Alas - s/t. 1976 Argentina

Alas - s/t. 1976 EMI. Also released in Chile and Portugal

CD reissues: 1993 EMI; 1996 PRW (Brazil); 2007 EMI

Coming from Argentina, Alas displays their Italian heritage quite vividly. In many places, one can hear that distinct early 70s Italian prog interpretation of ELP (Triade, Metamorfosi, The Trip, etc...). In addition there's also a predominance of mid 70s jazz fusion dispersed about, so there are many long stretches of gratuitous soloing. And finally, there's a bit of avant-garde experimentalism sprinkled indiscriminately, including drum solos. I do think it's a worthy addition to any progressive rock collection, though I don't appear to be as high on it as my peers.

There are gatefold and single sleeve versions of the LP. My current copy is the PRW release, which was licensed from EMI Argentina. The first side is clearly taken from vinyl, whereas the second seems from master tapes. So unless the 2007 EMI release has found the masters, the sound will be suspect. Most original vinyl I've heard isn't much better either. Too bad really.

All the CD's do include a rare 45 single from 1975, and demonstrates Alas in more compact form.

2 comments:

  1. I've got the 2007 EMI issue. Sadly, the booklet contains no technical info on the reissue. I decided to have a good listen to the first track though, and while I think I can hear a few noises during the quiet passages, they're barely audible. So either I'm mistaken and they found the master tapes or they cleaned up the vinyl source meticulously for this issue.

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