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LA MAQUINA DE HACER PAJAROS was the band created by Charly García after dissolution of SUI GENERIS. It was a project which leave the folk genre of SUI GENERIS to achieve the symphonic rock. In the short life of this band, two LP's were recorded: "La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros" (1976) and "Películas" (1977).

«In this band I did what I liked», remembers Charly. Inspired on the "elaborated" rock of STEELY DAN and the GENESIS "symphonism", Charly García formed the best of the Argentine bands in the progressive genre. «We are the YES of Third World», synthesizes García. But for that time, none of the LP's was sucessful, being recognized after. LA MAQUINA was the most deep and complex intent of the symphonic rock in Argentina, and García introduced in it the new of two simultaneous keyboardists (himself and Cutaia). Maybe this new style were the most significant barrier between the band and the people, habitued to most simple SUI GENERIS.

LA MAQUINA DE HACER PAJAROS dissolved by internal trouble, nearest 1977. Charly remember: «I leave LA MAQUINA after a show. The show ended and I came to a hotel, in which were Zoca- his wife- and we make plans to go to Brasil. I heared Milton Mascimento, and his music shake my head» (Chirom, pág 30).

El Festival del Amor was the last show of LA MAQUINA, at a full Luna Park, in november 11, 1977, where they played together with Nito Mestre, León Gieco, Raúl Porchetto, Gustavo Santaolalla, Markoff brothers, and other. Between the musicians that formed part of the band in the show were David Lebón, the SUI GENERIS acoustic basement (Rinaldo Rafanelli - Juan Rodríguez), and the CRUCIS musicians Aníbal Kerpel and Pino Marrone. The highlight of the show was the beautiful version of Violeta Parra's "Volver a los diecisiete", which wasn't succesful between the audience, not habitued to South American folk music.

Charly García, after failed attempts to create la BANDA DEL AMOR (with David Lebón and other musicians), convinces David Lebón to go to Brasil and create the project of his new band, SERÚ GIRÁN.

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Band formed in 1975 by Charly Garcia - leader, keyboards and voice - (ex SUI GENERIS) who joined a group of premium musicians as Oscar Moro (ex COLOR HUMANO) in drums, Gustavo Bazterrica in guitar, Carlos Cutaia in keyboards (ex PESCADO RABIOSO) and Juan Fernandez in bass guitar.
In this stage of his career, Charly Garcia continued experimenting a Symphonic rock vei...
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La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros
1976
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1977

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 Peliculas by MÁQUINA DE HACER PÁJAROS, LA album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.89 | 65 ratings

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Peliculas
La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros Symphonic Prog

Review by crimson87
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4 stars La Maquina de hacer Pajaros. This record is more eclectic and ambitious than it's predecesor but , in my opinion , it does not have a standout tune like Ah te vi entre las luces. However it's a really enjoyable release.

When comparing it to the first record one first realizes that Peliculas is much calmer and jazzier. The first track is an instrumental called Obertura 777. It satrts with an acoustic intro and then has a subtle funky beat , it sounds like smooth jazz sometimes. The second track Marilyn , la Cenicienta y las Mujeres reminds me of Garcia's following band Serú Girán. It's a sophisticated rock song including synthetizers and a little chorus. No te dejes desanimar is one of the highlight's here: A majestic ballad with very interesting vocal harmonies , delicate piano playing and some violin that reminds me of Gentle Giant like another reviewer stated. Que se puede hacer... starts like a Santana song , and you can tell Charly's growing appreciation in this song and the following Hipercandombe. "El vendedor de las muñecas de plastico" sounds like a progressive tv advertisement. It's hilarious!! Ruta perdedora is another highlight here , it has emotional lyrics and impressive synthetizer sounds. The record finishes with the jazz -fusion like instrumental "En las calles de Costa Rica"

This record shows us the transition between La Maquina de Hacer Pajaros and Seru Giran , and in spite of not having epic-size tracks it's a very well composed album full of interesting ideas.

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La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros Symphonic Prog

Review by crimson87
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4 stars La Maquina de Hacer Pajaros was a symphonic rock group formed by former Sui Generis singer Charly Garcia.The myth says this was the most expensive album to come from Argentina. This album features a Moog synthetizer for the first time ever in any group from my country. It's funny because Garcia called the group as: Yes from the Third World. However , I have to do two comments here. First of all their music , while clearly symphonic prog , has nothing to do with Yes (the bass playing is an exception to the rule). I would describe it as a mixture between RPI and jazz rock. And in second place , those musicians weren't undeveloped at all.

