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ESPIRITU

Symphonic Prog • Argentina


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This top notch Argentinian progrock band was rooted in '69 when singer Fernando Bergé and guitar player Osvaldo Favrot founded Onda Corta. After many changes in the line-up the band featured Carlos Goler on drums, Claudio Martinez on bass and of course prime movers Fernando and Osvaldo in '72. Under their new name ESPIRITU the band gave a serie of gigs in '73 and released a single entitled "Soy la Noche". It was received well, ESPIRITU started to rehearse for their debut album and added a keyboard-player, first David Lebon but when he left Gustavo Fedel was willing to replace him. In this line-up ESPIRITU released their first album entitled "Crisalida" in '75, a fine symphonic rock record with echoes from GENESIS and YES. The band was at their pinnacle: good response from both fans and the press and spectacular live shows. Unfortunately Fedel decided to leave the band, he was replaced by Ciro Fogliatta and these musicians released the second album entitled "Libre y Natural". Because of lack of support from the record company, musical disputes and a lot of stress ESPIRITU disbanded in '76.

In '81 the record company invited Osvaldo and Fernando to make a new album, they had to search for new musicians because the other three original members were not able to join or not to trace. In '82 ESPIRITU finally released "Espiritu III", a year later followed by "En Movimiento" and in '96 the live album "Espiritu Live" in The Obras stadium '82" was released ("En Vivo En Obras" was the original title). In 2001 Osvaldo started to search for musicians in order to resurrect ESPIRITU. Despite the terrible circumstances in Argentina to make progrock (the media ignores it totally!) he succeeded, Osvaldo's son Fredirico was one of them! In 2003 this new line-up released "Fronteras Magicas". It was presented live in the ND Theatre on December 10th in 2003.

The first album "Crisalida" is their best effort, it contains beautiful and alternating compositions with many changing atmospheres (from mellow with acoustic guitar to up-tempo with heavy electric guitar), lush keyboards and some vocal harmonies. The most obvious hints are GENESIS and YES but the music is also often compared with the early Italian progrock like PFM and SEMIRAMIS, very melodic with lots of captivating musical ideas.

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3.69 | 58 ratings
Crisalida
1975
3.82 | 35 ratings
Libre Y Natural
1976
3.07 | 9 ratings
Espiritu III
1982
3.00 | 4 ratings
En Movimiento
1983
3.00 | 10 ratings
Fronteras Mágicas
2003

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

3.50 | 4 ratings
Live ''En Obras'' '82
1996
4.05 | 2 ratings
En Vivo - 2004
2005

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

3.40 | 5 ratings
Compilado 2006
2006
3.02 | 3 ratings
Compilado 2008
2008
3.50 | 2 ratings
Entreciclos - 40 años
2013

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 Libre Y Natural by ESPIRITU album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.82 | 35 ratings

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Libre Y Natural
Espiritu Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Heading for the recordings of a second album, Espiritu had to deal with a major departure, Gustavo Fedel left the band to join Generación Cero, he was immediately replaced by Ciro Fogliatta, member of the legendary Argentinian Beat band Los Gatos.Their new album was recorded at the Phonalex Studios, a regular home for major Argentinian Prog and Rock bands.It was titled ''Libre y natural'' and came out again on the Talent label in 1976.

Stylistically this one follows the vein of the previous release, establishing the band as one of the not so frequent entries in the Argentinian Symphonic Rock scene.With Fogliatta making heavy use of the same keyboard equipment as Fedel, Espiritu played a very YES-influenced Progressive Rock with big time symphonic arrangements, flashy keyboard parts, decent interplays and a normal taste of the South-American lands due to the Spanish vocals and laid-back acoustic passages.I would definitely expect some sort of originality, but the guys never escaped from the strong YES-rooted textures, which sees them making use of dominant, upfront bass lines and quirky keyboard splashes with the Moog synthesizer in evidence.In fact the more pastoral parts of the album also happen to be the more original ones, eventually giving space to a more Latin-spiced sound with a poetic lyricism and a rural enviroment.That's not to say that the richer movements are of a lower interest, the band sounded pretty great at moments, offering some very good instrumental parts with a couple of extraordinary guitar performances by Osvaldo Favrot, always in a YES vein, and cool keyboard lines on organ and synths.Lots of fine interplays to go along with some top notch complex ideas and Carlos Goler's outstanding drumming, which even flirts with jazzy patterns.

YES-influenced Prog Rock.You shouldn't expect that by a South-American band, but Espiritu did play so.At least they were pretty good and always made some room for some local acoustics during the gentle moments.Nice and recommended album.

