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Collection: Back To Peru - The Most Complete Compilation Of Peruvian Underground '64-74dotdotdotdot
artworkSeven psych surf soul instros with significant cool factors grace this CD of obscure material from Peru. Back To Peru - The Most Complete Compilation Of Peruvian Underground '64-74 is a fabulous glimpse into a vital musical period in Peru.
Picks: Los Comandos - Eleva Tu Mente, Golden Stars - Tela De Los Golden Stars, Los Holy's - Holy's Psicodelicos, Los Mutables - Pasos En La Luna, Pax - Exorcismo, Termits - Bailemos

Track by Track Review


Los Comandos - Eleva Tu Mente dotdotdotdot
Garage Psych (Instrumental)

A classic chord set wit whammy opens and bridges the fuzz monster that is "Eleva Tu Mente." This is garage psych at its peak, with a very psychedelic flute break. Edgy, echoed with tight reverb, and extremely period.

Golden Stars - Tela De Los Golden Stars dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Tela De Los Golden Stars" wants to be a Stax-Volt instro with pumping organ. It sure has the feeling, and it is quite satisfying. Part R&B, part rock, and even verging of psych at times in the way the guitar is played in the break.

Los Holy's - Holy's Psicodelicos dotdotdot
Rock Combo (Instrumental)

"Holy's Psicodelicos" shows a band heavily influenced by the Ventures and European melodies. The tune is melodic enough, and the delivery is very spirited, especially the drummer.

Los Mirlos - Sonido Amazunico
Psychedelic (Instrumental)

Wah-wah slither and modulated warble deliver a funky exotic instro with a Arabic melody and psychedelic swirl. "Sonido Amazunico" more an extended jam based around a cool riff and excellent percussion. Quite cool.

Los Mutables - Pasos En La Luna dotdotdotdot
Pop Psych (Instrumental)

A funky bass line and rhythm guitar, a pop psych fuzz lead, and a sense of the ballroom daze of '67. While not the most interesting pop psych instro, "Pasos En La Luna" sure is cool.

Pax - Exorcismo dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic (Instrumental)

"Exorcismo" has a Deodato sold rhythm and bass and drugged out jam sound, with a San Francisco feel. A few words are interspersed, but it's essentially a very well done sensual psychedelic soul jam.

Termits - Bailemos dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

The Shadows' classic "Dance On" is very garagy and boomy, but also sports some innovative muted second guitar patterns and more spunk than the familiar version. This a just too garage fun.