Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Jaivas. Los - Alturas De Machu Picchu (1981)

The sixth album from this Chilean band.

The band was a quintet with a lineup of pan flutes, mini-moog, fender rhodes, keyboards, guitars, bass, drums, various percussion and flutes. The vocals were in Spanish.

This is said to be one of the most important ever albums from South America in the progressive rock and folk music genre. So says everyone. An icon of an album, it is said.

But I have my own opinions and voice them in this blog.

The band has now moved into a folk rock flavoured symphonic prog landscape. That not only because this is a concept album based on the poems of Pablo Neruda.

The music is at times pretty complex and symphonic. There are also some psych and space rock in the music on this album. A forty minutes long album, no less.

There is still a lot of South American folk rock vocal harmonies on this album and some very good vocals. Something that adds value to this album.

There is also some hand clapping in addition to the keyboards and guitars here. The music on this album is like Chile meets United Kingdom without making any compromises whatsoever.

And it works really well. A great track or two is missing. But this is still a good album from a band I am starting to really get more and more into. I am still not a fan. But I really appreciate this band.

3 points

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