Locomotora ... CD Alba/Musica & Entretenimiento (Spain), 1974. New Copy ...
This cool Chilean group have a sound that few other folks can touch – a way of jamming out with some of the best longform fuzz and freak of the psychedelic generation, but also a way of peppering the tunes with some occasional elements that echo their South American Roots! Instrumentation includes the expected organ and guitar, but there's also some great use of flute that seems to open up currents between Chilean wood instruments of the past, and some of the jazzier and prog oriented use of the instrument of the present – especially as the instrument is stretched out over some nicely long tracks. Titles include "Locomotora", "Sandokan", "Piromano", "Tarteleta De Frutillas", and "Allegro Ma Non Troppo". CD
Viene ... CD Musica & Entretenimiento (Spain), 1972. New Copy ...
A Chilean group with a really wonderful sound – one that mixes familiar folksy guitar and flute with some larger string arrangements – in a style that's quite sublime, and which echoes strongly with the British acid folk generation! Lyrics are all in Spanish, but there's a timeless universality here that gets past any language barrier – an earthy feel that holds strongly throughout, and which unfolds with incredible beauty throughout the set. Titles include "Arrebol", "Mentes Prenadas De Amor", "Estrecha A Tu Hermano", "Fantastico", "Cosas Que Suceden", "Ecliptica", and "Tanto Parcelamiento". CD
Los Jaivas —
La Ventana ... CD IRT/Musica & Entretenimiento (Spain), 1971. New Copy ...
Traditional sounds of Chile start out the set, but the record soon leaps into the fray with freak and fuzz that's really wonderful – a psychedelic take on the sounds of the Andes, but with a vibe that's very much its own! You'll definitely hear some wood flutes in the mix, but this isn't the sleepier territory of the crossover groups of the 60s that peppered "international" record racks at the time – as Los Jaivas quickly plug in their guitars, amp up the drums, and go for plenty of distortion next to their lively vocals – which are often sung together in a very lively way! Titles include "Todos Juntos", "Mira Ninita", "Marcha Al Interior De Espiritu", "Ciclo Vital", "Pasillo Del Condor", and "Los Caminos Que Se Abren". CD
Los Mac's —
GG Session ... CD RCA/Musica & Entretenimiento (Spain), 1967. New Copy (reissue)...
Los Mac's hail from the Chilean scene of the 60s, but they're clearly influenced by the best sounds of the British Invasion – both in the way they chose their songs, and in the way they put them over! The sound is nice and lean – romping drums, catchy guitar, and some especially nice organ lines – the last of which often give the tunes their own particular flavors, as does the group's way of handling the English language lyrics of the tunes – often with a slight difference in inflection, which makes these versions nicely their own – as they take on tunes that include "If I Needed Someone", "She's Just My Style", "Bus Stop", "Lady Jane", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Mr Tambourine Man", "What Kind Of Feeling", "Guide Me To Your Life", and "I'm A Believer". CD
Los Mac's —
Go Go/22 ... CD RCA/Musica & Entretenimiento (Spain), 1966. New Copy ...
Los Mac's pack a heck of a lot into the space of this classic 60s album – 19 tracks in all, which is way more than you might get on a similar album from up in the US – as the cool Chilean group serve up a whole host of famous tracks in their own versions, all with crowd backing that show the audience really going wild for their music! The whole thing is more like a mid 60s rock and roll party at all, with the crowd responding to the group's lyrics and guitar work – on titles that include "I Got A Baby", "Wooly Bully", "Do You Wanna Dance", "The Way Watusi", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "My Baby Left Me", "Satisfaction", "I Could Easily Fall In Love With You", and "No Te Comprendo". CD
Los Vidrias Quebrados —
Fictions ... CD Musica & Entretenimiento (Spain), New Copy ...
One of the most striking groups we've heard from the Chilean scene of the late 60s – a quartet who have the groovy garagey sound of their contemporaries, but also manage a darker style overall! The lyrics are in English throughout – something the band always insisted on – but sung in a weird style, and they've got this stark quality that really goes with the skittish guitar on the tunes – played in ways that are a lot less derivative than some of the other South American combos of the period – with a freshness and economic use of psych that links Los Vidrios Quebrados much more strongly to the best London groups of the post-mod years. Tunes are all originals, and pretty darn great – and titles include "Concierto En La Menor Opus 3", "Palabras Y Palabras Y", "Las Dos Caras Del Amor", "En Tu Miranda", "Oscar Wilde", and "Ficciones". CD
Manduka ... CD IRT/Musica & Entretenimiento (Spain), 1972. New Copy ...
Soulful sounds from 70s Chile – and a record that easily rivals some of the best acoustic work from the post-Tropicalia generation in Brazil! Manduka's got a heady sound that's very much in keeping with his image on the cover – a freer sort of approach to the music than the decade before – with these long-flowing tracks that intertwine folksy elements and regional touches, but always with some slight undercurrent of jazz – almost at a level that rivals the acid folk of the UK scene of the same time, but with a definite deeper South American vibe. The vocals are sublime – extremely haunting, even beyong the boundary of language – and often recorded with some echo around them and the guitar, in a manner that recalls some of the best Geraldo Vandre material. Instrumentation includes some light backing on flute, bongos, acoustic guitar, and harmonica – often used in a gentle, watery sort of way. Completely sublime – one of those lost global gems you'll treasure for years – with titles that include "Entra Y Sale", "Naranjita", "Oiticumana", "De Un Extranjero", "Brasil 1500", and "Patria Amada Idolarada Salve Salve". CD
Panal ... CD IRT/Musica & Entretenimiento (Spain), 1973. New Copy ...
A great little group from early 70s Chile – a scene we know very little about, but which we're ready to dig a lot more, given the strength of this set! Panal have a style that's partly psych, partly hard rock – kind of the blend that was coming out of the Peruvian scene in the early 70s, but a bit more straightforward overall – lots of bold guitar bits wrapped up with Hammond lines, and occasionally a few Latin touches in percussion – so that some of the best cuts here have a cool Chicano Rock-styled groove. Most tracks have vocals, but the instrumentation clearly is the main focus here – taking off with a jamming groove that would have made some of the Bay Area scene up north take notice. Titles include "Limena", "Cucurrucucu Paloma", "Lamento Borincano", "Recuerdos De Ipacarai", "Paisajes De Catamarca", and "Si Somos Americanos". CD