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Eclectic Prog • Argentina


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This Argentine group plays very intricate and original music. Along with the traditional rock set-up (guitar, bass, and drums), the band featured a violonist, flutist, saxophonist, and pianist. Their music is complex, energetic, and diabolical in a KING CRIMSON-ish sort of way. Influences are varied (classic, jazz, rock, folk) but make up quite an interesting blend.

"Anabelas" consists of three long compositios, and features mostly instrumental music that sounds like a combination of early KING CRIMSON and ANGLAGARD. For those who are into more intricate prog, there is plenty of dissonance and structural complexity to delight, but is still a PHENOMENAL album.

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4.28 | 425 ratings
Anabelas
1978

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Resplandor
2016

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4.08 | 7 ratings

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Resplandor
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

4 stars 38 years later, and seemingly out of nowhere, Bubu is back.

"Anabelas" composer Daniel Andreoli has assembled a new team of young Buenos Aires musicians to carry on the musical tradition of the original 70's Bubu line-up, aiming to create complex, mood-shifting music, sometimes abrasive, sometimes ethereal. The music on "Resplandor" is very similar in feel and timbre to that on "Anabelas"; indeed, if you liked the first one, you'll like this one too. For those who are unaware of what Bubu sounds like, I'd recommend going with "Anabelas" first, but just know that the band can most easily be compared to King Crimson (Lizard or Larks' Tongues era) for its chaotic, often jazz-tinged soundscapes, or, for a more modern equivalent, Birds and Buildings, who shares a very similar compositional style.

"Resplandor" is very short, clocking in at less than the length of "El Cortejo De Un Dia Amarillo" and works best when listened to as a single suite. I won't get too detailed with a track-by-track but I do have to say that the second track "Omer" is currently my favourite, though all 3 have something unique to offer. The reason why I don't give "Resplandor" 5 stars, because the playing and compositional quality are certainly there, is just because the short length leaves you wanting for more. Though, to paraphrase a comment I read on Bubu's facebook page: "That's the point of an EP". All things considered, I'll give this new release 4 stars for containing some excellent prog that will hopefully hold us all over until Andreoli and the boys get around to making a full length album.

 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.28 | 425 ratings

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Anabelas
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

5 stars Wow.

If there was every a vote cast for the greatest album of all time, I would not hesitate to put this one as a write in. Definitely a top 5 prog album, no doubt, and the most original, compelling prog effort the western hemisphere has ever produced. But what makes this album so great? Is it the complex, layered instrumentation and innovative structure? The virtuoso performances? The intensity and spirit behind the playing? The seamless shifts between moods? The variety in style from symphonic prog to jazz to pastoral folk to heavy metal? All of these are contributing factors to Anabelas' excellence but what makes this album really stand out that other reviewers haven't touched on is its story.

In an interview with saxophone player Wim Forstman, Wim retells the Bubu story; an album 8 years in the making. 8 years of musical struggle, writing and rehearsing for hours a day for years straight, perfecting their arrangements, all on the recommendation of a spirit, who told them to get a band together. And who are Bubu anyway? The members of Bubu are some of Argentina's finest musicians, the backup bands of the country's biggest pop acts, players in the national symphony and starving artists, devoting their time to the music they love. This is musician's music and it's brilliant. During a time when a right wind military junta was ruling the country and cracking down on the left wing, Bubu was brewing up a silent revolution that was loud, raucous and beautiful as all hell.

If you're a fan of more avant-garde or complex prog, this is essential listening. 5 stars without question.

 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.28 | 425 ratings

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Anabelas
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by marcobrusa

5 stars Pupil became master. Bubu is my favourite band from my country and they came back a couple months ago with a new EP named "Resplandor" (composer in tha bass, same woman on keys an the rest are new young people and they are really good). I saw them live a couple weeks ago and they played their new EP + the last 2 songs from this album. They were amazing live, really. They included dancers too. How many prog bands do that? And it worked perfectly. They don't sound representative being an argentinean band. They sound european but with spanish lyrics of course. Not a bad thing at all, considering how many poor imitators of british bands are out there... plus, influences cannot be denied. A King Crimson air is present in all three songs. But overall, the compositions are extremely original. The final result was an album of epic proportions. Not representative as some said, but the highest value for me in this case is quality. I feel many things. One of them is national proud. So, this band is better than most prog bands from the rest of the world. Why not feel national proud? What a monster! So underrated, just think about The Mars Volta. What a shame people, grow up and listen to this masterpiece. Come all together to me if you desagree. This is essential.
 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.28 | 425 ratings

