Saturday, February 28, 2015

Aquelarre - 1972 - Aquelarre


01. Canto
02. Yo Seré El Animal, Vos Serás Mi Dueño
03. Aventura En El Árbol
04. Jugador, Campos Para Luchar
05. Cantemos Tu Nombre
06. Movimiento

- Emilio del Güercio / bass, vocals
- Héctor Stark / guitar, vocals
- Hugo González Neira / keyboards, vocals
- Rodolfo Garcia / drums, vocals

After Almendra's break-up, three new extremely important groups were formed. Luis Alberto Spinetta formed Pescado Rabioso, Edelmiro Molinari formed Color Humano, whilst Emilio del Güercio and Rodolfo García formed Aquelarre.

For this project, Del Güercio and García were joined by González Neira (a keyboard player from the jazz scene), and the great guitarist Starc (formerly with the beat combo Alta Tensión and a regular at every endless guitar rock jam). The group played highly rehearsed progressive music, with surrealistic lyrics, led by the peculiar and melodic sound of the electric harpsichord.

Aquelarre officially made their debut on March 17th, 1972, at the Lorange Theatre on Corrientes Avenue in Buenos Aires. Soon afterwards, they released their outstanding first LP, recorded in two months at ION Studios (sharing dates and studio with Huinca).

The album starts with the powerful "Canto" (featuring another characteristic of the group: the fast wild guitar). The soft and beautiful "Yo seré el animal, tú serás mi dueño" is followed by the best track of the LP: "Aventura en el árbol". Listen to that brilliant wah-wah echo guitar!

Side B begins with "Jugador, campos para luchar", led by the guitar riff and powerful harpsichord, and the pretty "Cantemos tu nombre" (sung by Hugo with his peculiar voice). The album closes with the sturdy "Movimiento". A highly recommended record.

The cover was drawn by Emilio del Güercio (years later he quit music to become a graphic designer), and both the cover artwork and the lyrics subtly reflected the dark period just about to arise in the country (the military coup).

A pretty good album, it picks up s from where Almendra II left off; anyways this sounds much more like Pappo's Blues than Almendra. Of course, Spinetta's absence explains the sharp drop in the quality of the lyrics when comparing this album to Almendra. I don't know if I would call it psychedelic or space rock, but it is in the same vein as most stoner rock bands. The album features a great cover, which is pretty psychedelic, and was drawn by the band's bass player.

In retrospect this is truly charming music, which lost nothing of its beauty and appeal over the years and is definitely worthy of an honorable place in any serious Prog collection.

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