Header

BUBU

Eclectic Prog • Argentina


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Bubu picture
Bubu biography
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.

Bubu official website

BUBU MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

BUBU forum topics / tours, shows & news


BUBU forum topics Create a topic now
BUBU tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "bubu"
Post an entries now

BUBU Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to BUBU

Buy BUBU Music


AnabelasAnabelas
Import
EMI Argentina 2007
Audio CD$2.73
$5.98 (used)
Bubu / VelociraptorBubu / Velociraptor
Rave Art 2
Vinyl$8.34 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
BUBU ANABELAS 1978 SEALED CD NEW ARGENTINA PSYCH US $6.09 Buy It Now 16h 33m
BUBU - ANABELAS - NEW CD US $9.93 Buy It Now 1 day
JANKA NABAY/BUBU GANG**EN YAY SAH**VINYL US $23.71 Buy It Now 2 days
Io Monade Stanca The Impossible Story Of Bubu CD NEW (UK Import) US $13.90 Buy It Now 3 days
KALKBRENNER, Paul - Kleines Bubu - 12" US $18.42 Buy It Now 3 days
HARRY BELAFONTE MAMA LOOK AT BUBU/ DON'T EVER LOVE ME RCA 47-6830 45 RPM US $3.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Kalkbrenner,Paul - Kleines Bubu [Vinyl New] US $14.01 Buy It Now 4 days
1960's Harry Belafonte, Don't Ever Love Me/Mama Look At BuBu / 7" 45 w/Jacket US $11.99 Buy It Now 5 days
HARRY BELAFONTE Look At Bubu & Don't Ever Love Me 7" 45 US $7.95 Buy It Now 6 days
GABRIELLA FERRI ITALY RCA 1975 LP STEREO MAZZA BUBU VG+/VG++ US $8.99 Buy It Now 6 days
45 RPM HARRY BELAFONTE *MAMA LOOK AT BUBU* RCA 47-6830 US $17.99 Buy It Now 7 days
PAUL KALKBRENNER - KLEINES BUBU NEW VINYL US $18.68 Buy It Now 7 days
Nabay,Janka & The Bubu Gang - En Yay Sah [Vinyl New] US $22.98 Buy It Now 7 days
JANKA NABAY & BUBU GANG - EN YAY SAH NEW VINYL US $32.74 Buy It Now 8 days
Harry Belafonte 45 Mama Look At Bubu / Don't Ever Love Me US $2.00 Buy It Now 9 days
IO MONADE STANCA - THE IMPOSSIBLE STORY OF BUBU - AT005 US $20.27 Buy It Now 11 days
Janka & The Bubu Gang Nabay - En Yay Sah Vinyl Record LP US $26.85 Buy It Now 12 days
JANKA NABAY & BUBU GANG: En Yah Sah LP (w/ free digital download) African US $25.00 Buy It Now 13 days
HARRY BELAFONTE "MAMA LOOK AT BUBU" 45 PICTURE SLEEVE ONLY US $3.99 Buy It Now 13 days
GABRIELLA FERRI - MAZZA BUBU - RCA ITALIANA - ITALIAN LP - 1975 US $14.95 Buy It Now 14 days
JANKA NABAY/THE BUBU - EN YAY SAH [DIGIPAK] - NEW CD US $9.37 Buy It Now 14 days
Kleines Bubu - Kalkbrenner,Paul New & Sealed CD Free Shipping US $19.49 Buy It Now 15 days
Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang - En Yay Sah (CD 2012) NEW & SEALED US $20.35 Buy It Now 15 days
HARRY BELAFONTE 45 " Mama Look At Bubu / Don't Ever Love Me " RCA VICTOR 1957' US $9.95 Buy It Now 15 days
HARRY BELAFONTE "MAMA LOOK AT BUBU / DON'T EVER LOVE ME" 45w/PS US $4.00 Buy It Now 15 days
HARRY BELAFONTE Mama Look At Bubu Don't Ever Love Me 1957 RCA Victor 47-6830 US $4.25 Buy It Now 16 days
Le Petit Matin / Bubu JAPAN 7" CW-4017 kR4 US $9.99 Buy It Now 16 days
A Ricolta Bubu / BOB, FRANK EN ZUSSEN (CD, 1997, Pavane Belgium) US $10.99 Buy It Now 18 days
BUBU - ANABELAS 70s ARGENTINA DIVERSE INTRIGUING AVANT PROGRESSIVE ROCK CD US $19.95 Buy It Now 18 days
Anabelas by Bubu (CD, Aug-2007, EMI/Odeon) US $6.86 Buy It Now 20 days
HARRY BELFONTE: Mama Look At BuBu/ Don't Ever Love Me [45] - Ships WORLDWIDE! US $0.99 Buy It Now 21 days
Bubu - Velociraptor - Rave Art 2 - 2009 #297569 US $6.77 Buy It Now 22 days
En Yay Sah (Feat. The Bubu Gang) - Janka & the B. Nabay New & Sealed CD Free Shi US $20.89 Buy It Now 23 days
NABAY, Janka & THE BUBU GANG - An Letah - 12"+ free MP3 download code US $21.30 Buy It Now 24 days
Io Monade Stanca - The Impossible Story Of Bubu NEW CD US $17.13 Buy It Now 24 days
I Ribelli ?- Come Adriano / Enchinza - Bubu 7" Turkish Edt. 1966 (Free P+P) US $125.00 Buy It Now 24 days
Bubu - Anabellas [CD New] US $9.80 Buy It Now 24 days
Bubu - Anabellas CD US $12.94 Buy It Now 25 days
HARRY BELAFONTE RCA 45rpm DON'T EVER LOVE ME & MAMA LOOK AT BUBU 47-6830 US $2.99 Buy It Now 26 days
En Yay Sah - Nabay,Janka & The Bubu Gang New & Sealed CD Free Shipping US $28.72 Buy It Now 26 days
BUBU - ANABELLAS NEW CD US $14.45 Buy It Now 27 days
JANKA NABAY & BUBU GANG - EN YAY SAH (DIGIPAK) NEW CD US $20.63 Buy It Now 28 days
Nabay,Janka & The Bubu Gang - En Yay Sah [CD New] US $12.35 Buy It Now 28 days
Janka & The Bubu Gang Nabay - En Yay Sah CD US $16.14 Buy It Now 29 days
Anabellas - Bubu New & Sealed CD Free Shipping US $16.21 Buy It Now 29 days

