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Los Jaivas - Los Jaivas [Aka: Todos Juntos; La Ventana] CD (album) cover

LOS JAIVAS [AKA: TODOS JUNTOS; LA VENTANA]

Los Jaivas

 

Prog Folk

3.25 | 44 ratings

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Proglodita
4 stars This is the most classic album by Los Jaivas. Hear you find the classics, and I even say anthems, of the band, "Todos Juntos" y "Mira Niñita". In fact, in Chile children know the song "Todos Juntos" first, and then come to know the band Los Jaivas. Is one of those songs that's part of the culture of the country. But, maybe you are wondering how a progressive rock song could do this. Well, the song doesn't sound quite progressive, at least the first part (the sung part), but like a folklore song. But then comes the guitar solo, an instrumental part, and finally a percussion solo in the way of Santana.

About "Mira Niñita", something similar happens. Here, the first part is very mellow, and then starts the instrumental/experimental part. Well, partially experimental, because that word is reserved for the 10-minute "Los Caminos que se Abren", song which is clearly inspired in "Revolution 9". Gato Alquinta said once that, when he heard "Revolution 9", he said, wow, it's possible to include something like that in an album.

These are the guidelines of the album: a merge of different styles, sounds, and instruments. In fact, with the first minute of "Marcha al Interior del Espíritu" you already have an idea of what are you going to listen, nothing usual for the date, not even 35 years later (although we are more used to).

Songs like "Indio Hermano", "Todos Juntos" and "Corre que te Pillo" have a sound very andean, very folk. Songs like "Los Caminos que se Abren", "Ayer caché", "Corre que te Pillo" (again) and "Cuero y Piel" show the experimental side of the band. "La Quebrá del Ají" has the rhythm and the signature of the cueca (Chilean traditional dance), 6/8, but is far from being a cueca.

And the final. great final. One of the best songs of the album, and only in 25 seconds. Rhythm, flute, charango and. it's over.

Proglodita | 4/5 |

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