Jun 20, 2017

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Hello, a tropical heat day here and living downtown means a few extra degrees and less cool down in the night, sigh. Oh well solstice is upon us, just 3 months until autumn..who knows what we'll have to worry about then Mrs Merkel will surely defeat that opportunist Schmidt but if Trump is still in power..let's hope so, that is as long as his idiocy remains harmless.




Today's artist is one of his home country's most enduring national heroes. Though he is most treasured in Argentina, where his outspoken social consciousness and storied past as a fearless protest singer endeared him deeply to those who share his heritage, his appeal extends beyond his homeland: he performs to international audiences regularly and is often described in shorthand as "the Bob Dylan of Argentina."

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Leon Gieco was born on November 20, 1951 in Santa Fe Province, Argentina. At 6 years old, Gieco traveled with his family from the field to the village center due to economic problems. At age 8, Gieco bought his first guitar on credit, and soon began playing music at local events with his father's band. Throughout his childhood, Gieco played with local bands such as a folkloric group called Los Nocheros (The Night Watchers) and Los Moscos (The Flies), a rock band that gained some popularity within Argentina. In 1965, Gieco traveled to Bolivia as an exchange student. He studied music and played guitar at local festivities.

When Gieco turned 18, he went to Buenos Aires to become a full-time musician. There, he took guitar lessons from Gustavo Santaolalla, who introduced him to important people in the Buenos Aires musical community, such as Raúl Porchetto, Charly García, Nito Mestre, and María Rosa Yorio, members of the Argentine supergroup, Porsuigieco. Gieco was given the opportunity to perform in the Buenos Aires Rock Festival in 1971, 1972, and 1973. In 1973, he recorded his first album, "Leon Gieco" ( it was recorded independently with Santaolalla). "En el País de la Libertad" ("In the Country of Freedom"), a hit from his album, demonstrated Gieco's concern for change in Argentina, his concern for social justice.

In 1976 Gieco released El Fantasma de Canterville ("The Ghost of Canterville"). The record suffered a great deal of censorship from the military government forcing him to change the lyrics of 6 songs and remove 3 others altogether. Nevertheless, the record was a success, and he had concerts not only around Argentina, but also in other countries of South America. Two years later he released IV LP, with one of his most famous songs: "Sólo le pido a Dios" ("I only ask of God"). Due to the political situation in Argentina, Gieco moved to Los Angeles, California in 1978 for one year.

On December 20, 1979, the Argentine Minister of Education announced the closing of the National University of Lujan in Buenos Aires. Gieco participated in a protest against the closing by singing "La Cultura es la Sonrisa". His lyrics say, "(Culture) only cries in a country where people can't choose it/it only cries its sadness if a minister closes a school..."

In 1981 Gieco started a 3-year, 110,000-kilometre-long series of independent concerts all over Argentina, playing for a total of 420,000 people. He gathered material from the different places he visited during the tour, and recorded the first volume of De Ushuaia a La Quiaca ("From Ushuaia to La Quiaca" in Buenos Aires with various autochthonous musicians in 1985. The following De Ushuaia a La Quiaca 2 and De Ushuaia a La Quiaca 3 were recorded in a mobile studio in different locations of the country.

In 1985, Gieco went to Moscow for the 12th "World Youth and Students' Festival" alongside Juan Carlos Baglietto and Litto Nebbia, representing Argentina. In 1986 and 1987, he held concerts in Germany with his friend Mercedes Sosa, including that of Berlin's Political Song Festival.

Gieco returned to Argentina and performed free concerts, one for 40,000 spectators at the National Flag Memorial in Rosario, and the other for 35,000 people in Buenos Aires. At Boca Juniors' Stadium he had a concert with Pablo Milanés and Chico Buarque, and guest musicians Mercedes Sosa, Fito Páez, Nito Mestre, Juan Carlos Baglietto and Sixto Palavecino. At the end of the year he went on a world tour that included countries such as Mexico, Peru, Brasil, Sweden, Germany and Denmark.