More places to buy BUBU music online Buy BUBU & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for BUBU DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

BUBU shows & tickets


BUBU has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

BUBU discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

BUBU top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.25 | 330 ratings
Anabelas
1978

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

BUBU Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

BUBU Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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

BUBU Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.25 | 330 ratings

BUY
Anabelas
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy

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!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.25 | 330 ratings

BUY
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.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.25 | 330 ratings

BUY
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

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.25 | 330 ratings

BUY
Anabelas
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by Sagichim
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.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.25 | 330 ratings

BUY
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.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.25 | 330 ratings

BUY
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)

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.25 | 330 ratings

BUY
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.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.25 | 330 ratings

BUY
Anabelas
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by baz91
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Firstly, I'd like to say thank you ProgArchives for introducing me to this fantastic album! I found this album due to the 'PA Top Seller' banner advertising this album, sometimes found at the top of the webpage. At the time I was very surprised to hear of prog coming from such exotic countries as Argentina! Reading the reviews and listening to some on YouTube, I found the album on Amazon for under £5 and quickly snapped it up.

I have to say, I really wanted to like this album as much as the other fans who have already reviewed it, and I think repetitive listens have got me there. It's not a 'one listen and you're in love' deal at all. It would be rather difficult in any circumstance to immediately fall in love with a 20 minute mammoth of an instrumental with many intricate parts. The aforementioned track, El Cortejo de un Día Amarillo is absolutely wonderful. Writing twenty minutes of continuous instrumental music of such a high calibre must take a musical genius. It is Bubu's tour de force of prog music. Not once in the track is it dull, and more often than not you feel captivated by the music's power or beauty. One of the coolest things about this group is that their music uses a violin, a flute and a saxophone, on top of the standard bass, guitar and drums ensemble. These are probably the three most used 'extra' instruments in prog. About a third of the way in, the three members of the group playing these instruments take it in turn to give a high powered solo. In my mind, this track is flawless, leaving you wanting nothing more (perhaps the second side).

