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Eclectic Prog • Argentina


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Formed in 1975 in Buenos Aires, Argentina - Disbanded in 1979 - Refounded in 2016 (new line-up)

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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4.26 | 536 ratings
Anabelas
1978
4.00 | 109 ratings
El Eco Del Sol
2018

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3.97 | 37 ratings
Resplandor
2016

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 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.26 | 536 ratings

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Anabelas
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by patrickq

4 stars Anabelas opens with the nineteen-minute "El Cortejo de un Día Amarillo," comprised of two subtitles: "Danza De Las Atlántides" and "Locomotora Blues." According to Google, this means "The Courtship of a Yellow Day (Dance of the Atlantis / Blues Locomotive)" "El Cortejo" can also refer to an entourage or a procession; indeed, at 8:15 the group plays "Pomp and Circumstance," the beautiful melody played as a processional at graduation ceremonies, at least in the US. I wonder, though, if the title is a play on "The Court of the Crimson King;" indeed, as has been repeated many times, there is a definite King Crimson influence here, especially on this first song. But I'd not go so far as to characterize this as a Crimson tribute. There are also hard-rock/fusion elements, and at least one section I'd refer to as either avant-garde or experimental. "El Cortejo" is largely instrumental.

The second song is the eleven-minute "El Viaje de Anabelas, which Google translates as "The Journey of Anabelas." I've been skeptical that "eclectic" is really a subgenre of any type of music - - it's just a description in my book - - but this song is eclectic per se, sounding a bit like Van Der Graaf Generator one moment before moving into a more avant garde section, then back to a more conventional motif. I'm pretty familiar with traditional Irish music, and "El Viaje" even has some parts that sound Irish to me. In the middle of the song is a theme that sounds like it was written for a marching band, and later they break into what could be the theme to a Spaghetti Western. "El Viaje," whose title comes from the same word as the French "voyage," begins with a relatively slow intro played on acoustic guitar and violin, with saxophones moving from the back to the forefront as a drumbeat becomes increasingly insistent. There is then a vocal part before the eclecticism takes over. Around nine minutes in, there is a break, and a plaintive solo violin enters, followed by some soft guitar accompaniment. A choir appears about a minute later, signaling the return of the winds, reeds, and percussion for a brief coda resolving on (what sounds like) a major chord.

The last song is "Sueños de Maniquí" ("Dreams of a Mannequin" or maybe "Dreams of the Mannequin"), which is a little like a rock interpretation of "El Viaje." The vocal section comes in the second half of the song, which devolves in its last minute into a freakout finish. One aspect of "Sueños" that distinguishes it from the other songs is the use of studio effects and what sounds like a bit of synthesizer (I didn't see any indication of this in the credits, although both the guitarist and bassist are credited with "effects" as well as playing their instruments). In a few places on "Sueños," as well as on "El Viaje," it almost seemed as if vocalist Petty Guelache was interspersing some English words here and there among the Spanish lyrics - - somewhat like Falco, the German new- wave singer, used to.

The sound quality of Anabelas is fair: nothing special, and somewhat limited compared to much of the progressive rock I'm used to hearing - - i.e., either remastered editions of older records or recordings of a much more recent vintage. The performances on Anabelas are good, though not outside of the normal range for this type of music. Meanwhile, the quality of the compositions is above average. This is especially true in the segues that tie together some rather disparate musical passages. I can't comment on the lyrics.

I had a little trouble in settling on a rating for this album. Ultimately, I decided that Anabelas is better than a three-star album. Despite the exaggerated claims of undue King Crimson influences, this is an original, adventurous album.

 El Eco Del Sol by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.00 | 109 ratings

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El Eco Del Sol
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars Where have these guys been for 40 years and why now?! This is an amazingly mature, diverse, and creatively fresh album of progressive rock songs in the very best sense of progressive rock. The integral use of full vocal choir on three of the songs is especially enjoyable.

