Almendra

Profile:
Almendra ("Almond") was one of the most important rock and roll groups from Buenos Aires, Argentina in the late 1960s. Originally called The Beatniks, it was born out of a fusion of two high schools bands, Los Sbirros and Los Larkins. Led by guitarist and lyricist Luis Alberto Spinetta, between 1968 and 1971 Almendra released a few singles and two albums that revolutionized the sound of Argentine rock for the remainder of the 20th century.

By 1967 the formation that would become Almendra, Rodolfo Garcia (Drums), Luis Alberto Spinetta (Vocals), Santiago Novoa (Keyboards), Emilio Del Guercio (Bass) and Edelmiro Molinari (Guitar) was ready, but Rodolfo was drafted into military service and the band sat out for the rest of the year. During that time Tanguito's La Balsa, played by Los Gatos, became a massive hit, paving the way for Argentine Rock. The same year, upon hearing the news of the death of a friend, Spientta composed Tema de Pototo, song which would later spearhead the group's ascend to fame. Eventually he would learn that his friend wasn't dead.

On march 68 Spinetta bought a guitar and the band rigorous practice sessions, prompting Novoa to leave the band. They would later change go through different names, ultimately landing on Almendra.

In 1968, upon being noticed by a Talent chaser Almendra would release their first single, Tema de Pototo / El Mundo Entre las Manos. Their second live show at Teatro del Globo was recorded and released on 2004 by Pagina12
In 1969 the group would release Hoy Todo Hielo La Ciudad / Campos Verdes and Tema de Pototo / Final. "Final" was meant to be the closing song of Almendra, but wasn't due to time constraints on the LP.

Between 1969 and 1970 they recorded and released Almendra. The album received mixed reviews, which caused Spinetta to distrust the media.

Almendra was followed by an abortive attempt to compose an Opera Rock with most big players of the era, the project failed due to the group's abandonment of their rigorous practice sessions. This would be the beginning of the end for the group as the members began to disagree on what musical direction to take the band. That same year they released another self-tittled album, known as Almendra II. Soon after the band broke up, at the zenith of their fame. However, Edelmiro pointed out during an interview, "Almendra no se divide, se multiplica" (Almendra does not divide, it multiplies).

Each member would form a band of their own. Spinetta tried to start a group called Torax with Molinari, however, it failed and he traveled to Europe and composed a soloist album, to return later and form Pescado Rabioso. Meanwhile Molinari would start Color Humano and Emilio Del Guercio and Rodolfo Garcia Aquelarre.

Almendra would reunite on 1979 and play on various shows, the unexpected appeal of the band led them to release the live Albums Almendra en Obras I and II their third studio album, El Valle Interior in 1980. However the group broke up again due to differences between Spinetta and Del Guercio.

On 2004 Magazine Pagina/12 released an Almendra 2 CD special containing Almendra en Obras I y II and Almendra En Vivo en Treatro del Globo

Almendra would have one last reunion in 2009 when Spinetta he played with in the concert Spinetta y las Bandas Eternas ("Spinetta and the Eternal Bands")
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Albums

AZ8S-1160 Almendra - Almendra album art Almendra Almendra (Album, Comp) RCA Vik AZ8S-1160 Argentina 1969 Sell This Version
LZ-6001 Almendra - Almendra album art Almendra Almendra (Album) RCA Vik LZ-6001 Argentina 1970 Sell This Version
MP 912 Almendra - El Valle Interior album art Almendra El Valle Interior (Album) Almendra Editora MP 912 Argentina 1980 Sell This Version
ML-712 Almendra - Almendra En Obras album art Almendra Almendra En Obras (Album) Almendra Editora, Almendra Editora ML-712 Argentina 1980 Sell This Version
ALMENDRA002 Almendra - En Vivo En El Teatro Del Globo album art Almendra En Vivo En El Teatro Del Globo(CD, Album, Mono, Promo) Página/12 ALMENDRA002 Argentina 2004 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

