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19 Feb 2017

Invisible "El jardín de los Presentes" 1976 Argentina Prog Rock









Invisible  "El jardín de los Presentes"  1976 Argentina Prog Rock
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This band started as a trio, led by guitarist/singer Alberto Spinetta who came from the band Pescado Rabioso, he is one of the most prolific Argentine musicians. This third album is their most progressive sounding effort, also because of the more frequent use of keyboards and I love the sound of the bandoneon. The music of Invisible on this album reminds me of the Seventies Italian Prog, very compelling and featuring strong, often emotional. To me the vocals of Luis Alberto Spinetta are a bit similar to Jon Anderson but as the Spanish version! I was delighted about the guitarwork, very powerful with lots of great soli with elements from Santana and Steve Howe. A CD to discover if you like the very distinctive sound of the Latin-American prog!.......by erik neuteboom ............

First of all I would like to say that I don't agree with the fact that Invisible is labeled as Symphonic Prog.The term Jazz fusion would suite them much better.I think that this is important because this may confuse newcomers to the band (especially not spanish speakers)
This is the third and last album by this trio , who has now become a quartet due to the inclusion of guitar virtuoso Tomas Gubitsch.When listening to Spinetta's albums lyrics are a very important aspect so probably non spanish speakers won't be able to appreciate this at first , specially with this album that manages to build a very prominent porteño feel (by the way porteños are the citizens of Buenos Aires).

That being said , the album is mainly a blend of rock , jazz and tango. You can appreciate that due to the work of guest mucisians like bandeonists Juan Jose Mosalini and Rodolfo Mederos.If I were asked about the album's standout tracks I would say that they are the opener El anillo del Capitan Beto , whose lyrics are about the loliness a common man who was a bus driver feels when he is put on a space voyage , reminding his relatives and little every day stuff that he misses so much.

The other standout tracks are Los libros de la buena memoria and the instrumental Alarma entre los Angeles.Lastly I'll add that this album is a landmark in argentinian and latin american progressive music and deserves to be listened by every fan..... by crimson87 .............

INVISIBLE are from Argentina and they released 3 albums in the seventies before calling it quits. Luis Spinetta was the leader and an incredible talent. He played lead guitar and sang on the first two albums, but on this the final record they brought in this virtuoso to play lead guitar while Luis sang while still adding some guitar.Their first album blew me away and I gave it 4.5 stars, the second was more laid back and just didn't grab me like the debut so I gave it 3 stars. I really put off listening to this one assuming it would be like the last one but how wrong I was. Sure this is laid back for the most part but it's beyond beautiful, just a gorgeous record that deserves 4.5 stars as well. What a talented band ! I was reminded of the the Italian greats at times with the amazing vocals and incredible instrumental work.
"El Anillo Del Captain Beto" sounds so incredibly good and the Spanish vocals are so moving.The drums beat lightly while the bass throbs and the guitar gently plays. A gorgeous track. "Los Libros De La Buena Memoria" opens with sounds that echo as reserved vocals come in. Some accordion before 3 minutes. A mellow tune. "Alarma Entre Los Angeles" is an instrumental with drums and guitar leading the way early.This one's more dynamic but then it settles in tastefully. Some intricate guitar here as it solos throughout beautifully. "Que Ves El Cielo" is a good track that's laid back with vocals.

"Ruido De Magia" is another gorgeous sounding tune with vocals.Tasteful guitar as the bass throbs.The tempo picks up briefly then it turns dreamy. So moving 4 minutes in. "Doscientos Anos" is pastoral with the focus on the vocals. I like the vocal melodies before 3 1/2 minutes. "Nino Condenado" has a good intro, I like the bass and drums. Vocals before 2 minutes. It kicks in after 2 1/2 minutes. Nice. This is the most powerful passage on the album and it returns around 5 1/2 minutes in.What a song ! Check out the guitar late. "Las Golondrinas De Plaza De Mayo" has this nice laid back rhythm with vocals. An uplifting track.

A must in my opinion for fans of beautiful, melodic music.......by Mellotron Storm .............

In 1975, young virtuoso electric guitarist Tommy Gubitsch joined the group. Now a quartet, Invisible released their third and very popular final album: El jardín de los presentes. This LP had a lot of tango-influenced music and lyrics. There is some bandoneón playing; and the opening song, the still remembered "El anillo del capitán Beto", tells the story of a sort of space city bus driver with the same nickname as a popular soccer player.

This attempt to fuse tango with rock music was a trend in those days due to the fact that revolutionary tango composer Astor Piazzolla was getting involved with rock musicians. (He later regretted this, claiming that rock performers did not like to practice to improve their playing!). Anyway, let us admit that Spinetta had already used a bandoneón in a song years before that: "Laura va", from Almendra's debut album.

Another song to remark is "Niño condenado (Perdonado)", with a powerful King Crimson-influenced interlude.

El jardín de los presentes –a very good album in the end– was promoted with a big sell-out concert. However, by the end of the year (1976) the group split.

Luis Alberto Spinetta pursued a solo career (sometimes under the name Spinetta-Jade) mostly influenced in jazz-rock and fusion. Pomo and Machi would play with different artists.

First of all I would like to say that I don't agree with the fact that Invisible is labeled as Symphonic Prog.The term Jazz fusion would suite them much better.I think that this is important because this may confuse newcomers to the band (especially not spanish speakers)
This is the third and last album by this trio , who has now become a quartet due to the inclusion of guitar virtuoso Tomas Gubitsch.When listening to Spinetta's albums lyrics are a very important aspect so probably non spanish speakers won't be able to appreciate this at first , specially with this album that manages to build a very prominent porteño feel (by the way porteños are the citizens of Buenos Aires).