1. "Resplandor" (3:49) choral voices singing over some very intricate and tightly performed symphonic prog music. The song has two significant parts to it, two different paces and dynamics, both very different. I think I like the first half best despite the somewhat discordant conflict between the choir and the rock music. (9/10)

2. "El Eco Del Sol" (9:05) jazzy, chameleonic Neo-Prog quite like Italy's LA COSCIENZA DI ZENO. After the intro period, the breakneck speed is quite impressive for the band's overall unity. It is, in fact, the more slowly drawn out vocal track that distracts and disturbs the latter, though, fortunately, the vocals are quite sparsely used throughout. Nice use of woodwinds and strings within, in front of, and outside of the overall weave. Quite a cinematic song with some very Bond-like "action" sections. The more Latin-flavored section that begins at the eight minute mark is unexpected but then smoothed over by the vocals that are consistent with earlier appearances. (18/20)

3. "Ariel" (3:45) a smooth and gentle instrumental with full band participation in the interlude-like weave--until, that is, the 1:45 mark when a heavier intensity is brought in with double-timed guitars and rhythm instruments. This "chorus" is, however, fairly short-lived as we are soon returned to the opening theme for the second verse--which plays out until the end. (9/10)

4. "Omer" (6:49) opens with a very gentle, spacious soundscape--full band all contributing to the subtly constructed tapestry. At 0:50 the music shifts into a second gear--a structure to support the entrance of the vocalist--but then it ramps up into third gear with some very busy bass work while the many layers provided by each of the band members steps in line to support the alternation of horns and vocals. Things begin to reverse their pace and complexity in the fourth minute, breaking down to pretty but much simpler tapestry in the fifth. The guitar solo and accompanying music in the sixth minute sounds like it's straight out of LYNYRD SKYNYRD's "Free Bird." This plays out till the end with some vocal support at the very end. (8.5/10)

5. "Cielo Negro" (5:41) opens like a theme to an old suspense/spy film's chase scene. Everybody is participating on this one (save the chorus). The structure and melodies feel very 1960s while the horns, electric guitar sound and stylings as well as the organ solo sound very early 1970s. The slowed down interlude in the third and fourth minutes are interesting--especially for their classical feel--reminding me of 1970s Québeçois band CONVENTUUM. Things ramp back up for the final two minutes as organ, sax, flute, and lead guitar take turns with their leads while noodling along in support throughout. Interesting song. (8.5/10)

6. "Penas" (7:25) notes the return of the chorus as well as the flute and saxes in lead roles--this time with the chorus's inputs being much more intricately orchestrated and dispersed. The complexity and slow development over the first three minutes combined with the seamless transition into the full-fledged song thereafter leads me to call this my third favorite song on the album. Great melodies, too! I especially enjoy the subdued yet real duet/duel between the lead guitar and violin in the sixth minute, which is then seemlessly handed off to sax and flute. Bass- filled stop-gap at the six minute mark is rather unexpected and interesting--especially as it ends up playing out (decaying) to the song's finish! (9.5/10)

7. "Por La Mañana" (3:52) opens up like a sad ballad for its first 30 seconds before bass and drums effortlessly elevate the song into a very comfortable grooving drive. Before the first minute has even passed a multiple guitar riff adds another layer of high tension and congestion before disappearing to allow the re-establishment of the cool groove. Then at 1:46 an orchestra-like slow down opens up the song to a lone solo guitar playing its arpeggi. This is very soon joined by orchestrated support to play out till the end. Wow! What a song construct! My second favorite on the album. (9.75/10)

8. "La Vaca Roja" (7:39) another song that begins with a soft, soulful, full band "orchestral" fusion before shifting into second and, later, more angular, Crimsonian third gear--all within the first three minutes--before cycling back to the heart-strings-pulling beauty of the pastoral opening. Just as one is getting used to the peaceful reverie of floating on a country river things begin to thicken and ramp up, and then, just before the beginning of the fifth minute, everything just disappears leaving "far away"-sounding cymbals, congas, and, soon, violin to paint a picture of late night streets. Then the equally distant activities of chorus and other independent and seemingly disconnected instruments appear and meld into a kind of neighborhood polyphony--to end! Very unusual and creative. I love it! My favorite song on this surprising album. (15/15)

Five stars; a masterpiece of progressive rock music. Excellent sound engineering with very mature songwriting (though sometimes showing a style that feels dated), there is very little "fat" or "slough"--as well as many surprising twists and turns--in any part of any of these songs.

