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Genre: Compilation / Artist: Various Artists / Import / Audio CD released at Import (Megaphon)

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      02.04.2010 21:14
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      Not up to scratch

      Back to Peru is yet another compilation of psychedelic garage music from the 60s, it's made up of 2 discs and split into 2 sides on each, my guess is the compilation was released on LP first time round although I don't know that for sure.

      All in all there must be about 50 tracks on this collection, had I not been rather aware of music in this genre then I'd be taken aback a bit by the fact there was so much psychedelic rock in Peru! At one point I actually had a Los Saicos album, the most famous Peruvian band of the genre, a band that pride themselves on having completely crazy vocals, there's a few gems amongst these tracks but much like any movement, it does seem that there are a lot of bands that jump on the bandwagon and a lot of the bands aren't as talented as you may hope for.

      The majority of the songs are sung in English and a lot of them are covers too, the guitars are tinny sounding and the quality of recording throughout but there is a certain charm about these raving mad Peruvians interpretation of 60s garage rock.

      Overall it's a very raw album and there's usually something a bit odd about the tracks, when the musicianship is spot on the vocals seem to be lacking - there's a couple of tracks with impressive surf rock sounds that tend to be destroyed by out of tune or high pitch squeals when it comes to vocals (the song Te Amo by Los Silvertons comes to mind)


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