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Anabelas
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

5 stars Nope, not the traditional music played by the Temne people of Sierra Leone and not Yogi bear's cartoon sidekick! This is the band from Argentina and one of the most unique sounding bands in all of prog and unfortunately all we got out of them is this one exquisitely performed album titled ANABELAS.

BUBU were masters of taking all of the prog influences that came before ranging from Crimson, Genesis, ELP, Yes, Italian symphonic and countless others and weaving it all together into an amazingly cohesive and satisfying set. I agree with those who refer to this as King Crimson playing with Anglagard might be the closest analogy.

Only 3 long tracks compose this album "El Cortejo De Un Día Amarillo" - The procession of a yellow day. "El Viaje de Anabelas" - The journey of Anabelas "Sueños de Maniquí" - Dreams of a dummy (the kind ventriloquists have)

There seems to be no South American influences like tango or bossa nova. This can be airy or bombastic and doesn't rely on melodic development for the most part. There are occasional lead vocals and haunting choirs but most of all it is complex instrumental interplay between up to eight different instruments including excellent lead guitars and violin.

This is another one of those growers. No way to discern it all on first spin. The more I listen to this the more I love it! A genuine smorgasbord of prog and an absolutely amazing piece of work!

 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.28 | 425 ratings

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Anabelas
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by ScorchedFirth

5 stars (9/10)

"Anabelas" is a fantastic one-shot album from Argentinian band Bubu. It will definitely appeal to fans of the approach of Van Der Graaf Generator and particularly early King Crimson, with aggressive heavy saxophone, eclectic use of other instruments such as flute and violin, and songs that move brilliantly between serene melodies and mad chaos, all put together in an a way that somehow works. But there is so much more to it than that, and the sound achieved here is way more than can be expressed by simply listing influences.

One of the biggest contributing factors to the diverse and original sound is probably the size of the lineup. There are at least 8 members, including 3 different Eduardos. That must have got confusing for them! The fact that Bubu also have Daniel Andreoli listed for 'composition and arrangement' gives you a clue as the musical calibre of this record. We have violin, flute, and saxophone, in addition to the standard rock instruments, and all are a treat. Any instrument here is capable of taking an effective lead, or working across another. Everything has it's place, whether it be centre stage, an accompanying back seat, or simply working as part of the unified full-band rush in other parts.

The songs are all long (one song on the first side, and the second side is split into two, similar to the structure of "Close To The Edge"), and there is a lot packed into each of these tracks. Sometimes the parts transition sharply, to stark effect, and sometimes they build skilfully and flow naturally. The epic "El Cortejo De Un Día Amarillio" is a great example of both. It is a song that emerges gradually and then takes you on a real music journey. The variety of instruments is pulled off so well, giving a really full on sound, and a lot of sonic depth. The instruments trade short virtuoso parts without ever getting out of hand. The saxophone is particularly driving, the bass and drums are always catchy and involved, all the lead instruments make significant contributions, there are wordless freaky ethereal female backing vocals as the sound builds (tinges of zehul here), and even a few short blasts of a whistle in there (about 13 minutes in). What a song! The whole piece is tied together with a lot of thought. For me this song represents a wonderful synthesis of an eclectic musical language, combined with grand symphonic ambitions.

There is often a lot going on at any one moment, and so the music requires a few listens to fully appreciate. Despite living within the same sort of sound, both "El Viaje De Anabelas" and "Sueños De Maniquí" manage to offer us further distinctive delights in this manner. The former especially showcases Bubu's ability to move from beautiful symphonic parts, to violent and pretty heavy parts naturally and effortlessly, and gives us more of the intense female vocals. We also get a good amount of singing, in Spanish. When I was reviewing the Finnish band Haikara, I noted that a band singing in it's native language is often a great way to give said band it's own identity, and it bears repeating here. I think this principle is probably especially true in the eclectic prog sub-genre. Here the occasional vocals are a fun addition, and definitely do add to the overall sound.

