Neither Mexico nor Paraguay are in the Andes
lynn98109 | Seattle, WA USA | 03/21/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The blurb inside starts "The Aztec empire and its many highly developed subject populations ..." However, the Aztecs were in Mexico and northern Central America, and had nothing to do with either the Andes or this CD.
The music (at least the first dozen tracks) is basicly Paraguayan harp music transferred to quena and charrango. Even El Condor Pasa is done in that style. Some of the last 10 tracks I won't make any bets where they came from, altho it's possible some are from Bolivia, particularly eastern Bolivia.
I suspect this CD (no date, no author, no musician, no composer listed) is comprised of two unnamed LPs. However, the entire track list matches 'Los Caballeros / Flute Music Of The Andes' (2006) and also 'Los Craneos, Juan Campolargo Ensemble / Flute Music Of The Andes' (no date) - from Gracenote's database of CD tracklists (formerly cddb). My guess is the latter is more likely where it came from.
(If you add two seconds between each track, it will be "seen" as a different CD by cddb because the total length and length of each track are different.)
However, speaking as someone who has a collection of around 400 Andean CDs (admittedly leaning toward northern Ecuador), I wouldn't really call it Andean music. If you like it, try collecting some Paraguayan harp music."
Awesome Andean Music!
Maria Carolina Villaseca | Atlanta, GA | 03/17/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Growing up in Chile, the music of the Andes was always in the background. This collection of songs takes me home. You can feel the wind, the chill, hear the birds, imagine the rain in these songs. Fantastic CD. Highly recommended."