Moris – Ciudad de Guitarras Callejeras (1974)
Moris’s reputation is mostly based on his participation in the early days of the Argentine rock movement, however, there is no reason to underestimate this fantastic composer, owner of a powerful voice. His amazing lyrics of social and political nature always guided his not as extensive production. Now considered a living legend among many other major artists, we’ll start by its second album, the mythical 30 Minutos de Vida will be left for later, as well as the famous El Oso and Ayer Nomás themes. Welcome to the world of the Elvis Porteño (only in rock n’ roll attitude)!
Let’s go to our history:
Mauricio Birabent born in 9 November 1942, is an undisputed hero from the genesis of Argentine Rock, better known as Moris, an original inhabitant of the legendary Cueva before the first rockers began to meet there. In 1966 Los Beatniks was born in Villa Gesell, Buenos Aires; after a few months playing at Juan Sebastián Bar they recorded in August what is considered the first single of Argentine Rock: Rebelde
To promote the song, the band rented a truck and performed live on the streets of Buenos Aires, something unusual for the time! Soon after, by the lack of attention they received, the group disbanded and groups like Manal and La Barra de Chocolate arise. In the same year, he starts his solo career. By 1967, Moris was in TNT studios while Los Gatos were recording, in one of the intervals, he manages to record a couple of tracks, those tapes would serve for the basis of their first album which is published two years later by Mandioca label: 30 Minutos de Vida.
With appearances from Pappo and Claudio Gabis, this was an eclectic album that blended the music he loved best, tango, rock, blues, and jazz. (!)
By the end of 1973, Moris published a book of photos, poems and lyrics called Ahora Mismo, subsequently, Talent label reissued his Lp with an extra cut (Juan, El Noble Caballero) and a different fold-out cover. Ciudad de Guitarras Callejeras, was released the following year. For this second album, released in July 1974, Litto Nebbia and Ciro Fogliatta were attended, it contained a theme that later would become a classic: Mi Querido Amigo Pipo, dedicated to journalist Pipo Lernoud. On 13 and 14 September, 1974 Moris starts the official presentation of the Lp in the Astral theater, with Beto Satragni (bass) and Ricardo Santillan (drums).
The lack of work, continuity, and fundamentally social and political unrest that Argentina lives in 1975 motivates him to migrate to Spain, where he and Aquelarre demonstrate that it was possible to sing rock in Spanish. Consolidated there, he edits Enrocate and Fiebre de Vivir with which obtained great success.
Briefly, in April 1980, Moris returns to Argentina to present his album and performs three concerts at Obras Stadium. Returning to Spain, Modern World is released.
Moris returned again on March 21, 1981, to perform and record a live album called Las Obras de Moris. After a few albums released throughout the 80s, his career slowed down, with collections and some unpublished material during the 90s and 2000s. Recently, alongside his son Antonio Birabent, they filled the Auditorium Theatre of Mar del Plata, to release a collaborative album: Familia Canción.
With ten new songs, composed and written by both.
Let’s go to our album:
This was his first album for RCA, who was very reluctant to sign Moris for his constant outbursts but was convinced by Lito Nebbia who also helped Birabent playing bass on most of the disc. Litto was just one of the figures in this album, which also includes another ex-gato, Ciro Fogliatta in piano and Rodolfo Alchourrón in its ubiquitous string arrangements. This is perhaps his most well-produced album, properly dressed as instrumental, more rock and less bleak and raging that previous 30 Minutos de Vida.
The ‘IM’ highlights are Rock de Campana, a basic rock n’ roll to envy the most conservative, simply straightforward, with a tight band and beautiful chorus, with lyrics that honor the town of Campana. And El Mendigo de Dock Sud, with a gloomy start, the song develops in a melancholy and exciting way, Moris tells the story of a beggar, his past and secrets over the creek; with lovely harmonies, high-pitch backing vocals and one of the most beautiful endings that have hitherto been presented so far!
Un disco bien porteño de nuestro juglar urbano, राम्रो यात्रा!
A1 Mi Querido Amigo Pipo
A2 Rock de Campana
A3 Muchacho Del Taller Y La Oficina
B1 El Mendigo de Dock Sud
B2 Tengo 40 Millones
B3 A Veces Estoy Cansado
B4 Cabalgando Por El Campo
B5 Si Te Tocaran El Timbre
B6 De Aquí Adonde Iré
RCA Vik – LZ1264
Guitar, Vocals – Moris
Piano – Ciro Fogliatta / Daniel Russo (De Aquí Adonde Iré)
Drums – Ricardo Santillán
Bass – Daniel Russo / Litto Nebbia (De Aquí Adonde Iré)
Chorus – Victor Gomez, Rubén Parra, Moris
Drums – Corre López (Si Te Tocaran El Timbre, A Veces Estoy Cansado)
Bass – Ricardo Jelicie (Idem)
Tumbadora – Lalo Fransen
Arrangements – Moris
String Arrangement – Rodolfo Alchourrón
Produced by – Horacio ‘Gordo’ Martinez