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Artist: CONGREGACION
Title: Viene
Format: LP
Label: Aroma Vinyl
Country: Chile
Price: $24.00
"Congregación was perhaps the most legendary of the many excellent bands of the Chilean musical scene of the early 1970s. In spite of not having been a popular band like Los Jaivas, Los Blops and Congreso, they deserve their position of privilege in the history of Chilean rock. The group was from Valparaíso and led by musician and poet, mystic and ecologist Antonio Smith. They wrote lyrics with a significant political, philosophical and religious content, which were a real "celebration of life." Musically, they crafted ballads in an Andean style with ethnic atmospheres: you could say they made a kind of psychedelic folk with progressive  leanings. The music of Congregación has an evocative sense of open space, using natural sounds and acoustic textures to foreground Smiths soaring melodies. The results are incredibly beautiful. Like another album, Bulents �??Benimle Oynar Misin,�?� it has just the perfect balance plaintively sorrowful acid/folk and gently arranged pop (those Beatles-esque harmonics are impossible to overlook). They recorded just one LP and a single (both in 1972); due to the Chilean "coup detat" of 1973, the band were forced to put an end to their musical career. Antonio Smith settled in Argentina, where he recorded an LP in 1974 with musicians from Los Jaivas, Illapu and Matías Pizarro called "Sol de Chile" (Chilean Sun); as a solo artist he also recorded  two other LPs: "Ven seamos más" (Come and lets be more of us) in 1974, and "Somos el mundo" (We are the world) in 1975. But its the music of Congregación which has lasted the longest, and made the greatest impact on listeners worldwide. In the last  decades, the music of "Congregación" has conquered people around the world, even though the original LP is a very, very rare collectors piece. This limited edition of 500 copies is an exact replica of the original gatefold release, with notes and lyrics on the LP inner sleeve. A highly recommended album that is surely one of the pinnacles of dreamy psychedelia." - Aroma Vinyl.
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