Dias de Blues (1972)
Beat Buenos Aries:
DANIEL BERTOLONE (lg,pia,v)
JORGE BARRAL (b,g,v)
JORGE GRAF (d)
After the break-up of Opus Alfa in 1972, the keyboard player returned to his job as sound engineer, the singer went solo and Bertolone, Barral and Graf formed the power trio Días de Blues. Live shows began immediately, endorsed by the excellent background reputations of the members. Their music, an absolutely wild and raw mixture of hyper electric drug-induced progressive blues with social -concerned lyrics, was influenced by Cream, Led Zeppelin and Cactus.
Their only LP, recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina, by the end of 1972, captures the roughness and vitality of their concerts like few groups ever managed to. Conceived inside the typical parameters of the time, the album is an indisputable representative sample of progressive hard rock. It is absolutely recommended to understand the acid-progressive rock of that time.
Daniel Bertolone -who couldn't afford a guitar of his own- plays the hell out of his solos and riffs. He got a sound that most guitar players only dreamed of in those days. Jorge Barral, strongly influenced by Jack Bruce in the vocal and instrumental parts, lends a global sound to the group with his strong melodic sense. On the other hand, Jorge Graf, an astonishing effective drummer, contributes with his constant accurate solid meter.
The psychedelic blues "Amasijando los blues", the acid rock "Están desubicados" and pro drug assertions like "Dame tu sonrisa, loco" ("Smile to me, dude'') are great examples of the band effectiveness. The strange psycho-folk of "Esto es nuestro" or the brutal energy discharged on "Toda tu vida", round up this great album of inspired compositions. A must have record!
Burdened by the political and economic problems that shook the country, the band split and its members emigrated to Germany (Graf), Spain (Barral) and Australia (Bertolone), where he finally could buy himself a guitar!
The album was released in Uruguay and Argentina (Trova XT80054) with different covers. Both editions are extremely rare, particularly the Uruguayan. Beware of European counterfeits (both on vinyl and CD). Surprisingly, in 1977 Clave released a rare LP with one side by Días de Blues and one side by Opus Alfa (!). (buy it)
Dias de Blues - Amasijande Los Blues