The second side presents us with just two tracks. Although these tracks are not instrumental, the ratio of instrumental to non-instrumental is very high. This is very good news for those who do not understand Spanish.

El Viaje de Anabelas (literally 'The Voyage of Anabelas') is definitely a voyage! This song takes you through so many progressive twists and turns and even through a very rock and roll verse. Much praise can be given to this song, but I must admit I prefer Sueños de Maniquí. Starting with a very dreamy section, this soon becomes an intense instrumental which will have you on the edge of your seat. This is brought swiftly to a halt by a moody sounding verse. While it is the instrumental of this track I particularly enjoy, I must say there is no falt anywhere on the rest of this track, or on this disc for a matter of fact.

The entire thing is packaged in a very proggy gatefold album sleeve, which has artwork worthy of Roger Dean. All in all, there is not a single bad thing I can say about this album. Even the fact that the lyrics are in Spanish is great, because if it were sung in English, you'd know the group were trying to cater to English speaking listeners, whereas prog shouldng be geared to cater to anyone except people who love it. The liner notes suggest that the composer of the music drew heavily from King Crimson, and I have to say that, while elements from '21st Century...' can be heard, the group sound totally original. In fact they sound original, whilst also sounding like everything you love about prog. A true South American gem!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.25 | 330 ratings

BUY
Anabelas
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by kamedin

4 stars It's pretty useless adding praises to an album that has received this amount of 5-star ratings, so I'll just observe some things.

1) As most people here knows, this music was written down before rehearsal, "the old way". So, if parts of this could be described as "ordered chaos", it would be in the sense appliable to any other complex written music, not in the usual jazz/rock sense which implies tight improvisation. In that sense, there's not chaos here. This isn't even half-controlled like, say, The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady. Everything was decided by someone on the tranquil whiteness of a piece of paper.

2) I think my mention of Mingus' work wasn't casual. This is one of those works sustained more by textural than melodic or harmonic development -that is, it builds on the result of interlocking, interdependent elements. There are (almost) no song lines in this kind of thing; when something like that appears, it changes the aspect of the whole. Now I know people who doesn't like The Black Saint because it's "unmelodic", which to a certain extent is true -but arguing around that is like asking why a transatlantic doesn't have the beautiful sails of a wooden brigantine. It just doesn't. At this point, that in itself doesn't seem likely to make anything strange even to the casual listener. This is, in any case, much less dissonant and aggresive than many well-known prog albums (Larks' Tongues In Aspic comes to my mind). If I had to find a "difficult" side, I would say: complex ideas are usually offered in a concise framework; this approach is complex and generous at the same time. But its behaviors and connections are clear, far from accidental or iconoclastic.

3) I see some people complaining about the lack of "South American elements". That brings me two questions: "Which elements are intrinsically SA and which ones are not?" (with its cousin "Are there any elements which could be called intrinsically SA at all?") and... "Why there should be?". Given the fact that jazz and rock music are an international paragraph of North American culture, I understand if NA readers expect any non-central approach to provide certain "stylistic contributions", certain... idiosyncrasy. Now that's a (valid) viewpoint from the narrative of NA history. The fact is: jazz and rock music have long ago greatly surpassed the margins of "an international paragraph of NA culture"; they are important elements of other cultures with their own histories and their own tensions. As much as the US are not cowboys and banjos -even if all that coalesces with other things in the imaginary on which art is fed-, Cairo isn't people wrapped in white cloaks, Buenos Aires certainly isn't thugs in black hats crying their love to absent ladies, and Northern Argentina can't be summarized in sikus, charangos and a colourful poncho. Everywhere, traditions have multiple values and a relation with power; invoking one's people traditions is not a warranty of freedom. I think that would be obvious for any NA thinking of their own culture (the stereotypical folk singer is a picture of conservadurism): any other case is not less complex and has a not less arguable pathway behind.

