Monday 16 October 2017

Espiritu - Libre Y Natural (1976)

The second album from this Argentine band.

Espiritu was a quintet on this album with a lineup of mellotron, synths, guitars, organ, piano, drums, percussion, bass and Spanish vocals.

Their 1975 debut album Crisalida was a good album. You can read my review here.

The band released five albums before they gave up. But I have only got their first two albums, but will probably get their three other albums too. This is indeed a good band.

It is widely regarded as one of the best ever bands to come out of Argentina. Which says a lot because this vast country has always had a great prog and fusion scene.

This album starts out with the same sound as Yes anno Fragile. The same warm symphonic prog sound. And the band continues with the same Fragile sound until the end of this album. A big plus in my books, this sound.

The sound has off course also a strong local Argentine flavour. The very good Spanish vocals adds a lot of local flavours too.

There is a lot of contrasts in their music. Between the more bombastic and the more pastoral pieces of music. Mostly in the same song too.

This album is thirty-two minutes long divided on eight songs. No long suites in other words. But the music on this album is very good throughout and an improvement on the good debut album Crisalida. Both albums should be checked out and enjoyed.

3.5 points

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