 El Eco Del Sol by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.00 | 109 ratings

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El Eco Del Sol
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars As the 21st century churns on it's amazing how popular classic progressive rock has made somewhat of a renaissance with some bands like Gentle Giant finding surging sales of their ambitious musical gems that have been surpassing the sales of the initial releases of the 1970s. As the public tires of simple and uninspiring musical mediocrity and turns to the more complex constructs to get their fix, they will ultimately find themselves scouring the classic years to see what they've missed out on. While many a band struggled to stay true to their musical vision, most folded under the financial pressure and zero record company backing. However despite the hardship they endured, many managed to release some of the absolute best music ever laid down to any musical format.

While one can point to England, France and Germany as having the lion's share of classic prog, they were hardly the only game in town. While lesser known Argentinean prog may not have been as popular in terms of world interest, this South American country which is more famous for the tango than prog has indeed generated some top notch progressive rock with the Buenos Aires based BUBU possibly ranking as the best the country after having dished out their classic 70s prog in the form of their masterpiece "Anabelas." While the band was active from 1975-79, they only managed to crank out the one album and then disappeared into the ethers never to be heard from again. Well?.

?.until the year 2016 when founder, composer, bassist and band leader Daniel Andreoli decided he should jump on the bandwagon of prog rock's upsurge in world popularity and resurrected his classic band to catch the new prog wave hitting every corner of the globe. So resurrect it he did, however this is not a typical reunion of past members but rather Andreoli rounding up the talents of a whole new younger generation, whipping them into shape and showing them how prog was done in the good old days. While this may sound tantamount to herding cats in a tuna cannery, somehow his efforts on the 2016 comeback "Resplandor" were quite satisfying.

"Resplandor" was quite the teaser. Seemingly emerging from nowhere with no prior warnings, BUBU was back which offered the prog world an initial gasp of excitement only to be quashed by the fact that this was just a three track EP that hit the fifteen and half minute mark. While no guarantees were given that this was a teaser prognosticating a bona fide comeback album, it was a satisfying return to form for this Argentinean outfit so beloved by many a proghead around the globe. Well, lo and behold, it was an omen indeed that the great BUBU was back for a second run and finally in 2018 we see the release of the long awaited second album EL ECO DEL SOL (The Echo Of The Sun) a full 40 years after "Anabelas."

Yeah, many a classic prog band that released a single album has made a comeback in years past only to disappoint beyond belief including the greats like Maxophone, Gnidrolog and Cherry Five just to name a very, very few. What sounds like a great idea to latch onto the current trend of retro prog doesn't always pan out as many bands seem to lose the mojo that made their music great in the first place, however BUBU thankfully still got it! Yep, Andreoli has lost none of his prog chops in the least bit and even though he's working with an entirely new generation of musicians, he successfully ekes out all the required ebbs and flows that made "Anabelas" so utterly brilliant.

If you were expecting something radically new from the BUBU of 2018 then you shouldn't bother. EL ECO DEL SOL faithfully picks up exactly where "Anabelas" left off and i would imagine that Andreoli has been working on some of these tracks for the past 40 years and perfecting them until they shimmer in the sun like a diamond. BUBU retains its core essence in every aspect. Eclectic as ever, the new rendition of the band returns with all those beautiful progified riffs and rhythms laid out symphonically and augmented with flutes, saxes and violins. Once again the choirs are back in full effect and Andreoli has lost none of his magic regarding the dynamic and mood shifts that made "Anabelas" a classic of the ages. One little disappointment of EL ECO DEL SOL is that it contains two tracks from the "Resplandor" EP, namely the title track and "Omer" but since they are such great track i guess i can't complain.

