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Download Andres Obras Incompletas (6 CD)

by Andres Calamaro
  • Release type: Compilation
  • Year: 2009
  • Tracks: 113
  • Duration: 380:44
  • Size, Mb: 492.17
  • Bitrate: MP3 192
  • Genre: Latin, International

Review

Perhaps surprising no one more than himself, the late 2000s found Andrés Calamaro widely regarded as the greatest living Spanish-language rock songwriter alive. Calamaro's entire career is as remarkable as it is convoluted. For starters, he managed a rare feat for a Spanish rock artist: he became a top star in his own country, Argentina, and Spain, as well as Latin America. A mind-boggling Phoenix, Calamaro has resurrected his career more times than anyone cares to remember, always coming back stronger than ever. His notorious drug abuse problems and celebrated rehabilitation aside, he has repeatedly compromised his industry reputation as a hitmaking machine by releasing scores of defiantly anti-commercial projects, such as the by-now mythical five-CD El Salmón -- allegedly the longest running studio album of previously unreleased material by a single artist in pop music history. This is a man whose recording output makes someone like Frank Zappa or Prince look restrained. True to form, Calamaro decided to celebrate ten years of typically hectic musical activity, from 1997's Alta Suciedad to 2007's El Palacio de las Flores, with the release of Andrés: Obras Incompletas, a mammoth six-CD/two-DVD compilation box set. The title alone, "Incomplete Works," gives away the set's main weakness: despite its exorbitant length (and consequent price tag), it is by no means an all-inclusive portrait of the artist. It leaves out a good 15 essential years of the Andrés Calamaro story, including his stints with the seminal and hugely popular bands los Abuelos de la Nada in the early '80s, and los Rodriguez in the early '90s, his first four solo albums (among these is 1989's Nadie Sale Vivo de Aquí, arguably his definitive masterpiece), and his first two collections of rarities. This is all the more regrettable considering that the deluxe box set treatment is unprecedented in Argentine rock history. When the first one finally comes along, six discs and all, it turns out to be considerably less than comprehensive. On the other hand, boasting sterling audio quality, glamorous Soviet-style artwork, and a 184-pages book with lyrics and comments for every track, the deluxe qualification is beyond doubt.

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