In 1988, Gieco performed in Germany and Austria. Back in Argentina he participated in the final concert of the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour at River Plate Stadium, with Charly García, Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and others.

After eight years of touring, Semillas del corazón ("Seeds of the heart") marked his return to the studio in 1989. That same year he performed at the Teatro Ópera in Buenos Aires with United States folk legend Pete Seeger. The following year, Seeger asked him to join a tour that took him to Washington, D.C., Boston and New York City. There he played with David Byrne, whom he had met in Buenos Aires shortly before.

In 1992, he played with Milton Nascimento, Mercedes Sosa, Os Paralamas do Sucesso, Gilberto Gil and Rubén Rada at the inauguration of the Latin American Parliament in São Paulo. In 1997 he participated in the memorial concert for the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, with bands such as Divididos, La Renga, Los Piojos, and Attaque 77.

Gieco began his most recent national tour for social justice, Mundo Alas, in 2007. Argentine musicians, dancers, singers, and painters, all with disabilities, performed alongside Gieco, expressing their unique talents and communicating with audiences. He gave these artists the opportunity to live out their dreams as he does. Gieco created a documentary from the road tour which was produced in March, 2009. The film features rock music, folk music, and tango, along with Gieco's original hits.

During his stop in Buenos Aires on his 2013 Wrecking Ball World Tour, Bruce Springsteen filmed a video for a solo acoustic performance of "Sólo le Pido a Dios".

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Gieco is a special musician who, starting from rock bases, uses elements of fusion with the oldest and autochthonous rhythms of Argentina, obtaining a music that can not be imitated or compared. This commitment is musical and poetic. Accompanied by guitar and harmonica, tones beautiful melodies, many of which have had worldwide diffusion, as I only ask God. An almost soloist songwriter, who "paints his village" becoming universal, as there are few in the world. This album shows in full maturity in all aspects with songs worked, careful lyrics and impeccable performances. His country's musician, above all, is precisely what makes it different and attractive, at a time when music seems to be the same all over the world. Here we have a voice and poetry that maintains its autonomy and difference. Recommended for Latinos and all those who like to dive in new rhythms, treated well and with respect. In addition, there is something in these songs that inspires something like hope, faith, energy, breath ...



Leon Gieco - Mensajes del Alma (Soul messages) (flac  298mb)

01 Los Salieris De Charly 6:20
02 Gira Y Gira 4:40
03 Todos Los Días Un Poco 3:30
04 Haleluja 5:25
05 Del Mismo Barro 4:05
06 Mensajes Del Alma 5:25
07 Río Y Mar 4:40
08 Maestras De Jujuy 4:25
09 Cuándo Los Ángeles Viajan 5:30
10 Cinco Siglos Igual 4:05

Leon Gieco - Mensajes del Alma (Soul messages) (ogg  120mb)

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La Historia Esta (the history is) was released in 1998 by Leon's own label, Cañada Records, and the production was jointly produced by Gieco and the Página 12 newspaper. The album consists of seven volumes that compile recordings made by the musician over the years and that form part of his private collection. Most are live and unreleased recordings, or collaborations on albums by other artists



León Gieco - La Historia Esta (Vol. 1)   (flac  349mb)

01 Hombres de hierro (León Gieco) 4:53
En vivo, Acusticazo. Teatro Atlantic Buenos Aires. Junio de 1972.

02 La colina de la vida (León Gieco) 4:37
*En estudio en Alemania. Abril 1988. Del LP "Guantanamera", 1988.

03 Brazo de guitarra (Raul Ellwanger - Paulinho Tapajós) 3:05
*Demo. Tema nunca grabado oficialmente por León Gieco

04 Introducción al recital (Porsuigieco) 1:16
*PorSuiGieco. Grabado en vivo en Tandil, provincia de Buenos Aires, 1975.

05 Viejo, solo y borracho (León Gieco) 3:52
*PorSuiGieco. Grabado en vivo en Tandil, provincia de Buenos Aires, 1975.

06 El fantasma de Canterville (Charly García) 3:18
*PorSuiGieco. Grabado en vivo en Tandil, provincia de Buenos Aires, 1975.

