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Discography

  • Tema de Pototo/El mundo entre las manos - (1968) (single)
  • Hoy todo el hielo en la ciudad/Campos verdes - (1968) (single)
  • Hermano perro/Mestizo - (1970) (single)
  • Almendra - (1969)
  • Almendra 2 - (1970) (double album)
  • Muchacha ojos de papel - (1977) (compilation)
  • En Obras 1 - (1980)
  • En Obras 2 -  (1980)
  • El valle interior - (1980)
  • Almendra 68/70 -  (1999) (boxset)

 

 

Members in the album

  • Almendra - (1969)

LUIS ALBERTO SPINETTA - Guitar and vocals
EMILIO DEL GUERCIO - Bass and chorus

EDELMIRO MOLINARI - Guitar and chorus
RODOLFO GARCÍA - Drums
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Members in the album

  • Almendra 2 - (1970) (double album)

LUIS ALBERTO SPINETTA - Guitar, vocals and piano
EMILIO DEL GUERCIO - Bass, vocals, organ, piano and efects

EDELMIRO MOLINARI - Guitar, vocals and organ

RODOLFO GARCÍA - Drums, vocals and percussion

 

Members in the album

  • El valle interior - (1980)

ALBERTO SPINETTA - Guitar, vocals and choros

EMILIO DEL GUERCIO - Bass, vocals and chorus

EDELMIRO MOLINARI - Guitars

RODOLFO GARCÍA - Drums, vocals and percussion

 

 

The four members of the band were classmates at the Institute San Román. Almendra was born from the fusion of the bands Los Sbirros and Los Larkings (formed by classmates from different classes) in 1967. This group is considered part of an initial trilogy in the Argentine rock, together with Los Gatos and Manal.

Their first single, " Tema de Pototo/"El mundo entre las manos", was released in September 1968 and the immediate repercussion was due to their refined style, unusual vocal arrangements and their lyric poetry of the songs, which contrasted with the beat chorus of the moment .

Their first shows took place in Rosario and Córdoba, accompanied by Johnny Tedesco. «We were sent to play in clubs where people wanted to hear Los Iracundos or Jolly Land and we were dressed like hippies while the others were wearing suits and tie. (...) For us it was like breaking new ground in the minds of the people », says Del Guercio (E.Abalos, page 100).

1969 was their best moment, with countless live performances, among which the most standing were the summer season in Mar del Plata, the Festival de la Canción de Lima, Peru, and Festival Pinap, organized by the magazine with the same name. All this success led them to record their first LP ("Almendra", 1969) and , immediately after that , their second record, a double one, in 1970. This sudden repercussion brought them endless tours and shows, which wore out the relationship between the musicians. At the end of 1970, Almendra broke up. One of their last live shows was at B.A.Rock that year, before 10,000 people. «The life of Almendra was short but very intense -says Del Guercio - . It was quite brusque for the people, because when we broke up we were having more and more support from the public» (E.Abalos, page 102).

In December 1979 there was a new encounter. Due to producer Alberto Ohanián two shows were organized at Estadio de Obras (where alive album was recorded and filmed for a movie that was never released) and a national tour through the big cities of the country.

The specialized press criticized Almendra come back as "commercial".

Almendra had a second come back at the end of 1980, when they recorded "El valle interior" and presented it in Obras on December 7 and 8 as prolog to a national tour. Their presentation was at Festival de La Falda, on February 15 1981.

 

Information: www.rock.com.ar