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Los Jaivas


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4.79 | 49 ratings

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5 stars Can still remember a cold Sunday night in 1981 when casually selected channel 7 on my TV (The official TV Station of Perú), on those days in which there was no cable and the chances of finding good music on TV were really small, but there it was, a special about Los Jaivas filmed with the incredible view of Macchu Picchu, playing their best work in front of the lost city that inspired Pablo Neruda to write the poems that were used as lyrics for this album.

Twenty-four years after we can watch the rebirth of this special after digitalizing it plus the inclusion of several and interesting additions about which we'll talk later.

This special was filmed with background music because the "experts" said the use of loudspeakers could damage the city of Macchu Picchu, something we know it's absurd, but the bureaucracy need to invent some excuse to justify their salaries. Despite this fact, the DVD is simply amazing, beginning with the interesting presentation by the Literature Nobel Prize Nominee Mario Vargas Llosa describing with great detail and sensibility Pablo Neruda's poem Alturas the Macchu Picchu, something every person interested in culture and literature must listen, one great, novelist describing a great poet.

About the songs, there's not much to talk because all are described and reviewed in the self titled album that we can find in this archives, only must add that listening the music and lyrics (with English translation) in the exact place that served Neruda as inspiration is almost a religious experience.

It's also important especially for foreign listeners to have a view of the native instruments that were used by Los Jaivas in some songs and how incredibly they blend them with electric guitars, drums and synthesizers. The encounter of the ancient culture and the modern technology described in a few images.

The extras are simply outstanding, especially Sube a Nacer Conmigo Hermano, The World is a Stage where Los Jaivas show us several interpretations of this great song around the world and during 24 years, from Perú to Chile, Moscow, Paris, etc, in this collage we can see Juanita Parra who replaced the original drummer and her father Gabriel Parra after his tragic death, absolutely emotional.

I am really impressed with this release, which is a great addition not only for the music lovers but also for those interested in Peruvian ancient history and Latin American Literature.

I know that being Peruvian I'm more emotional and subjective when watching this DVD, but being absolutely honest, can't rate such beauty and musical virtuosity with less than 5 stars, a must have for every prog' fan.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 5/5 |


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