Overview: An institution in its native Peru, the progressive rock group Fr??gil has had little impact internationally. This live album recorded in December 1999 provides an excellent occasion to lend an ear and be charmed. Sorpresa del Tiempo features the quintet accompanied by a 27-piece philharmonic orchestra. The first two-thirds of the CD consist of a quasi-integral performance of the group's classic 1981 LP, Avenida Larco, a rock symphony. The reissue of the album in South America in 1999 provided the impetus for this concert. The remainder of the set consists of two songs from 1990's Serranio plus three new studio tracks. But the highlight truly is the Avenida Larco material. The audience sings along with Andr??s Dulude throughout, a testimony to the importance of that album in Peru's rock history -- and a major sympathy factor for the listener. The orchestra is used conservatively, generally only emphasizing the keyboard parts. Thankfully, it has been mixed with taste, the engineer striking a right balance among strings, horns, and Fr??gil's musicians. The music includes beautiful flute parts, good straightforward rock songs, and Genesis-like instrumental sections. Dulude is a first-rate singer with a good range and a lot of warmth. "Mundo Raro" and "El Caiman" make sparks fly -- the latter has a simple but unforgettable chorus, the kind you willfully sing along to with a smile across your face. Sadly, the new songs tucked at the end are not on par with what came before. "Sorpresa del Tiempo" makes a very nice ending, but "Caras" and "Fotograma" only signify that Fr??gil had passed its prime compositionally. Released by Musea and thus more widely available than the group's previous efforts, this album comes recommended, if only for the impressive live rendition of the Avenida Larco songs.
Credits: Andr??s Cuadros - Engineer, Mixing Andr??s Dulude - Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals Angel Irujo - Trumpet C??sar Bustamante - Bass Carla Loayza - Violin Cecilia Durand - Photography Claudio Male - Violin Ernesto Castro - Violin Espartaco Lavalle - Viola Fr??gil - Main Performer Frenando Geu - Violin Gabriel Alegria - Trumpet Javier Rodriguez - Violin Jonathan Cabrera - French Horn Jorge Durand - Drums, Percussion Jose Gerardo Zamora Jr - Violin Jose Luis Castillo - Viola Luis Conislla - Viola Manuel Bravo - Violin Marco Luccioni - Cello Mariela Castro - Photography Octavio Castillo - Flute, Keyboards Oliver Castillo - Editing, Mastering Paco Geu - French Horn Rafo Arbul?? - Mixing Ricardo Martinez - Oboe Sadiel Cuentas - Viola Simon Porter - Trumpet Suzanne Leon - Violin Urpi Carrasco - Violin Vladimir Guerra - Trombone
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