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 Compilado 2006 by ESPIRITU album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2006
3.40 | 5 ratings

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Compilado 2006
Espiritu Symphonic Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

4 stars One of the finer things about this site is that one can learn about progressive bands that you would never have heard of otherwise. Espiritu, for me is one of those bands. This compilation is one of two that can be downloaded for free from the band's web site, and I thank them for that.

The opening notes of the first track give the impression that this band is going to be yet another Genesis imitation. But it doesn't take long before that impression is blown away with complex guitar, keyboard and drums. In fact, the best comparison I can make is to the vintage years of PFM. Yes, this is some highly technical, and well played symphonic prog.

My only complaint is that all too often the keyboards are way too low in the mix. It's not much of a complaint. 4 stars.

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 Fronteras Mágicas by ESPIRITU album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.00 | 10 ratings

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Fronteras Mágicas
Espiritu Symphonic Prog

Review by maryes

3 stars "Fronteras Mágicas" the fifth studio work of the band ESPIRITU, is not gotten to be a complete deception, it doesn't also nor close to their best moments ("Chrysalis" and "Libre & Natural"). Maybe it is due to the fact that the guitarrist Osvaldo favrot is the only remain menber of the original line-up of the band, which is decisve in my point of view . Although, it should emphasize that the substitutes musicians are great , the disk in certain moments arrives to monotony, what is already a sin in terms of progressive music. However, there are really some instrumental and vocal passages in the disk that deserves prominence, as in the vocal of Track 1 "Polarians",a Track 5 "Anything that decirte") one of the best moments of the album) with ar "riff" that reminds something of Rush and a hammond-organ solo to Jon Lord or Ken Hesley's style, the Track 6 "Frío" that sends us to moments of space-prog bands as Hydria Spacefolk and also to Mike Oldfield's style, Track 8 "Ciudad of Locos" with a melodic line that reminded me Eloy, Track 10 "Psicosis 2002" that brings an abbreviation instant of King Crinsom in the melody. However, if we take in consideration that the disk has 68 duration min I find very a little to highlight. For these considerations my rate is 3 stars.

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 Compilado 2008 by ESPIRITU album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2008
3.02 | 3 ratings

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Compilado 2008
Espiritu Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars The second and the least interesting free compilation album from Espiritu.

It seems like this compilation album is mostly concentrated on the final half of their albums. Albums which is more in the Italian pomp pop tradition than in the RPI tradition. I am not a fan of Italian pomp pop, btw. Some of the other songs here are also more in the classic British prog tradition (Genesis springs to mind) and RPI tradition (Banco springs to mind). This blend still makes this compilation album from this Argentine band an interesting listen and should spur people onto discovering the rest of their albums. Which I have done.

In this world wide web age, can we get more of free compilation albums like these, please ? I believe Espiritu (and Ifsounds and Elegant Simplicity) will benefit greatly from free compilation albums like this. After all, they cost next to nothing to put out on the net.

In the meantime, enjoy this album and discover a band from Argentina which is well worth your attention. I am sure there is something on their two compilation albums most people will love.

I am now moving onto their studio albums. Something I would not had done without these two compilation albums.

3 stars

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 Compilado 2008 by ESPIRITU album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2008
3.02 | 3 ratings

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Compilado 2008
Espiritu Symphonic Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Now the second free compilation!

This is the second free compilation album that Argentinean band Espíritu offers in their website. So if you are interested in getting stuff from one representative band from the Latin American scene, you have to check this out.

Nowadays, it is a great advantage for us, the listeners that musicians are closer to the technology and internet sites, so now we can listen to their music if we just visit their sites and click on some link, as easy as this. It is also a strategy that some bands use in order to fight piracy, so it is better to offer some (just some) music for free. Espiritu, in a wise decision decided to put in our hands (or ears) these two compilation albums that will lead us to know their music in a deeper way.

Now, the only thing I did not really expect, was that they did not include music from their first two albums: "Crisálida" from 1975 and "Libre y Natural" from 1978, those two albums includes some of their best music in my opinion, it would have been nice if songs like "Sueños Blancos Ideas Negras" or "Libre y Natural" were included. Actually, here there is a live version of "Deselectriza tu Mente" but I prefer the studio version this time.

So, as the previous compilation, this one also offers tracks from "Espiritu III"; "En Movimiento"; "Fronteras Mágicas"; and the live album "En vivo 2004". The music is mostly symphonic rock with that Argentinean flavor, but with keyboards and guitars that in moments will remind you to some RPI bands, or even some 70s acts from England.

