Saturday, 4 August 2018
Jaivas. Los - El Indio (1975)
The third album from this band from Chile.
The band was a quintet with a lineup of flutes, organ, electric organ, piano, guitars, bass, bongos, drums and Spanish vocals.
This band is true legends from and in South America. They have had a long career.
Their first two albums, and you can find my reviews of those somewhere else in this blog, were pure folk music.
The band did a pretty big U-turn on this album though.
There is still a lot of folk music here. But there is also a lot of classical music and jazz inspired progressive rock here. Indeed, ELP has had a pretty substantial influence on this album. At least Keith Emerson has had that.
There are also some wild drums here and some melodic songs too. Folk rock is the right label from this part of the album. There is also flutes here and a lot of local culture and music. Local as from the Andes mountains and Chile.
The end result is an interesting and diverse album which has some really good stuff and some not so good stuff. It is an album well worth checking out.