Saturday 14 October 2017

Bubu - Anabelas (1978)

The one and only album from this Argentine band.

Bubu was an eight piece big band with a lineup of guitars, piccolo, flutes, violin, sax, bass, drums, percussion and vocals.
The band had help from some guest musicians who provided choir and piano.

Anabelas is one of those mythological albums who a lot of people talk about in hushed voices. Some people even regard this as the best ever album to come out of the progressive rock scene.

I do not agree with that, though. Anabelas is a special album though.

Take King Crimson, add some Anglagard and a lot of jazz, zeuhl, avant-garde chamber rock, eclectic prog and folk music. That should basically cover all the bases.

The violins and the piccolo adds a lot of dissonant avant-garde chamber rock feelings here. There is a lot of dissonans on this album. But that is not off-putting at all. The frequent saxophones and angel-choirs is also adding contrasts here. The guitar solos is also adding a lot to this album.

The music is very, very complex throughout this forty minutes long album. And that makes it what it is. The album is also divided into three tracks. The longest track is twenty minutes long. But I regard this as one piece of music, the whole forty minutes long album.

And it is a very good piece of music indeed. It demands a lot from the listener and it may lead to outbreaks of sweaty hair. To the this album, you really have to listen....... hard. It is still a very good album and one I really enjoy.

3.5 points

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