My favorite songs here are "La Casa de la Mente" which is the longest song from the two compilation albums, and that shows their creativity and intensity; "Ella de Visita" which starts as a soft ballad, but later turns rockier and more interesting, with great guitar riffs; and "Frío" which is a more experimental, yet interesting song.

To be honest, I prefer a little the first 2006 compilation, but this is also nice, another good album that can help people get involved in Espiritu's music. So again, I recommend you to go and download them. My final grade, three stars.

Enjoy it!

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3.40 | 5 ratings

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Compilado 2006
Espiritu Symphonic Prog

Review by memowakeman
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3 stars Nice compilation from this Argentinean band!

This is one of those bands that one can listen and listen and always find moments of pleasure. Espíritu, from Argentina was formed in the early seventies and recorded some studio and live albums, all of them with that latin American touch, however there is a clear influence taken from the symphonic giants from both, United Kingdom and Italy.

Now that our fellow collaborator Torodd interviewed Osvaldo Fravot, I was again interested in this band, whose album Crisálida has to be one of the most representative records from the Argentinean progressive realm. And thanks to this interview I could notice that if you visit their website, you can download for free a couple of compilation albums, "Compilado 2006" and "Compilado 2008", right now I am reviewing the first one.

For people who are not familiar with the band's music, the opportunity of a compilation album might help them to find out if the music is what they are looking for or not, though I am not a true fan of best of or greatest hits albums, I believe they can work as introductory albums for newcomers. So anyone who does not know Espíritu and don't want to spend some money, can go and download these samplers.

In this 2006 CD, what you will find is a mix of studio and live songs taken from different albums. "Imágenes Tenues y Transparentes" and "Un Viaje por los Recuerdos" were both taken from their "En Vivo" album from 2005. Both track show that their sound on stage is also great, so anyone who likes prog from South America would have loved to attend to one of their shows.

The other chosen songs, can be found in their three last studio albums: "Espiritu III" from 1982; "En Movimiento" from 1983; and "Fronteras Mágicas" from 2003. So as you can notice, this compilation album does not feature any song from their 70s albums. The music here has that special flavor from Argentina, if you are familiar with bands like Invisible, Crucis or MIA, you will enjoy for sure Espíritu. Their symphonic oriented music with great keyboards, excellent guitar works, along with that soft voice will please the listener.

My favorite songs are "Lento Juego de Luces", whose first seconds are not that great, but while the song is running it becomes more and more interesting; "Guardianes en Pie" whose keyboard sound shows their first class quality; and "Requiem X" which is a soft but beautiful melody in my opinion.

Let me tell you that this is not the best compilation album you will find, actually I would have changed some of the songs here for others I like more, however, as I told you earlier I believe this is a nice album if you want to know the band. If you have time, please download this, and download the 2008 sampler, which I will review right away. My final grade, three stars.

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3.40 | 5 ratings

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Compilado 2006
Espiritu Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars The first of Espiritu's free download samplers adds sound to the myth that is Espiritu. At least for those of us not living in Argentine. This sampler is an excellent idea and an excellent download so please go ahead and download it while you are reading this review.

It is obvious that both Genesis and Yes are big influences on Espiritu. The first song Imágenes tenues y transparentes starts as a Genesis song and then continues as an Yes song. Though with some added local flavours like an over enthusiastic vocalist. Well, it is a track from a live album after all. On the subsequent tracks, it is clear that the likes of Premiata Forneria Marconi and the rest of the melodic RPI scene has influenced Espiritu. A song like Lento juego de luces could had gone straight into a PFM album and been quite an asset for that album. In short, Espiritu is quite a catch if you like melodic, lyrical symphonic prog and/or RPI.

I am quite taken by the oldest song on this compilation album. They are all great. The newer stuff........ well, I am not won over. The sound too leaves a lot to be desired. But this compilation leaves no doubts that Espiritu was a brilliant band in their best days. I think this is a great download and an excellent historical document on a band which would had wiped the floor with most bands if they had been based in England. But Argentine, it was.

A recommended free download for those who loves symphonic prog and want to discover one of the great bands from this scene.

3.5 stars

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 Crisalida by ESPIRITU album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.69 | 58 ratings

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Crisalida
Espiritu Symphonic Prog

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars The music of this Argentinean debut is a blend of folk, psychedelic, and symphonic music with a few hints of Yes and Genesis (I would not go so far as to compare this group to the English giants of progressive rock). At times, the vocals are very similar to certain 1960s rock acts, with smooth harmonies, while at other times, the singing is belted and sounds similar to that of Eloy. Crisalida is a very good album, but one that rarely excites me.

