

Review by Prog-Brazil
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4 stars "Recordando o Vale das Maçãs" (Remembering Apples Valley) is a brazillian band from seventies. It is destinated for symphonic and folk progressive fans. According their website, this album is called "As Crianças da Nova Floresta II" (The children of the New Forest). It is first edition (1977) plus two singles from 1982. The music sounds like country- rock sometimes with violin and flute, but always progressive. Hear the second track, for example, I do like that song. The lyrics talk about country life, simple way of life to find freedom and happiness, and you will find humour sense there too. The longest track (As Crianças da Nova Floresta) is very close to another brazillian band in the begginig, Azymuth, but soon comes a long flute solo until keyboards, violin and others instruments are added. This song talk about introspective feeling, child vision. In the end, the lyric is sung something like this: "unam suas maos e venham conhecer essas crianças porque essas crianças são vocês" (join your hands and come to know that children, because that children are you), and a female vocal is added..na na nanananana... beautiful! I didn't hear their second album yet. But I know it is more instrumental than this one. Three and half or four stars to this album!

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Recordando o Vale das Maçãs Symphonic Prog

Review by Carl floyd fan
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5 stars Very chill, relaxing music. It is all instrumental and will put you at ease with no harsh sounds or rude awakenings. Pick up this rare Brazilian gem and it will remind you of a cross between Focus, Yes and Hendrix. Granted that may not be a great explanation but it is really tough to describe these guys as they are unique, but very easy going in their sound. Hurry and find the cd or at least download it if all else fails!

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Recordando o Vale das Maçãs Symphonic Prog

Review by lor68
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4 stars It is the Brazilian reply to the Argentinian band PABLO EL ENTERRADOR or to the Italian ensemble LOCANDA DELLE FATE, but they are much more in the vein of such light music from Canterbury than these latter... This album is not a masterpiece and is inferior than the best works by SAGRADO CORACAO DA TERRA, another important Brazilian band; but naturally it can complete your collection regarding the light symphonic scene of late seventies in South America, as it represents a sensible Latin rock, with progressive and symphonic elements (listen to the guitarist by R.V.M. and you can note a certain resemblance to SANTANA!!)

Recommended, even though it is not essential!!

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