31Z-1368 Almendra - Tema De Pototo (Para Saber Lo Que Es La Soledad) / El Mundo Entre Las Manos album art Almendra Tema De Pototo (Para Saber Lo Que Es La Soledad) / El Mundo Entre Las Manos (Single) Vik 31Z-1368 Argentina 1968 Sell This Version
31Z-1633 Almendra - Muchacha (Ojos De Papel) / Ana No Duerme album art Almendra Muchacha (Ojos De Papel) / Ana No Duerme (Single) RCA Vik 31Z-1633 Argentina 1969 Sell This Version
3ZE-3704 Almendra - Almendra album art Almendra Almendra (EP) Vik 3ZE-3704 Argentina 1969 Sell This Version
31Z-1413 Almendra - Hoy Todo El Hielo En La Ciudad album art Almendra Hoy Todo El Hielo En La Ciudad (Single) Vik 31Z-1413 Argentina 1969 Sell This Version
31Z-1813 Almendra - Hermano Perro album art Almendra Hermano Perro(7", Single, Promo) RCA Vik 31Z-1813 Argentina 1970 Sell This Version

Compilations

APG-1519 Almendra - Almendra album art Almendra Almendra (Comp) RCA Vik APG-1519 Argentina 1972 Sell This Version
AVS 4765 Almendra - Muchacha Ojos De Papel album art Almendra Muchacha Ojos De Papel (Comp) RCA Victor AVS 4765 Uruguay 1980 Sell This Version
TLP-30001 Almendra - Un Pajaro Te Sostiene album art Almendra Un Pajaro Te Sostiene(LP, Comp) RCA Victor TLP-30001 Argentina 1982 Sell This Version
TMS-30001 Almendra - UN PAJARO TE SOSTIENE album art Almendra UN PAJARO TE SOSTIENE(Cass, Comp) RCA TMS-30001 Argentina 1982 Sell This Version
TMS 40123 Almendra - Retrospectiva 1968-72 album art Almendra Retrospectiva 1968-72(Cass, Comp) RCA Victor TMS 40123 Argentina 1985 Sell This Version
74321 22133-2 Almendra - Un Pajaro Te Sostiene album art Almendra Un Pajaro Te Sostiene(CD, Comp) RCA 74321 22133-2 Argentina 1994 Sell This Version
74321 27558-2 Almendra - Almendra album art Almendra Almendra(CD, Comp) RCA, BMG Argentina 74321 27558-2 Argentina 1995 Sell This Version
61547-2 Almendra - Rca Club album art Almendra Rca Club(CD, Comp) BMG Argentina, RCA 61547-2 Argentina 1998 Sell This Version
74321 70285-2 Almendra - Almendra 68/70 album art Almendra Almendra 68/70 (Album, Comp) BMG Argentina 74321 70285-2 Argentina 1999 Sell This Version
74321 - 86707 - 2 Almendra - Rca Victor 100 Años album art Almendra Rca Victor 100 Años(CD, Comp) BMG Ariola Argentina S.A. 74321 - 86707 - 2 Argentina 2001 Sell This Version
74321 97898-2 Almendra - Mi Historia album art Almendra Mi Historia(CD, Comp) RCA, BMG Chile 74321 97898-2 Chile 2002 Sell This Version
8287 655447-2 Almendra - Inolvidables - 20 Grandes Exitos album art Almendra Inolvidables - 20 Grandes Exitos(CD, Comp, RM) RCA 8287 655447-2 Argentina 2003 Sell This Version
09 Almendra - S album art Luis Alberto Spinetta, Almendra, Pescado Rabioso, Invisible (9), Fito Páez Luis Alberto Spinetta, Almendra, Pescado Rabioso, Invisible (9), Fito Páez - S(CD, Comp, Dig) Clarin S! 09 Argentina 2008 Sell This Version
LZ-6001 Almendra - Almendra II album art Almendra Almendra II(2xCD, Comp, RE) RCA LZ-6001 Argentina Unknown Sell This Version
AD-0763 Almendra - Intrincado Alquimia album art Almendra Intrincado Alquimia(LP, Comp) Agradecido Discos AD-0763 Unknown Sell This Version