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2 stars If I had to describe PSIGLO'S good debut, I would say it's an album out of it's time and out of place in Prog Archives.

South America had a fertile Proto Prog and psyche scenario from the mid/late 60's to the early 70's, but PSIGLO reached the market 4 or 5 years too late, yes they use Hammond, have some interesting late Psyche touches, but IMO they were never in the level of the real monsters of the region as EL RELOJ in Argentina or TRAFFIC SOUND in Perú, bands that were popular not only in their countries but in most of the region.

And to make it worst, PSIGLO was playing some sort of 60's Rock, in 1972, so they were miles behind the rest of the bands of the sub-continent.

In general terms, they are influenced by bands as Grand Funk Railroad, a bit of Uriah Heep,and even some elements of a local form of POP called Go Go Español that was very popular in Latin America in the late 60's.

But this is not negative, they were a good band with excellent organ work and a solid formation, but they were miles behind almost everybody, while other countries had already a Progressive Rock scenario, they were in some sort of late Proto Prog.

Some songs are interesting though, for example the soft Catalina has not only an excellent keyboard but a very nice violin section that enhances the music that otherwise would be too simple for a Prog site.

Vuela a mi Galaxia is another good track clearly inspired in URIAH HEEP; the chorus and chorus screams in the style of David Byron are more than evident, but the lead vocals remind me of one of the Spanish Rock Icons Miguel Rios, very strong material.

No Pregunten Por Que has a very interesting percussion that creates a fusion with Afro Latin sounds and very pleasant chorus, again nothing spectacular but quite nice.

Gente sin Camino starts with an interesting and clearly psychedelic introduction of Hammond and drums, and leads to a vocal passage that flows gently until the first instrumental break where a guitar a la Santana breaks the monotony of most of the album.

But the best track is left for the end Vuela a mi Galaxia 2 is an excellent song in which the organ introduction and later development of the song reminds of early Uriah Heep, with a very strong drumming and competent vocals in Spanish, excellent song.

The rest of the tracks are more or less in the same vein, between Grand Funk, Uriah Heep and some late Psyche, not recommended for the Proghead who expects much more of a band of the 70's, probably if they had released this stuff in the 60's, the band would be recognized as one of the Proto Prog icons of South America, but they are just too naive for the 70's

If this was a General Rock site, I would probably go with 3 or 3.5 stars, but for Prog Archives and according to teh guidelines, I'll go with 2 stars......But this doesn't mean the album is bad, maybe too simple and out of time, even when a piece of candy for collectors of Latin American Proto Prog.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 2/5 |


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