"La Casa de la Mente" Light synthesizers build a fine introduction. Following this, frenetic guitar bursts through with a Latin rhythm backing it up. This style of playing isn't what I like to listen to at all- so many notes in such a short period of time, and the guitar even sounds slightly out of tune in places. It gives way to a sudden acoustic guitar and piano with calm vocals. The synthesizer returns over a pleasing rhythm, and serves as the highlight of the song.

"Prolijas Virtudes del Olivido" Steady snare drum and a dual guitar lead ushers in more synthesizer over piano and acoustic guitar. I quite like the keyboard work and the delightful vocal harmonies.

"Suenos Blancos Ideas Negras" Swampy guitars, airy synthesizer, and deep bass create a slow psychedelic piece. Midway through it rocks out with heavy guitar and a solid bass groove. This piece especially reminds me of Eloy. The finale charges on with some excellent guitar work.

"Sabois de Vida" Spacey, almost underwater sounds open the track, and soon it launches into more semi-psychedelic rock. The bassist is the one to watch on this song. The piece becomes halcyon abruptly, with acoustic guitar, piano, and fair vocals.

"Eterna Evidencia" This is a wild synthesizer ride that I want to get off of as quickly as possible. The tone and choice of notes just do not fit with the background music. It is painful to hear.

"Tiempo de Ideas" After some experimental sounds, this song has vocals over organ, and then launches into a so-so acoustic rock song. The electric guitar and synthesizer tend to work well together during the conclusion.

"Hay Un Mundo Cerrado Dentro Tuyo" This is a light acoustic guitar and synthesizer piece. The slightly whiny vocals make this sound similar to a David Bowie song.

"Hay Un Mundo Luminoso" Despite it's length, the final track feels close to mainstream classic rock. An extended guitar solo, the tone of which I do not like due to its graininess, contributes to that time. It does feature a soft acoustic passage in the second half. The ending is delightful, with some nice organ, synthesizer, and vocals.

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 Libre Y Natural by ESPIRITU album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.82 | 35 ratings

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Libre Y Natural
Espiritu Symphonic Prog

Review by bungle77

5 stars 4,5 stars. In the last 5 year of 70s, Argentina was absolutly at the top of simphonic prog scene.In this period was realeased a lot of prog masterpieces (Mia, Bubu, Alas, Arco Iris, Banana, ...), among this, there is surely Libre Y Natural. Second effort of the Espirtu. Usually Crisalida their first effort is considered their best album, but i am not agree, this album envolve you much more, give you more strong emotion, Crisalida was more soft. The strong point as many argentinian album are the melody, maybe only in Italian Prog you can find the same great quality. One extra point to be a concept album!

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 Crisalida by ESPIRITU album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.69 | 58 ratings

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Crisalida
Espiritu Symphonic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I have enjoyed a lot of great music from Argentina over the years and I can add ESPIRITU now to that growing list. Some incredible keyboard and guitar work and interplay on this album and the vocals bring some seventies Italian bands to mind. So it's all good.

"The House Of Mind" opens with synths galore for over 2 minutes then it kicks in with some killer guitar. It settles somewhat after 3 minutes as vocal melodies then vocals come in. Check out the acoustic guitar 4 1/2 minutes in. "Tedious Virtues Of Olivado" is uptempo early with heavy guitar before piano and vocals take over. "White Dream Black Idea" opens with synths and gentle guitar. It kicks in at 2 minutes but settles back down quickly with vocals. Contrasts continue. Full speed ahead 3 minutes in as tempo shifts continue. They're kicking but 5 1/2 minutes in.

"Sabois De Vida" opens with lots of atmosphere before the guitar crashes the party. This is pretty uplifting before 2 minutes. More excellent guitar after 4 minutes as themes are repeated. Check out the synths early on in "Eternal evidence" as drums and piano support. The guitar comes in ripping it up. "Idea Of Time" features some uplifting organ as vocals join in.The tempo picks up but it continues to change throughout.

"Yours Is A Closed World Inside" opens with drums, synths and strummed guitar. A fuller sound after a minute until it settles as vocals come in. It kicks back in when vocals stop. Nice. "There Is A Luminous World" is upbeat until it calms down with passionate vocals. It kicks back in as contrasts continue. The guitar lights it up 2 1/2 minutes in. It turns pastoral before 5 minutes before a full sound with vocals returns to end it.

I really like the way this band sounds, a very enjoyable listen.

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