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CANTURBE

Crossover Prog • Argentina


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Argentinian band CANTURBE was formed towards the end of the 1970's, with Jorge Garacotche (guitars, vocals) as the main and founding member. The first stable line-up of the band saw him joined by Luis Blanco (bass), Alejandro Fiori (guitars) and Gabriel Pelizzari (drums), and the foursoume issued their debut album El Vuelo de los Olvidados towards the end of 1980.

For the next few years the band would build themselves a steady following in their home town of Bueons Aires, both due to extensive live activity but also due to their lyrics, most of which were centered around persons and events placed in that city.

A second album, Bonpland, followed in 1983, while Clandestine was released in 1986. Fernando Bellini replaced Blanco on 1989's Del Magico Munde, while Litto Nebbia and Maria Jose Cantilo joined their ranks for the following years En Venta.

Canturbe broke up in 1992, but just over a decade after the band had called it quits they reformed again. This has so far resulted in an additional chapter in their discography, issued in 2008 as Sociedad Secreta de Melancólicos.

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FlotteurFlotteur
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Sociedad Secreta De MelancolicosSociedad Secreta De Melancolicos
Viajero Inmovil Records
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2.96 | 12 ratings
El Vuelo de los Olvidados
1980
2.67 | 3 ratings
Bonpland
1983
3.57 | 9 ratings
Sociedad Secreta de Melancolicos
2008
3.75 | 4 ratings
Tangos en Espera
2011
3.75 | 12 ratings
Flotteur
2018

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 El Vuelo de los Olvidados by CANTURBE album cover Studio Album, 1980
2.96 | 12 ratings

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El Vuelo de los Olvidados
Canturbe Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Truth to be told, I didn't even know this Argentinan band a couple of hours ago. What makes me want to review this album - that I was just listening to from YouTube as a background listening for working - is the fact that there's only one rather unfavourable review. Apps79's objective description of the music actually isn't anything I would strongly disagree, but to me two stars feels a bit hard for such a pleasant album like this. "Anyone expecting the participation of [keyboardist Charly] Garcia would made a huge impact will be extremely dissapointed, as the album contains sporadic and very mellow keyboard colors throughout", he writes. Well, I had no expectations of any kind, and because of the low ratings I was prepared to change once again the haphazardly PA-picked Crossover Prog band in the Tube. I was happily delighted during my listening.

Yes, there's a strong ballad atmosphere on most tracks. But I find the album entity also dynamic enough to recommend it for anyone interested to hear mellow late-70's prog sung in Spanish. Something not so every-day stuff, right? The lead vocals of Jorge Garacotche are tender and clean, a bit like Don McLean on his highest, and the harmonies work well. The instrumentation favours acoustic guitar, and I wonder if this could be categorized as Prog Folk as well. On some songs piano does a great effect as the lead instrument. There's also at least one instrumental track (understandably I can't go into track-by-track details as I'm listening the album from YouTube).

The key word is mellowness, no doubt of that. Forget this if you're searching for edgy and complex prog. If you're fond of soft, pastoral and emotionally oriented Crossover or folk-oriented prog with light arrangements, I bet you'll have lots to enjoy here. 3˝ stars rounded upwards.

 Sociedad Secreta de Melancolicos by CANTURBE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.57 | 9 ratings

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Sociedad Secreta de Melancolicos
Canturbe Crossover Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars Canturbe is an Argentinian band that released 5 studio-albums between 1980 and 1990 and returned to the scene after many years with this album in 2008. Later Canturbe also released the albums Tangos En Espera in 2011 and Flotteur in 2018.

The music in the 13 songs sound a bit subdued but very pleasant. A strong element is the warm, sometimes melancholical Spanish voice. And I am very pleased with the wide range of instruments, wonderfully blended into the songs. Like the distinctive bandoneon (strong interplay with the volume pedal electric guitar in Eternidades and Contrasenas) but also the vibraphone (Odiseo Por Buenos Aires), violin (Guarderia Para Melancolicos), saxophone and panflute (Tiro Al Argento) and acoustic guitar (beautiful soli in Guarderia Para Melancolicos and Una Mujer En Buenos Aires).

At some moments Canturbe their music evokes 70-77 Genesis, due to the lush keyboards, like the opener Tarde Ensayos and the dreamy final track Tarde Para Ensayos ' Instrumental. The composition Volando En Una Linterna even sounds like 24-carat symphonic rock, featuring a fluent rhythm and wonderful work on the electric guitar and synthesizers.

Canturbe their music is blended with strong musical ideas, emphasizing the captivating eclectic sound by Canturbe, this is an interesting comeback.

My rating: 3,5 star.

 El Vuelo de los Olvidados by CANTURBE album cover Studio Album, 1980
2.96 | 12 ratings

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El Vuelo de los Olvidados
Canturbe Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars Singer/guitarist Jorge Garacotche was the man behind this Canturbe band from Argentina.He settled the act in 1977 along with bassist Luis Blanco as well as Adriana Lelva and Roberto Miranda on drums and guitars.Musical differences led to the departure of of Miranda and Lelva, who were replaced by Alejandro Fiori and Gerardo Antonel respectively.This quartet recorded the cassette ''El vuelo de los olvidados'' in 1980 with the help of Charly Garcia on keyboards.The album was re-released 23 years later in CD format by Viajero Inmovil.

Canturbe played some sort of song-based Soft Prog with guitars on the forefront, light Psych influences and a huge dose of romantic vocal lines.Many compare them to the Italian Prog scene, but the truth seems to be that their sound is closer to compatriots REDD.Very relaxing material, bordering to pure background music, with an alternation between calm acoustic textures and light electric guitars, sometimes with a district Fusion touch on the delivery.Anyone expecting the participation of Garcia would made a huge impact will be extremely dissapointed, as the album contains sporadic and very mellow keyboard colors throughout.The majority of the tracks have a strong ballad atmosphere and lack any kind of dynamics, still the vocal arrangements of Garacotche contain some nice emotion.Unfortunately one will have to search hard for some decent adventurous themes, exciting musiciaship and even more some needed energy...and these are contained only in the long ''En virtud del obcecado'' with its fiery second section, where keyboards and guitars eventually make some noise.

Not an album I would dare to recommend to fans of any kind of energetic Progressive Rock music.This is a release, which will please only fans of soft Acoustic Prog or anyone searching for a good album for his forthcoming rendezvous.

 Sociedad Secreta de Melancolicos by CANTURBE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.57 | 9 ratings

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Sociedad Secreta de Melancolicos
Canturbe Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars A gentle affair by this Argentinian band, and as the album title implies melancholic moods are explored extensively on this venture.

Slow to mid-paced compositions with piano or acoustic guitar providing the dominant themes and motifs is what's offered, with a gentle symphonic backdrop as an almost ever present feature. A few instances of guitar riffs used to provide darker textures will be found, while what sounds like an accordion is used often and to great effect to add some variation to the proceedings. A select few jazzy passages are added to good effect as well.

Residing somewhere in the twilight zone between gentle adult oriented rock and the lighter side of the art rock universe, this disc should be a pleasant experience for those looking for mellow art rock crafted with an emphasis on distinct moods and strong but pleasant melodies.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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