07 Santafecino de veras (Miguel Brascó - Ariel Ramírez) 2:33
Del LP "Santa Fe en tu corazón", 1987

08 Todos los días un poco (León Gieco - Luis Gurevich) 3:48
con Coro Procanto. Del cassette "Una canción debida", 1995

09 Cantando al sur bajo la lluvia (Ariel Prat - Claudio Fernández) 4:50
con Ariel Prat. Del cassette "Y en esa otra ciudad", 1990

10 Sólo le pido a dios (León Gieco) 4:09
con David Byrne. En vivo en Nueva York, Estados Unidos. Octubre de 1990.

11 Río y mar (León Gieco - Luis Gurevich) 3:06
con Lolita Torres. Grabado en el programa televisivo Dale Loly.

12 Camino de llamas (León Gieco - Uña Ramos) 4:35
con Markama. En vivo. Teatro Astral, Buenos Aires, 1991.

13 Otros todos (Isabel Parra) 7:08
con Isabel Parra junto a Celeste Carballo y Piero. Del LP "Enlaces", 1987

14 En la frontera (Isabel Parra) 3:13
con Isabel y Ángel Parra. En vivo. Quito, Ecuador. Del CD "Todas la voces todas", 1997

15 Hasta estallar (Iván Noble) 4:17
con Los Caballeros de la Quema. Del CD "Perros, perros y perros", 1997

16 El que pierde la inocencia (León Gieco) 2:30
con Las Hermanas Vera. Del LP "Simplemente Hermanas Vera", 1987

17 El que queda solo (León Gieco) 2:28
En vivo en el festival Marchemos hacia las fronteras

18 La mamá de Jimmy (León Gieco) 5:03
En vivo en el festival Marche

 León Gieco - La Historia Esta (Vol. 1) (ogg   138mb)

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León Gieco - La Historia Esta (Vol. 2)   (flac  326mb)

01 Plegaria a un labrador (Víctor Jara - Patricio Castillo) 4:10
En estudios. Noviembre de 1997. Tema nunca grabado oficialmente por León Gieco

02 Cuando llegue el alba (Waldo Belloso - Abel Figueroa) 3:36
En estudios. Del CD "Homenaje a Jorge Cafrune", 1993

03 La filosófica (Elpidio Herrera) 2:31
con Elpidio Herrera. Del LP "El sonido del monte", 1993

04 Maturana (Manuel José Castilla - Gustavo Leguizamón) 4:21
En vivo, Nueva York, Estados Unidos, Octubre de 1990.

05 Cien caballos (Daniel Cañueto) 2:29
Grabado en vivo en Berlín, Alemania, Febrero de 1987. Tema nunca grabado oficialmente por León Gieco

06 Cola de amor (León Gieco) 3:12
Grabado en vivo en Berlín, Alemania, Febrero de 1987

07 La chicharra cantora (Solís Pizarro - Francisco Córdoba) [02:00]
Grabado en vivo en Berlín, Alemania, Febrero de 1987

08 Puentecito de mi río 3:14
(Buenaventura Luna - Antonio Tormo - Diego Canales)  con Antonio Tormo. Del CD "20 y 20", 1997

09 El canto del tero (Sixto Palavecino - Cacho Lobo) 1:44
con Sixto Palavecino. En estudios Sicamericana de Buenos Aires, 1984.

10 Chacarera del encuentro (Elpidio Herrera - Sixto Palavecino) 2:13
con Sixto Palavecino. En estudios Sicamericana de Buenos Aires, 1984.

