"La Tierra del Olvido" would mark a further step in Vives’ desire to fusion rock,
In 1993, backed by the band “La Provincia”, Vives released the album “Clásicos de la Provincia” in which he started fusing Vallenato with rock,
Aigues Vives was founded in 1971 in Germany. The band was first influenced by the English progressive rock scene. After some changes they turned to folk instead. Late 1980-early 1981 they recorded their first album called “Water of Seasons”. The tracks of the LP have a fine Folk-Rock sound, with English vocals, and bit of improvisation with violin or flute to the guitars, which provide mood flavours. The dreaminess of the improvisations only provide a fine and enjoyable somewhat progressive folk sensibility to the songs. Their sole album was rare enough and until the excellent label Garden Of Delight gave it a recent reissue, AV was certainly a hidden gem of the 80's. And as a blessing, GOD also delivers some bonus tracks from their second never finished album.
Jordi Savall has brought us yet another treasure on his own Alia Vox label, this time a mixed bag of music by Reformation Era composers and a handful of slightly earlier works. It’s all taken from a concert program Savall gave last year under the aegis of “greatest hits of the court of Charles V”. The composers presented are mostly court musicians for that Holy Roman Emperor, but Josquin and Heinrich Isaac also are included, the latter as a nod to Charles’ grandfather, Maximilian I, who was responsible for getting Charles the crown. Savall combines his first-rate instrumental ensemble, updated to Hespèrion XXI, with his own vocal group, La Capella Reial de Catalunya. The results are captivating. Savall’s musicians are tops in the field, and their collective talents, constantly on display in this varied program, are simply a joy to hear.