The opener Bubulina was already presented to the public in the Adios Sui Generis concert but this time featuring symphonic arrangements. The song is really calm and reminds me of some RPI bands like Celeste or PFM , the vocal harmonies are really good. At 3:37 there it is , the Moog for the first time in a local record! The second song Como mata el viento norte is a folkish ballad drenched with Moog synthetizers , although is a really short tune it's one of my favourites from La Maquina. Boletos pases y abonos starts really funky ( Garcia was a Steely Dan fan) but then turns into a powerful number. I specially like the interplay between both keyboardists and drummer Oscar Moro , this guy was one of the best drummers to come from my country.

No puedo verte mas , follows the same line of the previous tune. However , Garcia's vocals are somewhat exagerated and don't do justice to this song. It's a pity since there are great basslines all over and a really tasteful jazzy section remindng me of Brand X. Rock and roll is not a Led Zeppelin cover. It features a majestic symphonic like beggining and then turns into a powerful rocker , too much in the vein of Seru Giran for my tastes. Por probar el vino y el agua salada is a folkish tune in which the synthetizers resemble some violins , in my opinion is the worst song of the record. I find it to be really cheesy. Luckily for me , after this letdown comes the best song of the album: Ah te vi entre las luces , this is an epic that can do well against the best of the genre. The band really shows it's symphonic side here , the athmosphere is really calm with Charly's subltle synths and vocals being the principal feature here. It reminds me of Canto nomada per un priggionero politico by Banco.

Overall , La Maquina's debut is a landmark in argentinian and south american progressive music. Moreover , the musicians involved were among the best of it's generation. This two facts make this album a really good addition to any collection.

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La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars 3.5 stars...

LA MAQUINA DE HACER PAJAROS were found in mid-70's by ex-Sui Generis vocalist/keyboardist Charly Garcia after the disbanding of the later.Except Garcia,fellow Carlos Cutaia plays also a number of keyboards (moog synthesizer,piano,mellotron) to lead to the band's very rich sound,filled with different colours and moods.Their first LP was eponymous and released back in 1976,at a time when symphonic rock and jazz rock were at its pick in Argentina,with bands like CRUCIS,ARCO IRIS and M.I.A. leading the way.

''La Maquina de Hacer Pajaros'' contains it all and will leave every progressive rock fan pleased.Abandoning the folk side of Sui Generis,Garcia turned to the more complicated yet symphonic of progressive rock,mixed with pop,hard rock and South-American elements.There are definite influences by GENESIS (smooth acoustic guitars) and most obviously YES (keyboards acrobatics,sudden breaks and changing rhythms),but there is also some sort of Italian prog flavor in the multi-vocal poppish parts blended with acoustic guitars.At times guitarist Gustavo Bazterrica will rock you to the bone with hard rocking riffs,while a few nice instrumental parts are closer to funk and fusion music in the vein of WEATHER REPORT or RETURN TO FOREVER,led by Gracia's Fender Piano.Despite their short presence withinh the progressive rock circles,LA MAQUINA DE HACER PAJAROS left us some great music to remember and their debut should be another South-American great entry,if added in your collection.

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Peliculas
La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros Symphonic Prog

Review by kenethlevine
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3 stars A cross between the flamenco tinged symphonic prog of mid 70s Spain and a certain Latin American jazz sensibility, La Maquina were 6 skilled musicians that produced this eclectic album. From the appealing opening instrumental "Obertura 777" to the overtly romantic and Italian sounding "No Te Dejes Desanimar" to the soft jazzy ballad "Que Se Puede Hacer Salvo Ver Peliculas" to the very bass dominated "En Las Calles De Costa Rica", the album has wide cross over appeal. The mix of keyboards and guitars is well balanced, as are the variations in tempo. What it lacks is a piece that really grabs me and gets me to return back regularly for a visit. Nonetheless, many fans here would enjoy this, hence the good rating and special recommendation for fans of the various sub- genres upon which La Maquina touches.

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La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros Symphonic Prog

Review by Casse

4 stars So, you thought only in Europe and in the States are good prog musicians? you're wrong, here in south America there are good progressive bands too, and one of them is La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros. Charly Garcia, member of the folk-rock band Sui Generis, decided to create this band to explore new frontiers in the musical spectrum. And he did it very well, with two fantastic albums, LMDHP and Películas, both with an extraordonary amount of good ideas, followed by beautiful lyrics.

Now, talking about this album, I specially liked Obertura 777, with an spectacular opening with the acoustic guitar and a piano creating a very nice ambient that breaks with the entrance of the drumm played by Oscar Moro. After that, it begins a pretty riff with the sinthezier accompained by some funky chords, good stuff.

