Various Artists - Venezuela 70 Volume 2 (2xLP Vinyl)

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This is the second collection of music from Venezuela in the 1970s and beyond to be released on Soul Jazz Records. The album once again features innovative figures in the history of underground Venezuelan music, mostly unknown outside of their home country – their music a blending of progressive rock, jazz, experimental electronics and disco –created mainly in the 1970s – during a time when the country was both a cultural and economic powerhouse in Latin America.

While much of 1960s Venezuelan rock music emulated British and USA styles, and salsa dominated the dancefloors of Latin America, the 1970s saw the evolution of a new generation of creative local artists such as Vytas Brenner, Daniel Grau, Aldemaro Romero, Un Dos Tres Y Fuera who all explored the possibilities of mixing together rock with elements of electronica, funk, jazz, latin rhythms simultaneously exploring their links with Venezuelan roots music, creating a new sound which blended a multitude of new and old world influences, uniquely Venezuelan.

Most of these artists featured on Venezuela 70 remain practically unknown outside of Venezuela’s borders and yet their progressive forward-thinking music is some of the most sophisticated in the world – a stunning ‘melting pot’ mix of sounds from the cosmic and psychedelic rock of Vytas Brenner to the Moroder-esque disco experimentation of Daniel Grau, and the tropical funk of Un Dos Tres Y Fuera and beyond.

Aside from the relatively known Vytas Brenner and Daniel Grau, most of the music on this album is incredibly rare (even in Venezuela)! The album is released as heavy double gatefold vinyl with full colour inners, exclusive text on artwork, CD with slipcase and large booklet, and digital album.



This is an extraordinary compilation from Soul Jazz Records who really have dug deep into the Venezuelan crates for these 16 nuggets. A whole host of influences - US and British progressive and psychedelic guitar music, Afro-rock, Krautrock, Salsa & Tropicalia from across the border with Brazil, experimental synthesizer sounds, meditative vibes - are all here in one big delicious melting pot of exciting and creative talent. Hardly any of these acts were known beyond Venezuela and it's a real eye-opener into the calibre of the music being created there during the seventies. The sound quality is very good and the sequencing ensures that it all flows along beautifully. Despite the experimental nature of much of the music, it remains surprisingly accessible with plenty of tunes that demand repeat listens.

By: RJS



A1 Vytas Brenner - Agua Clara
A2 Daniel Grau - Dejando Volar El Pensamiento
A3 Un Dos Tres y Fuera - Elafica Negra En Tiempo De Siembra
A4 Orchestra Julian - Do It With Class
B1 Vytas Brenner - Gavilan
B2 Fernando Yvosky - Estoy Viviendo
B3 Daniel Grau - Delirio En Fa Menor
B4 Vytas Brenner - Mandingos
C1 Un Dos Tres y Fuera - Machu Picchu Dos (El Niño Anciano)
C2 Vytas Brenner - La Sabana
C3 Johnny Lamas - Noches En Caracas
C4 Aldemaro Romero y Su Onda Nueva - Moliendo Cafe
C5 Vytas Brenner - Morrocoy
D1 Daniel Grau - Voy Caminando Feliz
D2 Grupo Bota - Solos
D3 Vytas Brenner - Tragavenado
D4 La Cuarta Calle - Camino A Casa (On My Way Home)
D5 Aldemaro Romero y Su Onda Nueva - Una Por Una


Cosmic visions of a Latin american Earth. Venezuelan Experimental Rock in the 1970's and beyond.