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ARTIST
TITLE
Embrujo
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
SHAD 129CD SHAD 129CD
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RELEASE DATE
3/1/2011

The band Kissing Spell changed their name to Embrujo in early 1970 due to the political climate in Chile and conditions being less than ideal for a band with an English name. "Embrujo" is Spanish for "spell" or "bewitched," and their album came out on Arena Records in 1971. This record sits among the great albums from Chilean bands such as Blops, Aguaturbia, Los Jaivas and Escombros, with beautiful compositions and instrumentation, strong vocals and poetic lyrics, and is quite possibly one of the best albums in South American history. Chile seemed to be a breeding ground for extraordinary, heartfelt pop and underground music. What a shame that during the period between 1973-1990 the Pinochet dictatorship made it difficult for so many promising bands to find work. We are missing a lot of great future albums by those bands.