Marilyn, La Cencineta y las Mujeres, the tipical rock ballad with good guitar riffs and a good message in the lyrics. No te dejes desanimar, the perfect mix between the tenderness of the verse riff in 7/4 and the progressive passage of the instrumental section.

Que se puede hacer salvo ver Películas, ingenious lyrics accompained by a latin base with the bass and guitar in the beginning...Then we find again another instrumental part.

Hipercandombe is the other one that I most like in this album. Fast and heavy riffs makes this song a permanent running, with excellent guitar riffs, followed by the synth.

El vendedor de las chicas de plástico. Nice lyrics with a relaxed ambient, with some good stuff at the instrumental part were the guitar solo takes place.

Ruta Perdedora, this one reminds me the old Sui Generis songs with good voices work. The instrumental part its just awesome, really good stuff!

En las calles de Costa Rica, instrumental song to close the album, every instrument perfectly engaged to create a versatile composition with a very good work at the bass by Jose Luis Fernandez

For me, Peliculas is an excellent addition to any prog music collection: A very complete album, good voices work and creative instrumentalization. 4 stars

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La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros Symphonic Prog

Review by aprusso

5 stars This must be one of the very few reviews I post here, in spite of my frequent visits. It is just due to lack of time, sorry brothers.... so today for a change (after a full three weeks immersion) I award this time to greet of the greatest bands among those that I have recently discovered thanks to PA, and I don't say this very often... La Maquina de Hacer Pajaros, after a few listens, is in my own private olympos of perfect-though-not-the-ones- everybody-knows-about prog bands, together with Banco, Osanna, Ange, Fruupp, Fusioon, and few others.... headed by the charismatic singer and keyboard-wizard Charly Garcia (strange fellow...) who is to become later one of the best known Argentinian popstars, LMDHP delevered in 76-77 two masterpieces, in balance between accessibility and extremes sophistication, great sense of melody and unusual harmonic solutions. The second LP "Peliculas" is maybe slightly minor though still a very solid and complex album, obviously times were changing fast also in Argentina, but the first record is just a gem, starting with Bubulina (check it played live in Youtobe with Charly's earlier band Sui Generis in a slightly different format) one of the best record openers I have listened to in years, stands right up there with PFM's "River of life" (also structured in a similar way), and the rest follows, a "third-world Yes album" as garcia once defined his old band, but rather close to PFM "Isola di niente"-period, and other latinamerican giants like Crucis, MIA, or Bacamarte, with two keyboards and a solid Squiresque Rickenbacker bass by mr Jose Luis Fernandez. The last piece of the album "Ah, ti vi entre las luces" is pure prog bliss, between tango and Pink Floyd.... Too bad that Charly did not continue to do great prog albums but still his work, which I still don't know very well, has been remarkable, having been at the centre of the Argentinian rock and pop scene for decades in many very well- known bands. A 4,7 stars album (just below Darwin, Lizard, the Lamb and Tales from TOPOcreans) for me.

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La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros Symphonic Prog

Review by Marcos

4 stars "What can be done except for seeing films"

About this band already I spoke in the review of "LMDHP"

"Obertura 777": A good beginning for the work. In this piece the emotions abound as much as the keyboards. Perhaps a greater presence of the guitar could be expected, but anyway the result is very good.

"Marilyn, Cenicienta y las mujeres": this song begins like a ballad that lets see something of "synphonism" in the harmony. More ahead the theme advances until arriving at the greater intensity.

"No te dejes desanimar":This beautiful song caused that I began to listen to LMDHP. Per moments it makes me remember Gentle Giant. The piano, the synth-strings and the voices, do of this song one of most exciting of the album.

"Qué se puede hacer salvo ver películas": In the beginning of this work, the bossa's air surprises. In this song the instrumental piano, and all parts stand out. In addition, on the end, the arrangement of voices is surprising, one of the best that I have listened.

"Hipercandombe": it is a very rythmical and energetic work. Music shows clearly the influences of the tango and other Latin American styles (like candombe). Excellent work of symphonic rock.

"El vendedor de las muñecas de plástico": the music of this work is really good, but the lyrics are done as a game, and is, perhaps, a little obscene (double sense). The title explains everything: "the salesman of the plastic dolls".

"Ruta perdedora": This musical composition is another sample of the "emotivity" to the service of music. This characteristic is the one that it captivates to me of all the bands of "Charly Garcia". A passage in half of the song stands out in this work: a counterpoint between guitar, bass and keyboards, that interchange tunes (melodies) and accompaniment until arriving at climax.