Unlike "Anabelas" which contained two sprawling tracks and a third shorty at a near 8 minute running mark, EL ECO DEL SOL exhibits eight shorter tracks but they all run together quite remarkably giving the album an overall unified feel. There is nothing on EL ECO DEL SOL that sounds out of place or derails the beautiful feeling that only BUBU can provide. Once again, BUBU dish out all the expected influences ranging from King Crimson, Genesis, ELP, Focus and their classical hero Tchaikovsky. The music runs on symphonic prog mode but adds touches of jazz, classical and occasional bursts of rock energy. The album is noticeably less aggressive and bombastic than "Anabelas" and drifts in a more ethereal mode yet retains a heavy presence of rock instrumentation. While Argentinean, BUBU's closest musical lineage sounds like they would easily fit into the Rock Progressive Italiano scene of the 70s as there are no tango tributes or anything tying the band to their geographical homestead.

As far as prog comebacks go, EL ECO DEL SOL is a smashing success and delivers everything i could want from a classic 70s prog band. While it does not outdo it's classic predecessor in intensity and compositional prowess, it does nevertheless deliver the goods as a brilliant sophomore album that in all honesty sounds like it truly could have come out two years after the debut "Anabelas." This album easily captures the zeitgeist of the original timeline of BUBU's first rendition and although some could deem that too safe for its own good, i would argue that i'd rather hear an anachronistic album that is done brilliantly than something half-baked that the band was trying to capture and had no realistic ability to pull it off. Andreoli knows his strengths and on EL ECO DEL SOL he nurtures them well making BUBU's long awaited comeback an effort well worth waiting for. Do expect a mellower album than "Anabelas" in the overall scheme but the compositional constructs exude the classic vibe that made that album so great.

 El Eco Del Sol by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.00 | 109 ratings

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El Eco Del Sol
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by SteveConrad

4 stars RADIANCE and TRANSCENDENCE

Una luz detrás de las puertas del Sol y detrás de esa luz la canción que vendrá por vos.

Mundos de gris a la luz de otro sol su color cambian.

Lo que alumbres será lo que verás y brillará más.

Algo viene del cielo Algo va

Las miradas Lo crearán Lo completarán

Al cruzar el eco del sol esplenderá de verdad tu verdad.

En tus pasos otra canción encontrará su lugar, tu lugar.

(A light behind the doors of the Sun and behind that light the song that will come for you/ Worlds of gray in the light of another sun its color changes/ What you illuminate will be what you will see and will shine more/ Something comes from the sky/ Something goes/ The visions/ They will create It/ They will complete it/ By crossing the echo of the sun, your truth will truly shine/ In your steps another song will find its place, your place.)

A HYMN of SPIRITUAL LONGING

Here is the return of BUBU, Argentinian eclectic progressive rock outfit, about 1 1/2 years after the comeback release of "Resplandor" in 2016.

As you can see from the lyrics above, of the second and title track, the theme of this album is wide and searching. I consider it in toto as a hymn, in the sense of "song of praise" to the infinite.

The longing is conveyed in the masterful use of mood, atmosphere, musicianship, diversity, and lyrics which suggest that there are radiances, universes- indeed, multiverses- losses, hopes, and ultimately faith in something beyond the mortal experience.

This is confirmed and elaborated in the lyrics to track 4, "Omer"- (And in the light of another sun we will be born in an endless infinite/ And the shadow will finally shine/ In the azure birds are weaving their flight/ They paint the salt with a color brought from a dream/ Small diamond of solitude in your voice is the song of the sea/ Small diamond drawing the sea.)

TITLES

The sense of spiritual longing and praise is also confirmed by the titles to these tracks, original Spanish title followed by rough translations into English.

