Almendra

Short biography of Almendra: [i]Almendra[/i] ("Almond") was one of the most important rock and roll groups from Buenos Aires, Argentina in the late 1960s. Originally called [i]The Beatniks[/i], it was born out of a fusion of two high schools bands, [i]Los Sbirros[/i] and [i]Los Larkins[/i]. Led by guitarist and lyricist [a1006851], between 1968 and 1971 Almendra released a few singles and two albums 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 respected by critics and audiences.

By 1967 the formation that would become Almendra, [a=Rodolfo Garcia] (Drums), [a=Luis Alberto Spinetta] (Vocals), Santiago Novoa (Keyboards), [a=Emilio del Guercio] (Bass) and [a=Edelmiro Molinari] (Guitar) was ready, but Rodolfo was drafted into military service and the band sat out for the rest of the year. During that time [a=Tanguito]'s [i]La Balsa[/i], played by [i][a=Los Gatos][/i], became a massive hit, paving the way for Argentine Rock. The same year, upon hearing the news of the death of a friend, Spientta composed [i]Tema de Pototo[/i], song which would later spearhead the group's ascend to fame. Eventually he would learn that his friend wasn't dead.

On march 68 Spinetta bought a guitar and the band rigorous practice sessions, prompting Novoa to leave the band. They would later change go through different names, ultimately landing on Almendra.

In 1968, upon being noticed by a Talent chaser Almendra would release their first single, [b]Tema de Pototo / El Mundo Entre las Manos[/b]. Their second live show at [i]Teatro del Globo[/i] was recorded and released on 2004 by [i]Pagina12[/i]
In 1969 the group would release [b] Hoy Todo Hielo La Ciudad / Campos Verdes [/b] and [b]Tema de Pototo / Final[/b]. "Final" was meant to be the closing song of Almendra, but it didn't due to time constraints on the LP.

In 1970 they would release their first album, [b]Almendra[/b]. The album would receive mixed reviews, which would later cause Spinetta to distrust the media. However, the album sold well and put the group amongst the first of the nation-
Spinetta attempted to compose an Opera Rock Album with most of the big players of the era, however the project failed due to the group's abandonment of the rigorous practice sessions. This would be the beginning of the end for the group as the members would start to disagree on some topics. That same year they would release another self-tittled album, which would be known as [b]Almendra II[/b]. Soon after the band broke up, at the zenith of their fame. However, Edelmiro pointed out during an interview, "[i]Almendra no se divide, se multiplica[/i]" (Almendra does not divide, it multiplies).

Each member would form a band of their own. Spinetta tried to start a group called [i]Torax[/i] with Molinari, however, it failed and he traveled to Europe and composed a soloist album, to return later and form [a=Pescado Rabioso]. Meanwhile Molinari would start [i][a=Color Humano][/i] and Emilio Del Guercio and Rodolfo Garcia created [i][a=Aquelarre][/i].

Almendra would reunite on 1979 and play on various shows, the unexpected appeal of the band led them to continue together. They released the live Albums [b]Almendra en Obras I and II[/b] independently and would release their third album, [b]El Valle Interior[/b] . However the group would break up again due to differences between Spinetta and Del Guercio.

On 2004 Magazine Pagina/12 released an Almendra 2 CD special containing [b]Almendra en Obras I y II[/b] and [b]Almendra En Vivo en Treatro del Globo[/b]

Almendra would have one last reunion in 2009 when Spinetta gathered all the bands borne of Almendra's separation in his legendary concert Spinetta y las Bandas Eternas ("Spinetta and the Eternal Bands")

Also on the Web you may find Almendra by links below:
  1. http://www.myspace.com/almendra1969
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# Album cover Album title Tracks amount Download album in mp3? Official release date Production label
1 Almendra (Cronología) 20
mp3, CD
1992 BMG Argentina
2 Almendra - Almendra En Obras/1 Almendra En Obras/1 7
mp3, CD
1980 Almendra Editora
3 Almendra - Almendra II Almendra II 21
mp3, CD
2008-09-29 Sony Music
4 Almendra - Almendra II Almendra II 21
mp3, CD
1970 RCA Vik
5 Almendra - Almendra En Obras/2 Almendra En Obras/2 6
mp3, CD
1980 Almendra Editora
6 Almendra - Muchacha Ojos De Papel Muchacha Ojos De Papel 12
mp3, CD
1980 RCA Victor
7 Almendra - Intrincado Alquimia Intrincado Alquimia 8
mp3, CD
Agradecido Discos
8 Almendra 9
mp3, CD
2008
9 Almendra - Almendra Almendra 9
mp3, CD
2005
10 Almendra - Almendra II Almendra II 21
mp3, CD
1996 RCA Vik
11 Almendra - Almendra Almendra 9
mp3, CD
1969 RCA Vik
12 Almendra - En Obras I Y II - En Vivo En Treatro Del Globo En Obras I Y II - En Vivo En Treatro Del Globo 29
mp3, CD
2004 Página/12
13 Almendra - Almendra II (Cronología 2) Almendra II (Cronología 2) 17
mp3, CD
1992 BMG
14 Almendra - En Obras I y II En Obras I y II 13
mp3, CD
1995
15 Almendra 20
mp3, CD
1999 BMG Argentina
16 Almendra - Muchacha (Ojos De Papel) Muchacha (Ojos De Papel) 2
mp3, CD
1970 RCA Vik
17 Almendra - Hoy Todo El Hielo En La Ciudad Hoy Todo El Hielo En La Ciudad 2
mp3, CD
1969 Vik
18 Almendra - Almendra Almendra 9
mp3, CD
RCA/Ariola
19 Almendra - Tema De Pototo (Para Saber Lo Que Es La Soledad) Tema De Pototo (Para Saber Lo Que Es La Soledad) 2
mp3, CD
1968 Vik
20 Almendra - Hermano Perro Hermano Perro 2
mp3, CD
1970 RCA Vik
21 Tema De Pototo (Para Saber Lo Que Es La Soledad) 2
mp3, CD
1969 RCA Vik

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