4) That said, I have to agree about this album not quite representing its context, that is, Argentine 70s prog rock. That's not a charge, of course. In any case, much of that context suffers from its own mediocrity -that way feeding the centralist assumption that they should provide "at least" something "special" to the scene. Invisible, Aquelarre, La Maquina De Hacer Pajaros worked on simpler, more referential (here I mean locally) yet very interesting and beautiful ideas; Arco Iris took an Americanist approach that wasn't, as well, that characteristic of Argentine rock at the time. This album appears then as an isolated effort -which is no surprise, given the way it was conceived.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Anabelas by BUBU album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.25 | 330 ratings

BUY
Anabelas
Bubu Eclectic Prog

Review by zravkapt
Special Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

5 stars I haven't yet discovered the South American prog scene. Besides this album from Argentina, the only other groups from that continent I know are Sepultura and Os Mutantes, both Brazilian. Anabelus was the only album from Bubu, recorded in 1978 but not released until the 1980s. Because of geographical, economic and political reasons, a lot of prog music from outside western Europe/North America never got to be heard by an international audience at the time of recording/release. This album is one of those lost prog gems that has been rediscovered.

It is hard to describe the music here or what to compare it to. Sometimes it can remind one of the Italian prog bands. Even though the lyrics are sung in Spanish, I assume some people could mistake them for Italian. There is no real Latin American influence in the music. Rather, it sounds very European instead. Like many great prog albums there is a nice balance between melody and dissonance, structure and improv here. The music can be both symphonic and jazzy, also rocking at times as well. There are both male and female vocals. There are no keyboards, instead different wind instruments and violin.

The music on the album was composed by Daniel Andreoli, who apparently does not appear here himself. Anabelus is divided up into a side-long epic and two other songs on the flip side. The epic is the best part but the other two tracks are great as well. "El Cortejo de un Dia Amarillo" has random sounds get faded in and then it gets all dissonant and noisy for a bit. Later goes into a nice rock groove with chorused guitar and shortly after violin and sax playing in unison. Tempo picks up and a guitar solo of sorts. Later changes to a part with some intense bass and guitar playing. Further on gets more melodic with some marching drums. Then all of a sudden changes to a section with skronking flute(!), followed by skronking sax.

Gets melodic again before the music gets freer and the instruments kind of wander all over the place. After awhile a steady drum roll with violin, guitar and flute playing repeated lines. Sax joins in playing a melody which the other instruments join. Then wordless harmony vocals. Later gets jazzy with some start/stop playing. Eventually more vocals and acoustic guitar. After awhile gets more rockin' with two overdubbed guitars soloing. Reprises the earlier intense section near the end. A great epic. It flows very well and I like the fact that the vocals don't have any lyrics to them.

"El Viaje de Anabelus" begins with harmonized wordless a capella vocals. Then some symphonic rock. Changes to a more jazzy section. Later some male vocals with great acoustic guitar playing. Then a slightly dissonant jazzy section that features some sax and violin soloing. The music stops and a different section comes in with wordless vocals before getting dissonant again. Afterwards a great part with marching drums as well as melodic violin and sax. Male vocals get responded to by female vocals, which are crazy and make me laugh. Later on some violin soloing with what sounds like volume pedal effects from guitar.. Afterwards some "lo-la" female vox, them a sinister symphonic rock ending.

"Suenos de Maniqui" you can listen to here on PA. I think this is the weakest of the three tracks, but this is still very good. It starts to pick up when the drums arrive. Some rockin' guitar in places. Almost gets punk sounding before getting more jazzy and symphonic. Goes back to the punky part and music gets more dissonant and atonal. In the middle the music stops all of a sudden, then a section with vocals. This part is generally symphonic. Gets jazzier with some start/stop playing. Goes back to the symphonic vocal section. Near the end switches to a repetative section with wordless female vocals. Ends jazzy and dissonant.

Possibly the best prog album recorded in 1978, and definately one of the better prog albums from the late 1970s. Prog never really died it just went underground, back to where it came from. Albums like Anabelus are evidence that prog was still alive when most considered it dead. Fans of RPI and the jazzier albums listed under 'Eclectic Prog' will most likely enjoy this. One of a kind album. 5 stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to easy livin for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.69 seconds