"En las calles de Costa Rica": A good instrumental closing for the album. An excellent summarized sample of the LMDHP music.

An excellent addition to any prog music collection, an essential album of symphonic prog-rock

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La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros Symphonic Prog

Review by serugiran

5 stars Oh mi first review, well this La La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros debut album in which many differences between the songs can be noticed.

The first song called Bubulina has a great synth opening with volume raising until the apperaeance of an overdrived guitar leading to the union of the whole line-up.The drumming in this song is perfect but the most interesting side of this song is the middle part in which a beatiful keybords-synths-guitar playing takes part.A beatiful song.

The 2nd one is a short folky song with a really nice passage and a common piano solo( DO NOT expect Keith Emerson in here) with a perfect bass playing, somehow reminding me to Squire.

Boletos, Pases y abonos has an interesting mixture of 70'-funk style with a jazzy guitar work in some passages.The bass and drums fits perfectly while the singing.At the middle of the song a 2/4 rock 'n roll almost common section starts leading to a perfect end.Just listen to it!

"No puedo verme" ( I can`t see myself) has an introduction really closed to Deep Purple's "A 2000 " from Burn album, then reaching to a funky part( a repeated pattern in this album) to a relatively calm passage and the back to the typical latin funk.Pay attention to the drums.

Rock has a beatiful introduction( perhaps the first Seru Girán song considering only the introduction .LOL) and then is not prog rock.

"Por Probar el vino y el agua salada"(" Because of tasting the wine and salty water") is a pure folk song but really enjoyable, with clever lyrics and a marvellous lead vocal melody and a violin behind in orderto make the song more authentic.WARNING: you may feel some piano similar to ELP`s The Sheriff, don`t panic!

The last Song "Ah, te ví entre las luces" is simply incredible, surprising for the one who is listening.Evertything in this song is just perfectly done, every note, every drum fill, everything.Honestly I still have not heard anything similar to it in ANY band.

Simply Awesome!!!

My rating: Bubulina:5/5, Como Mata el viento norte: 3.5/5, Boletos, Pases y Abonos:4/5, No puedo verme: 4/5, Rock:3.5/5, Por Probar el vino y el agua salada:4/5, Ah, te vi entre las luces 5/5.

Overall:29/35= 4 stars

I`l make it five because of being a debut album and because of being far from Europe classical prog rock.!!

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La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros Symphonic Prog

Review by Marcos

4 stars All of C.Garcia's projects have an high emotional burden. This work is not an exception. In this album, LMDHP presents an emo-symphonic rock, that mixes classical music and tango, in rock format. The musicians are good. García and Cutaia (in various keyboards) smelts the melodies with atmospheres. Bazterrica and Moro ('the clock'), display his skills and creativity. Sometimes, Fernández achieves Sqire's sound.

The album begins with an old song: "Bubulina" (this theme was played in the last Sui Generis live album). 'Bubulina' begin as a prog-ballad, go through a psychedelic/symphonic moment and arrive to climax: a furious and emotive part, which introduces me in the final.

The next track "Como mata el viento norte" is the less prog than the others, but is good.

"Boletos, pases y abonos" starts with a hi-hat's "game"; well, the song begins with a "pentatonic sound"; in the middle of the theme, the 'symphonism' is presented.

"No puedo verme más" and "Rock and Roll" might be described as 'symphonic rock and roll', because there is a R'n'R influence but the instruments and voices generate complex symphonic textures.

"Por probar el vino y el agua salada" is singly nice 'country music'.

The latest song ("Ah, te ví entre luces") is the longest work in this album and maybe the most ambitious work in the combo. Some parts are angelic: only voices and strings. Another parts are intense: 'weighty' drums, guitar and bass; synths to full, and choral voices arrangements.

Listen "La Máquina de hacer Pájaros". If you want to have an complete collection of symphonic prog, you must have an ejemplar of this album. The second album ("Películas") is better yet. Shortly I will review it.

Marcos

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Peliculas
La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros Symphonic Prog

Review by AcostaFulano

4 stars I don't like this album as much as their first one.

Even though I agree with some other reviewers that this guys achieved to comprenetate with each other (You can see what I'm talking about in the beautiful RUTA PERDEDORA and HIPERCANDOMBE) I find the individuals track weaker than the tracks in their first album. My highlights for these album are those two, but overall I think this album lacks the energy I found on their first record.

This is still an excellent addition to any prog collection. I give this album 4 stars

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