That being said , the album is mainly a blend of rock , jazz and tango. You can appreciate that due to the work of guest mucisians like bandeonists Juan Jose Mosalini and Rodolfo Mederos.If I were asked about the album's standout tracks I would say that they are the opener El anillo del Capitan Beto , whose lyrics are about the loliness a common man who was a bus driver feels when he is put on a space voyage , reminding his relatives and little every day stuff that he misses so much.

The other standout tracks are Los libros de la buena memoria and the instrumental Alarma entre los Angeles.Lastly I'll add that this album is a landmark in argentinian and latin american progressive music and deserves to be listened by every fan..............

After the break-up of Pescado Rabioso, Luis Alberto Spinetta formed a new trio together with two former Pappo's Blues members: Héctor Lorenzo (Pomo) on drums and Carlos Rufino (Machi) on bass. Invisible debuted with a series of shows at the Astral Theatre in Buenos Aires at the end of 1973. Spinetta's music at this time was turning more progressive and challenging.

Those concerts were terrific. While the trio was playing an instrumental piece called "Tema de Elmo Lesto" (Theme from Thean Noying), a large cube-headed figure would appear onstage to "annoy" the musicians. And while they were performing "Azafata del tren fantasma" (The stewardess of the Ghost Train), the surrealistic film Un chien Andalou (1928- by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí) would be projected onto a screen. Once again, Luis Alberto knew how to thrill his audiences!

In March 1974, Invisible entered the studio to record their debut LP. A single was released in advance: "Elementales leches" b/w the terrific wah-wah guitar number, "Estado de coma", reminiscent of Pescado Rabioso.

The first album surprised everybody. The cover showed drawings of genius Dutchman Mauritius Cornelius Escher (1898-1972). Although his drawings had already been used in the UK by Mott the Hoople and in the USA by Mandrake Memorial, this was something absolutely new for Argentina! Not only that, a bonus single was enclosed (in an envelope attached to the inner sleeve) with two new great songs: "La llave del Mandala" and "Lo que nos ocupa es esa abuela, la conciencia que regula el mundo".

All of the album tracks are also wonderful and hard to describe. Spinetta's guitar sounds as clear and powerful as it never would again. The arrangements and rhythms are complex and heretofore unheard of from a rock trio. If I had to choose my favourite, I would pick the two-part "El diluvio y la pasajera" for its beauty. A must-have album, one of my favourites of all time, and definitely one of the best from 1974. Absolutely recommended. Still, by the end of the year, Invisible released another good single that would close out this first production cycle.

For the next album, they signed up with a major label (CBS), which garnered more production and promotional support. "Durazno Sangrando" is a good, but more relaxed, progressive album. The title number was very popular and should have been released as a single. The lyrics, based on a book by Carl Jung, were very important as well.

During 1975, a Various Artists compilation record was released, entitled, "Rock Competition" (CBS 19445) - featuring Invisible's great version of the Tanguito classic "Amor de primavera". Also in 1975, young virtuoso electric guitarist Tommy Gubitsch joined the group. Now a quartet, Invisible released their third and very popular final album: "El jardín de los presentes". This LP had a lot of tango-influenced music and lyrics. There is some bandoneón playing on there; and the opening song, the much-remembered "El anillo del capitán Beto", tells the story of a sort of space city bus driver with the same nickname as that of the popular soccer player.

This attempt to fuse tango with rock music was a trend in those days due to the fact that revolutionary tango composer Astor Piazzolla was getting involved with rock musicians. (He later regretted this, claiming that rock performers did not like to practice to improve their playing!). Anyway, let us admit that Spinetta had already used a bandoneón in a song years before that: "Laura va", on Almendra's debut album. Another noteworthy track is "Niño condenado (Perdonado)", with its powerful King Crimson-influenced interlude. "El Jardín de los Presentes" - a very good album - was promoted with a big sold-out show.

However, by the end of the year (1976) the group split. Luis Alberto Spinetta pursued a solo career (sometimes under the name Spinetta-Jade) mostly in the jazz-rock and fusion territory. Pomo and Machi would play with different artists.

Invisible was undoubtedly one of the best groups to hail from Argentina. All albums have been reissued on vinyl (some editions of the debut LP lack the single) and on CD. The definitive edition of the first album on CD has all the singles included as bonus tracks....................

Line-up / Musicians

- Luis Alberto Spinetta / guitar and vocals
- Hector Lorenzo / drums
- Carlos Rufino / bass and backing vocals
- Tommy Gubitsch / lead guitar

Tracklist
1 El Anillo Del Capitán Beto
2 Los Libros De La Buena Memoria
3 Alarma Entre Los Ángeles
4 Que Ves El Cielo
5 Rudio De Magia
6 200 Años
7 Perdonado (Niño Condenado)
8 Las Golondrinas De Plaza De Mayo

Albums:
1974 Invisible (Talent SE-510) + (single Talent 4016)
1975 Durazno Sangrando (CBS 119467)
1976 El Jardin De Los Presentes (CBS 119590)

Singles:
1974 Elementales leches/Estado de coma (Talent 3959)
1974 Oso del sueño/Viejos ratones del tiempo (Talent 4067)





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