2-11 Vida
Produced by Jorge Alvarez
Released on 1972
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S tung by the criticism that my progressive tastes were too provincial, I found this balm in the generic prog bin of a favorite record shop in Connecticut. Now I don’t speak a word of Spanish, and Sui Generis doesn’t sing a word of English, so it’s not a match made in Heaven. It’s not a common language that Vida and I lack, however, but a common interest. This is not progressive rock; it’s folk music spiced with psychedelia, pop and rock. As I understand it, the band’s prog credentials stem from their subsequent work. Here, on their first album, Sui Generis sounds more like a Spanish version of Barclay James Harvest in their early days. For example, “Natalio Ruiz” could pass for “Vanessa Simmons.” There are other English-American reference points, from Simon & Garfunkel (“Quizas, Proque”) to Cat Stevens (“Mariel Y El Capitan”) to Frank Zappa (“Toma Dos Blues”). As with those artists, Sui Generis has an ear for all sorts of melodies, which lead to arrangements that often take unexpected but delightful turns. In the rare moments when they cross over into rock (e.g., “Dime Quien Me Lo Robo,” “Cuando Comenzamos A Nacer”), you can hear where Sui Generis might be a natural fit for prog’s broad horizons, much as From Genesis To Revelation revealed on such occasions. But Vida will likely sound too precious for most prog tastes. It seems the band has a sense of humor (“Necesito” certainly sounds like a cute song), which could pass the time more quickly for Spanish listeners. However, I’ll reserve judgment on Sui Generis until I hear their later work. Vida is simply too low-key and laidback an album to project onto prog, though as early singer/songwriter albums go it bodes well for a young Charly Garcia.

TRACK LISTING

  1. CANCION PARA MI MUERTE    2:35
  2. NECESITO    2:16
  3. DIME QUIEN ME LO ROBO    5:30
  4. ESTACION    1:28
  5. TOMA DOS BLUES    3:43
  6. NATALIO RUIZ    3:50
  7. MARIEL Y EL CAPITAN    2:45
  8. AMIGO VUELVE A CASA PRONTO    3:26
  9. QUIZAS, PROQUE    2:17
  10. CUANDO COMENZAMOS A NACER    2:40
  11. POSLUDIO    0:50

    All songs written by Charly Garcia

CREDITS

CHARLY GARCIA -- piano, guitar, vocals
NITO MESTRE -- guitar, flute, vocals
Claudio Gabis -- guitar
Alejandro Medina -- bajo
Jorge Pinchevsky -- violin
Francisco Pratti -- drums

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
ARG 1972 Microfon LP SE-369  
ARG 1985 Talent LP SUPS80300  
ARG 1993 Microfon/Sony CD 2-11  
US June 2, 2003 Sony CD 493900  
ARG 2004 Sony CD 478859 digital remaster

 

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