Venezuela 70: Venezuelan Experimental Rock In The 1970's - Various Artists on Import 2LP
Cosmic Visions of a Latin American Earth!
Soul Jazz Records' new Venezuela 70 compilation is the first ever album of its kind to take a look at the groundbreaking experimental rock music made in Venezuela in the 1970s, during a time when the country was both a modern cultural and economic powerhouse in Latin America on account of wealth from its vast oil supplies. Venezuela lies at the northern part of South America, with neighboring Colombia to its west and Brazil to its south. The north coast borders the Caribbean.
Whilst much of '60s Venezuelan rock music emulated British and USA styles, the '70s saw the evolution of a new generation of creative artists such as Vytas Brenner, Angel Rada, Pablo Schneider and Miguel Angel Fuster, who all explored the possibilities of mixing together rock with elements of electronica, funk, jazz and Latin rhythms simultaneously exploring their links with Venezuelan roots music. These Venezuelan artists looked to the future while exploring their country's own musical heritage to create a new cultural identity.
Similarities can be drawn with then contemporary movements around the world, such as the Trópicalia and post-Trópicalia 1970s scene in Brazil of Os Mutantes, Novos Baianos, and Secos e Molhados. A similar parallel can be made in Europe with the experimental German groups of the '70s like Can, Amon Duul, Harmonia, and Neu who deconstructed and reconstructed the links between rock music and electronics to define a new German cultural identity.
Most of the artists featured on Venezuela 70 remain practically unknown outside of Venezuela's borders and yet their progressive, forward-thinking music is some of the most sophisticated in the world - a stunning ‘melting pot' mix of underground rock, synthetic electronics, funk, jazz and Latin American rhythms, all of which explored new sounds and broke down musical boundaries to create a distinct and unique Venezuelan music and cultural identity.