Freddie Aguilar

Live! Global Tour, Vol. 1

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One of the Philippines' most respected music artists is singer/songwriter Freddie Aguilar, an important, seminal figure in the development of folk-rock in the Philippines in the 1970s. In 1997, he released Freddie Aguilar: Live! Global Tour, a three-volume set, which, according to the album's concept (as gleaned by the title and the photos of Aguilar's travel visas), was recorded at performances in various countries outside the Philippines. However, the album credits do not say in what cities or countries the songs were recorded, but early on volume one he tells the audience he's glad to be in Israel. Freddie Aguilar performs many of his popular songs, including his most famous, "Anak" (Child), also a hit in many other countries in the late '70s. His backing band is sharp and fluid and contains electric guitar, keyboards, drums, bass, and percussion; the piercing electric guitar solos make an indelible impression. The violin-like synthesizer sequence on "Maya" is dazzling. Freddie Aguilar's singular, depth-filled voice draws much empathy from listeners on the penetrating "Mindanao," which tells of the sadness brought by the many political problems in the country's southernmost group of islands, known collectively as Mindanao. The passionate "Kumusta Ka" (How Are You), a truly beautiful song, elicits much cheering from the crowd.