Canción Para Matar una Culebra

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Released in 1979, six years after their exile and residence in Italy, this disc is most famous for the title cut (the sixth track) and the closing anthem, "Samba Lando," although each track on the record is great in its own way. Inti-Illimani have changed remarkably little over the years, even through a myriad of (sometimes acrimonious) personnel changes, and persons who have only heard their 21st century output will be surprised at how much this sounds like it. The Andean folk basis of the music is slightly more in evidence, and the arrangements are more stripped down, but for the most part this is still a bouillabaisse of Latin styles sung earnestly and almost academically. The lyrics are politically engaged without being explicitly political. The two instrumentals gracefully merge impressionist harmony, classical elegance, and Chilean mountain tradition. Persons at all familiar with Latin culture will find it impossible to be bored by this album. Like all of Inti-Illimani's best work, this is intellectually engaging, mysterious, and moving.

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