1. Resplandor "Radiance" 2. El eco del sol "Echo (or emanation) of the sun 3. Ariel "gazelle, lioness of the divine, spirit of the air" 4. Omer "eloquent, long-lived" 5. Cielo Negro "Black Sky" 6. Penas "Pity/Shame" 7. Por la mañana "In the morning" 8. La vaca roja "The red cow" (symbol of purification, coming of messianic age)

MUSIC

This is eclectic progressive rock music, par excellence. There are liberal uses of choral passages, keyboards, a fine rhythm section, saxophone, flute, and violin, along with acoustic and electric guitars.

Music shifts and flows between classical, jazz, and progressive rock, and a highlight for me is the clean, crisp punchy bass guitar.

Sometimes there is stunning interplay as guitar, keyboards, and violin or sax or flute take charge. Instrumental sections are exceptional.

VOCALS

To my ears, the choral sections were lovely; the two tracks that have lyrics and vocal solos are weaker.

IN SUM

An excellent addition to any progressive rock collection, a soaring, lovely journey into the infinite.

MY RATING

4.5 out of 5 Emanations of the Sun

 Resplandor by BUBU album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
3.97 | 37 ratings

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Resplandor
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars As the 21st century elapses ever closer to its third decade and grows further away from the 70s when the progressive rock world was at its golden age, it has seen many of the older bands trying to make a comeback. While certain bands managed to survive the initial demise in popularity, certain bands like Argentina's BUBU released their sole album "Anabelas" as late as 1978 and although had little impact on the world at the time has become revered as one of the great classics of the Americas. While the trend of past masters picking it up where they left off decades later to revive these long forgotten projects has been more en vogue as of late, it's always a complete surprise when a band that dropped one musical bomb upon the world and has been attracting listeners to ride in its wake ever since suddenly emerges from the musical abyss and releases new material after so very, very long. More often than not such antics only remind you of why the golden era of prog was so wonderful and that the bands trying to relive those glory days should in fact have checked into a nursing home since all creative mojo had shriveled up like sagging granny boobs.

BUBU on the other hand have never been the "typical" prototype of a progressive rock band. The band was in fact created by someone who didn't even play in it. Daniel Andreoli began the band as a project in 1975 and acted solely as the composer as he rounded up talent to fulfill his eclectic mix of symphonic classical music mixed with progressive rock and kept BUBU active for only four years having disbanded in 1979 after the release of "Anabelas" the prior year. Fast forward 38 years into the future and Andreoli decides to dust off the BUBU moniker and give it another go with RESPLANDOR which emerges as a strictly digital EP that clocks in at a mere 15 and a half minutes, roughly a third the length of the 1978 classic. Andreoli is in fact the only connection between the two renditions of the band since the modern day version of BUBU doesn't have a single member of the past reprising their performances. Andreoli on the other hand DOES play on RESPLANDOR where he serves as the band's sole bassist.

While the differences between "Anabelas" and RESPLANDOR are great. For example the 70s classic had a huge lineup of eight official band members with an extra six vocalists and an extra pianist, RESPLANDOR is more of a stripped down affair with only five official musicians and two guests. However, what's more striking is how much RESPLANDOR sounds like it has traveled through time from that very era only to land in the years 2016. My hunch is that this was indeed leftover material from that era as everything about RESPLANDOR could easily have existed as a followup to the 1978 full length album. Once again the music is an eclectic mix of Western classical music that nurses a Tchaikovsky type of bombast and complexity interlaced with the guitar workouts of King Crimson, the pastoral drifting passages of early Genesis and the plethora of Italian prog bands from the 70s as well as some extra touches that were heard from bands such as Nektor, Focus (especially in the flute department) and others only with a unique flair that sounds like classic BUBU. Also included are some stellar jazz-fusion stellar sax workouts by newbie Juan Ignacio Varela.

