Espiritu - Libre y Natural. 1976 Argentina
CD reissue: 1997 Microfon/Sony
Espiritu's second album is an intriguing mix of Relayer-era Yes blended with Argentine singer songwriter tendencies. Libre y Natural can be weighed down by the latter, especially as it drifts towards pop realms with whiny dramatic vocals, only to be reeled back with some fine Moog soloing, wicked bass, and odd rhythms. Not the best Argentina has to offer when it comes to progressive rock, but certainly worth the effort to hear on occasion.
I've had this album for many years in one form or another (currently the Sony/Microfon CD), but this is the first time I managed to get some notes down. And now I understand why - it's not an easy one to describe really. As noted above, I did once own the original, but moved it out to no regret. It wasn't in the best condition, nor is it a great pressing.