Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Ana y Jaime - Es Largo El Camino (1968)




Ana y Jaime - Es Largo El Camino (1968)

"Colombian youngsters Ana y Jaime were only 15 and 17 years old when recording most of the songs on this CD, in the very late sixties. You won't believe that when you hear the music. There's something for any '60s lover here -- the psychedelic fuzz dancer 'Es largo el camino,' the protest folk of 'Dire a mi gente' or 'Ricardo Semillas,' orchestrated '60s pop on 'Este viento,' some cool organ-drenched '60s pop, more dirty fuzz on 'Nina Nana' and 'Jerusalem' -- all in all a surprising and refreshing '60s nugget from South America which we're sure you will enjoy."

El Disco El Cultura Records has changed my life with this gem-encrusted reissue of Colombian brother-sister duo, Ana y Jaime (González), although I'm still struggling to accept the fact that the precocious siblings were only 15 and 17 years old when they started recording the album. The record is full of sophisticated messages and intricate arrangements. It quenches a wide range of thirsts, from pop-inspired folk-rock, like "Hombre Formal," to satisfying harmonies meshing with a circus of reeling organ sounds. Throughout, fuzzy, echoed vocals hover over traditional Latin American rhythms. And haven't you always wondered what a cumbia-inspired song would sound like on a Rhodes?

Sung all in Spanish, Ana y Jaime are equally triumphant in the lyrical department, whether it's an ardent folk song pleading a political protest or a psychedelic rock song that offers the wisdom of an old man; and Ana really gets me with her gentle crooning of "gente, gente" when she and her brother interpret Manuel Larroche's "Café y Petróleo," a song about Columbia and Venezuela's similar economical situations in the 1960s. Plus, I am only further baffled by the speed at which they sing in unison on "Nina Nana." And after listening to Es Largo el Camino several times, I must qualify Ana y Jaime's title: the road may be long, but it doesn't seem so tough while this record's around.

Carrie Pierce, Other Music, NYC

1. Cafe y Petroleo (3:05)
2. Dire a Mi Gente (2:10)
3. Es Largo El Camino (2:15)
4. A Desalambrar (3:01)
5. A Veces Quisiera Ser Ciego (2:53)
6. Nina Nana (3:21)
7. Jerusalem (3:02)
8. Este Viento (3:24)
9. Hombre Formal (3:20)
10. Dispersos (2:24)
11. A Las Seis (Cuantos Momentos) (3:43)
12. Dale Tu Mano Al Indio (2:34)
13. Ricardo Semillas (3:28)

Ana y Jaime - Es Largo El Camino (1968)

12 comments :

Jarin said...

Amazing..thank you!

Diego said...

GREAT ALBUM! I LOVE THIS ONE!

dweller said...

got to check this out after reading the description - thanks

Cyndi said...

I'm amazed! I didn't think anyone outside of Colombia (or at least Latin America)knew about these wonderful two and their music! Guess I was wrong. How on earth did you find out about it??

Anonymous said...

jerusalem is just too good to be true...

thanks!!!

André Gamma said...

eu sou brasileiro(Brazil), poderiam postar novamente o download Ana y Jaime?? Está com problema o download!

tank you
andre gamma

Anonymous said...

a fresh breeze of beautiful, pure, exstatic colombian stuff...

great!!!

thanks

danette said...

hola!!! i am colombian and my father had this album years ago...i can't get through the link..can you help me? great music posts...felicidades!!!

rrika said...

Please reupload this outstanding album!!! I'd like to know how did you get this album on CD... I only knew an "Ana y Jaime" greatest hits album on CD... Although this is the original album (their first) mixed with some songs of their second album "ESTE VIENTO". I have both on LP. If you reupload, I promise you to record both, and upload them on Megaupload!!!!!
P.S.: "El disco es cultura" is not a record label.

Anonymous said...

Hola a todos los fans de Ana y Jaime. Los quiero invitar a que nos acompanen el 22 de Octubre, 2008 en Miami, a ver a ANA & JAIME en concierto en el teatro Gusman Center Downtown Miami, 174 E Flagler Street, Miami, Fl, 33131. Boletas disponibles por ticketmaster.com, taquilas del teatro, y en el baar MACONDO en South Bech. Boletas $60 y $40 dolares. Mas informacion www.thecreativemotel.com, o Gustavo Cell 954.249.3965, 24 Horas. Te esperamos

freebird said...

I just saw them in Miami last night. It was the most amazing show. They played all their classic songs. I appreciate finding this page that respects good music from a great era and an incredible duo...

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I love this one and listen to it all the time.

No quiero ver al niño limpiabotas, que se queda dormido en el banco de una plaza...