My Spanish is far too rusty to translate most of what is being sung, but I do know enough to know that "Sueños De Maniquí" means "Dreams of Mannequin", so I'd be willing to bet that the lyrics are a match for the music in terms of weirdness. The song itself is a great piece. A pleasant start with melodic Spanish vocals turns menacing as guitar and bass roll in, followed by flute and saxophone and we are off into a mad charge. It is full band chaos, the same way "21st Century Schizoid Man" did it, but with so many more changes to style and mood. Vocals come in for the second half, and as I mentioned above, are very accomplished. The singer has impressive range and power. In fact, my one criticism of this album is that they probably could have used the singer slightly more. I think I read somewhere that he used to ride a bicycle up to the front of the stage and then start singing, which is pretty bizarre behaviour. It wouldn't surprise me if this was true.

It's a real shame this is Bubu's only offering to the world, because this was a very exciting album, full of ideas, and it seems like this band had so much promise. Perhaps it was the trouble with censorship that the band faced in their homeland of Argentina (and saw the album released many years after recording), or perhaps it was something else entirely. Whatever it was, we missed out, because this album is stunning.

 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.28 | 425 ratings

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Anabelas
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars It's really a gem!

The music of Bubu is really distinctive even though you might find some elements of other prog bands. I can see the beauty of the music from how excellent the album was composed considering wide talents of various musicians with many types of instruments. The main reason why this is excellent is merely its distinctive style in just three songs in the album - just like Yes "Relayer" or "Close To The EDge" but in another musical category.

I found it hard to enjoy the music at first spin but it then grew on me when I found that the key characteristics of the music are more on compositions that comprise unpredictable flow and style. Do not expect nice melody in this album as you won't definitely find it! That's great thing about prog music - you are not demanded to have nice melody as long as the other four components are good or even great: harmonies, complexities, change of styles and structural integrity. For this only album of Bubu the four components mark high to my musical taste.

For a good start, try spin the first track El Cortejo de un Día Amarillo (19:25) repeatedly. When the track finishes do not continue with the next, just repeat the first track many times until you get all the song subtleties. If you like complex music like eclectic prog, you will find this track enjoyable after you spin three times at minimum. But if you are blown away by the first spin, you have great progressive mind and I admire you! In my case, this first track hooked me after I spun more than three times. Why? I did expect the melody to happen and it did not. I then gave up the melody expectation and tried to enjoy the music AS-IS. Boom! They got me hooked! Why? I really enjoy the movement of segments in the track that happens frequently plus the complexities of the music.

Overall, I really salute this band from Argentina who was successful in creating a music of its own and break out the traditional limitations of prog. I highly recommend you to have this album and enjoy the music as-is - do not expect using song orientated mindset as you will definitely fail. Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.28 | 425 ratings

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Anabelas
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by Sagichim
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

5 stars Bubu???

Kind of a silly name for a band with very sophisticated music. Bubu is one of those lost pearls which have been discovered in the last decade. And the only thing available from them is this album. It's one of the most important recoding to come from argentina, the band is taking some evident influences from prog giants as king crimson, van der graaf and frank zappa. but also include a full band using sax, flute, violin, piano and a composer/arranger, well how can you not, using all those instruments. This had also proved to be working well, the music is put down perfectly every part connect to the next smoothly and there is a feeling of a whole piece instead of a piece which is divided to chapters.

The music has a very wide range of styles fusing eclectic, symphonic, psychedelic, jazz, avant and has some fusion elements. Other than that it has a wide range of moods, from classical sounding to crazy freaky outbursts of madness, and from dissonant to very melodic and easy. The sound is brilliant and very pleasant, again credit is to arranger Daniel Andreoli which made an impressive work along with the musicians. Recording is also very good. Although always pleasant sounding the music have some aggressive parts using distorted guitar lines and fiery solos. The music is well balanced and very smart indicating of some musical education. The fusing of all styles does not cause a total mess, everything is so accurate and well played. The songs are well writen but also improvised, holding a lot of surprises making the music diverse and interesting, which is a hard thing to accomplish.

