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Los Pacificos - Havana 67dotdotdot
artworkThis CD contains two instros. Los Pacificos (The Peacemakers) could have been imprisoned for playing, let alone recording outlawed rock'n'roll when this was recorded in 1967 in that bastion of freedom Havana, Cuba. The playing is often restrained, certainly because of the risks they were taking, but it's also worth noting they played borrowed equipment as well. Reputed to be the only known rock'n'roll recordings of a Cuban band from the period. This is all about the history.
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Track by Track Review


Improvised Rock dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Improvised Rock" is jammy thing built on the "Wipe Out" bass and drums. Likely just a warmup track, it's sometime pretty stiff, and there are numerous lead guitar errors. Still, it's history.

Dance On dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a straightforward take on The Shadows' "Dance On." The energy is low, but it's very likely the band needed to play at low volumes to avoid detection. The drums are cool, and the band seems like they are into it.