Almendra was one of the most important rock groups from Buenos AiresArgentina in the late s. Led by guitarist and lyricist Luis Alberto SpinettaAlmendra released between and a few singles and two albums - Almendra and Almendra II - that revolutionized the sound of Argentine rock for the remainder of the 20th century and almost single-handedly changed the way local rock music was perceived by critics and audiences.
Widely compared to The Beatles by their local contemporaries, Almendra did not survive the s and the making of a planned rock opera, though all individual Bobby Vinton - Party Music went on to form the backbone of Argentine rock in the s.
The initial rehearsals were Agnus Dei - Almendra - Almendra at Spinetta's house in Belgrano an upper-middle-class neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. By mid, they met producer Ricardo Kleiman, who signed them for a single.
Kleiman was the owner of the clothing shop Modart and ran a radio show, Modart en la Noche Modart at Nightthat aired the latest international releases of beat and rock music. On September 20,Tema de Pototo a.
Tema de Pototo is a beautiful beat ballad about a friend they thought was dead. By the end of the year, Agnus Dei - Almendra - Almendra todo el hielo en la ciudad Agnus Dei - Almendra - Almendra a great fuzz guitar work by Edelmiro, hit the stores. The b-side features Campos verdes for which a promotional film was made. Their debut in Buenos Aires was on March 24, at the di Tella Institutethe centre of avant-garde 60s culture in Argentina.
Almendra spent the rest of the year performing at different venues, until September 21, first day of Spring and Student's Day in Argentina, when they played at the Pinap Festival. Pinap was a beat magazine, and the Festival was the first major event of Argentine rock.
Meanwhile, the group was recording their debut album. An odd event marked the completion of it. Spinetta had drawn an enigmatic face for the cover. Days afterward, the record company claimed that the drawing had been lost, so they were Agnus Dei - Almendra - Almendra to use a photo of the group instead. Obviously upset, the musicians looked for the lost drawing and eventually found it discarded in the garbage. Spinetta had stayed up all night reproducing his original artwork and took it to the record company the following day.
The company offered no excuses the second time. The extraordinary debut album was finally released on November 29, Along with the famous drawing, it included an insert with lyrics and technical information.
By the end of the record company released a new single featuring Tema de Pototo and Final. The latter was originally scheduled to end their debut album, but could not make it due to time length limitations.
The group wanted Gabinetes espaciales to be the a-side of Agnus Dei - Almendra - Almendra single but RCA wished to promote Pototo instead. In early another single was released with two songs from the album. Meanwhile, Spinetta was working on a highly ambitious—though not original at that time—project: a rock opera about mankind's inner search.
But while they were working on this new album the group split. On 19 DecemberAlmendra a. The 2-LP set included only traces of the unfinished opera but was full of songs that previewed what the members of the group especially Emilio and Edelmiro would do next. Although Luis Alberto Spinetta was the main composer of the first album and most of the singles, it was clear that his fellow musicians had their own ideas as well. The brilliant double album is, thus, pretty heterogeneous.
The music is more complex and has much organ and guitar playing. Side A begins with Toma el tren hacia el sur featuring a great Edelmiro guitar solo. Next to the short and simple Jinglea Molinari powerful guitar composition No tengo idea follows. Side B features the chirping hard-psycho minutes-long Agnus Dei and the cute Para ir. Side D begins with Obertura obviously the ill-fated opera's Pauls Song - Free Love, Marcus Kelly, Westmoreland Co.
- Free Lovefollowed by the country-folk Amor de aire and Verde llano both written by Edelmiro. These highly successful shows led to a big tour including Work - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Uprising cities of Argentina and Uruguay.
Both include singles. Also, a now-impossible-to-get book titled Almendrafeaturing poems and drawings was published in All records were re-issued on CD. Also, the double RCA second album was later released as a 2-CD set with its complete original running order. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification.
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