This is one of those albums that should appeal to you right away and does not need spending so much time to get used to, although being a busy sounding music, you have to spend time to notice all of it. For this exceptional, mature, fun and high standard music i can only give 5 stars.

 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.28 | 425 ratings

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Anabelas
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars A fantastic album from this Argentine band, Anabelas is best placed in eclectic prog due to the incredible range of influences in evidence on the album. On my most recent listen I caught moments worthy of Van der Graaf Generator, Jimi Hendrix, Family and many more besides - but every time I give it a spin new vistas open up to me. But even better than this is the way Bubu weave all of these sounds into a cohesive whole which is uniquely and absolutely their own - whilst they pay tribute to a whole host of bands, they sound like nobody other than themselves.
 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.28 | 425 ratings

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Anabelas
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by OT Räihälä

4 stars 1978 was a good year for Argentinians. Who could forget Mario Kempes, Ubaldo Fillol, Leopoldo Luque or Daniel Passarella? Never mind that they needed the junta to buy the 6-0 victory against Peru to progress to the World Cup final in football, and to bribe the referee, Sergio Gonella to secure the win against Holland...

However, the greatest Argentinian achievement of 1978 was the release of Bubu's Anabelas. This "band" lasted only this album, which was composed by Daniel Andreoli, who didn't play in the band. He was a fan of Igor Stravinsky and King Crimson, and you can hear that quite easily.

Anabelas comprises three works, of which the first El cortejo de un día amarillo fills the first side of a vinyl. It is a marvelous symphonic piece with umpteen riffs, popping up one after another, and constantly progressing into new ones. There are a couple of style allusions: the first refers to God Save The Queen and the latter to the Rite of Spring, and more precisely to the Augurs of Spring / Dances of the Young Girls. The ability of the instrumental sextet is very good, and especially the violinist Sergio Polizzi works very well. Usually the violin is misused in rock music: it is recorded directly from the bridge with a contact microphone, which makes the sound plastic, dull and even ugly, but here the violin is given sonic space with a high quality recording.

The second side is somewhat less remarkable, but the first piece, El viaje de Anabelas is a fantastic work in two movements. The first opens with a somewhat feral choir, and evolves into another great set of riffs, until there's a short general pause, after which the music turns into wildly swinging rock, where the singer Petty Guelache comes to foreground. The concluding piece, Sueños de maniquí is perhaps the weakest in the album, but it is still a great nine+ minutes of prog with panache.

I recommend this album to anybody. The funny thing is, I find it hard to tell why I feel it only deserves four stars, but let that be four and half. (4.49)

 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.28 | 425 ratings

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Anabelas
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by progrules
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Ok, I will try not to ruin another high eclectic rating here but on the other hand I will have to be honest to everyone (including myself) so it's up to Bubu to prevent me from doing so. I have a feeling Anabelas will be allright in my hands because I actually hear real music in first minutes of the long epic. But alas, also here the eclectic band feels the need to fall into chaotic and distorted passages. What's with those eclectic bands ? Why do they prefer this ? Maybe I need a sort of brainwash to be able to appreciate this kind of music. Bubu at least alternate things with real musical (with melody that is) passages. The long epic is pretty complex with lots of shifts and moods. Some parts are truly mesmerizing and admirable (hence my remark that things will come out fine with this band and album). I feel the music prevails here so that's a big plus at least.

The B-side (Viaje de Anabelas + Sueños de Maniquí) returns more to the dissonant style initially followed by crazy sax and nice guitar. Notice the great bass ! Also here complex music but at least it's music for the greater part. The Viaje song features interesting violin by Sergio Polizzi accompanied by good vocals. Also here some weird passages but again the music comes out on top. Hey, I can live with this stuff, I told you Bubu would be allright in my hands. Challenging music this is and sometimes I even prefer this to real (mainstream melodic) music. And when I do, I will think of this unique output from 1978, this Argentine gem. Recommended for all proggers and ultimately I will be able to squeeze out a four star rating because it's prolific music and simply deserves the 4.

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