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The Greatest Songs Ever: Chile

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Why, considering the ease Petrol Records has with repeating artists on the other albums of their Greatest Songs Ever series, Violeta Parra only appears once is probably the most confusing thing about the Chilean part of the series (others being why neither of her children, Isabel and Angel Parra, both accomplished and talented musicians in their own right, aren't included; why Victor Jara -- probably the one Chilean artist that foreigners could name most easily -- is missing from the collection; and why there is no musical version of a Pablo Neruda poem, something that happens with enough frequency that it would seem to belong on an album such as this). Not that the music on Greatest Songs Ever: Chile is bad; it's not -- there's a lot of Andean folk as well as more modern, Latin poppy kind of things -- it's just that it's not the best representation of what the country has to offer.

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