11 Cambalache (Enrique Santos Discépolo) 3:33
En TV. Para el programa Siglo XX Cambalache, Telefe.

12 Guantanamera (León Gieco - Joseíto Fernández) 5:43
con Sonamos. Del CD "El sol nos reconoce", 1997

13 Bajo el sol de Bogotá (León Gieco - Luis Gurevich) 3:43
En vivo, Estadio Obras. Abril de 1981. Versión inédita

14 Soy un pobre agujero (León Gieco) 3:13
En vivo, Estadio Obras. Abril de 1981. Versión inédita

15 Casamiento de negros (Popular chilena - Anónimo - Violeta Parra) 3:31
con Milton Nascimiento. Concierto "Corazón Americano"

16 Por el camino perdido (León Gieco) 3:09
Ensayo en estudios. Abril de 1981. Versión inédita

17 Te recuerdo Amanda (Víctor Jara) 5:53
con Ivan Lins. En vivo en el Luna Park, Setiembre de 1984.

18 Somos cinco mil [Canto que mal me sabes] (Víctor Jara) 5:26
con Pete Seeger. En vivo. Teatro Opera, Buenos Aires, Agosto de 1989.

León Gieco - La Historia Esta (Vol. 2) (ogg  141mb)

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León Gieco - La Historia Esta (Vol. 3) (flac  344mb)

01 El rey lloró (Litto Nebbia) 3:04
Ensayo. En estudios. Abril de 1981. León Gieco

02 Maestras de Jujuy (León Gieco - Luis Gurevich) 3:42
Demo. Versión inédita

03 Romaria (Renato Texeira) 4:16
con Renato Texeira, Almir Sater y Zeze. En vivo. Versión inédita

04 Semillas del corazón (León Gieco - Gabriela Molinari) 3:57
En TV. Programa Badia & Compañía, Setiembre de 1988.

05 Barrio Golondrina (León Gieco) 2:46
En TV. Programa Badia & Compañía, Setiembre de 1988.

06 Río Paraná (Ricardo Iorio) 3:49
con Ricardo Iorio y Flavio Cianciarullo "Peso Argento", 1997

07 Gente necesaria (Hamlet Lima Quintana - Enrique Llopis) 2:46
con Enrique Llopis y Lalo de los Santos. Del LP "Santa Fe en tu corazón", 1987

08 Nuevo tiempo (Ivan Lins) 4:35
con Ivan Lins, Luis Alberto Spinetta y Pedro Aznar. En vivo en el Luna Park, Setiembre de 1984.

09 La lluvia de la ciudad (León Gieco - Gabriel Senanes) 5:36
con Gabriel Senanes. Del LP "Cartón lleno", 1987

10 Che, pibe (Raúl Porchetto) 2:59
con Raúl Porchetto. Del LP "Che pibe", 1982

11 Chacarera de un atardecer (León Gieco) 3:29
En vivo. Estadio Obras. Abril de 1981

12 El rancho e`la cambicha (Mario Millán Medina) 3:33
con Antonio Tormo. Del CD 20 y 20. 1997

13 La del sauce (Eduardo Haspert) 3:46
con Eduardo Haspert. Del cassette "Bailando a la luz de la luna" 1990

14 Bichitos de luz (María Eva Basterra Seoane - León Gieco) 4:31
En Estudios. Del CD "Ponele letra a los famosos" 1997

15 La cuca del hombre (Raul Ellwanger) 3:07
con Raúl Ellwanger. Del LP "La cuca del hombre", 1984

16 María del campo (León Gieco) 3:37
En vivo en Olavarría, Febrero de 1978. Versión inédita

17 Los chacareros de dragones (León Gieco) 2:10
En vivo en Olavarría, Febrero de 1978. Versión inédita

18 Cuando me muera quiero (León Gieco) 4:24
En vivo en Olavarría, Febrero de 1978. Versión inédita

León Gieco - La Historia Esta (Vol. 3) (ogg  143mb)

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