I'm quite taken back by how great this short but sweet little EP is and i'm hoping that it is only a teaser that was designed to feel out the marketplace to see if there is any demand for a new BUBU release. Personally i find this little slice of heaven that only feels like it's getting started before it fizzles out leaving me wanting more to be one of the best comebacks of modern prog history. Andreoli has lost none of his magnificent musical mojo over the ensuing decades and effortlessly conducts a new cast of characters to fulfill the continuation of one of Argentina's greatest musical exports. If you have listened to many older prog bands release modern day albums and have been nothing but disappointed, i'm happy to say that this is one that should be very high on your list to check out if you were a fan of the 1978 album because this one, while not quite as dramatic and demanding still retains the spirit of that era with some excellent prog performances.

 Resplandor by BUBU album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
3.97 | 37 ratings

BUY
Resplandor
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I was shocked like every one else I'm sure when it was announced that BUBU had released some new material in 2016. The last we heard from them was with their 1978 masterpiece called "Anabelas" which is a top ten album for me for that year. Now this is just a 15 1/2 minute EP but I'm hoping it's just a teaser for a new full length album. The crazy thing is that there's not one member playing on this new EP called "Resplandor" that was on "Anabelas". The connection though is one Daniel Andreoli who composed and arranged all the music on "Anabelas" he just didn't play on it. Here he again is the composer but he also plays bass and he's gathered some young musicians from Argentina of course to play his music. We get two guests adding keyboards and flute while the main band features violin and sax along with the usual instruments.

"Resplandor" is my favourite track even though it's the shortest. I was a little excited the first time I heard the start of this song with the energy and the flute over top. So good! A calm follows with solo slicing violin just before a minute then the sax joins in. Another calm follows with flute, sax and a beat. Love the laid back guitar 1 1/2 minutes in then they hit us hard again at 2 minutes. Another calm with violin then it kicks in again before solo slicing violin returns late. Great track.

"Omer" is relaxed with laid back guitar to start. It does start to build a minute in including some fine bass then the violin comes in over top before 2 minutes. Sax and flute then comes to the fore then the guitar starts to solo over top. It's laid back 4 minutes in with violin and it stays mellow as the sax replaces the violin then both play over top. "(Se Ponga El) Cielo Negro" has this cool sounding intro with some excellent bass lines and flute along with a determined rhythm section. Some aggressive guitar before 1 1/2 minutes and check out the organ before 2 minutes. A calm with violin follows then a minute later it turns darker with flute, so good. A driving rhythm section takes over 4 minutes in with flute, then sax takes over quickly. It ends with angular guitar, flute and that darker sound.

That adventerous spirit is certainly still here and while this doesn't compare to "Anabelas" for a number of reasons, it still makes a great companion to that album and it will sit next to it on my shelf. Check out this band!

 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.26 | 536 ratings

BUY
Anabelas
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by Kingsnake

4 stars Thanks to this website, and it's users I came across this album. Sad to say I had to listen to it thorugh YouTube (kind of illegal and not respectful to the artists, but soit). I don't own a recordplayer of cdplayer since a long time. All the music I listen to is streamed. I know I'm missing out on a lot of music, but I don't intend to do it otherwise. I used to have 1000+ records and cd's. I'm happy they all left my house.

The jazzrock/fusion with Canterbury-stylistics that Bubu plays is right up my creek. I can here all the things I like. And because of the different styles of music in the music, it's not a surprise that's in the Eclectic genre. Because eclectic it is.

Jazzrock, fusion, rock, worldmusic, symphonic rock, avantgarde even psychrock. I'm glad that this album was tipped to me. I cannot, however, give it 5 stars. I really don't like the rockish parts with vocals. It takes away the splendour and beauty of the songs. Especially the chanting, the violin, piano and the flute add some wonderful colurs to the music.

 Resplandor by BUBU album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
3.97 | 37 ratings

BUY
Resplandor
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Special 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
4.26 | 536 ratings

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Anabelas
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Special 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
4.26 | 536 ratings

BUY
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.
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