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7 Aug 2016

Traffic Sound “Virgin” 1968 Peru Psych Rock










Traffic Sound “Virgin” 1968 Peru Psych Rock..masterpiece..!

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Peruvian Psychedelia

It’s not often one puts the words “Peru” and “psychedelic rock” together. However, during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, there was a band in Peru that sung English material and borrowed from the sounds of American and British psychedelic rock, such as Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix, Traffic and others. That band would be Traffic Sound, and their 1969 masterwork Virgin has been reissued on CD for a global audience. While Virgin is the group’s sophomore album, it is their first record of 100 percent original material: their debut, 1968’s A Bailar Go Go, was an all covers album featuring material from the Doors, Cream, Iron Butterfly and the Animals. In a sense, that makes Virgin the band’s first true album, and it is something to gush over. The opening title track, with its acoustic guitars and bongos delightfully trading off, is the kind of thing you can imagine Robert Pollard drooling over in his basement, and you can hear that it is a clear influence on the lighter, more whimsical fragmented tracks offered by classic-era Guided by Voices. “Virgin”, the song, is astounding, but it isn’t the only thing that Virgin, the album, has to offer.
There’s a nine-minute, three-part prog suite called “Yellow Sea Days” that is almost as equally remarkable, as well as a 35-second piece of backwards tape trickery that is ultimately loopy in “A Place In Time Call [sic] ‘You and Me’”—remember that English was probably not the band members’ first language. There’s also the pitch-perfect “Meshkalina”, both an ode to the Inca civilization and, well, drug use, that became something of an anthem in the group’s South American homeland. All in all, there is not one duff song to be found on Virgin, making it something of a lost, underground psych stroke of genius. Virgin is an unmitigated classic, especially more so when you learn that a fascist dictatorship was in power in Peru around the time of the making of this recording, and rock ‘n’ roll music was not exactly in vogue with the authorities. That music this good and powerful—overlooking the fact there is a song unfortunately titled “Jews Caboose” here—was made in the face of an authoritarian power is astonishing, and all the more reason to hear what psychedelica sounds like filtered through the Latin infused music of Traffic Sound. Virgin is simply an overlooked gem that fans of the era need to get their mitts on. …….

n January 1970, Traffic Sound’s first album, “Virgin” appeared on the market. It was the first Peruvian rock album with 100% original tunes. The album contains the hit single ‘Meshkalina’, a fusion of Latin rhythms, power rock and hippie lyrics; it also includes beautiful acoustic tracks: 'Virgin’, 'Simple’ and 'Last song,’ and progressive rock tracks like 'Yellow sea days’ and 'Jews caboose.’ The uniqueness of Traffic Sound made them very special – although influenced by bands like the Animals, Iron Butterfly, Jimi Hendrix Experience and Pink Floyd, they added their own original touches and created something new.

Meshkalina is the most popular peruvian rock song from the 70’…

This reissue is the first and only one done using the original master tapes, was remastered with tube amplifiers, and was manufactured under license from MAG Records. ……

Traffic Sound’s first collection of originals – as well as the band itself – retains its wider reputation for the most part due to its title track, which has been anthologized a variety of times. The entirety of Virgin, though, has more to recommend it than the sweetly anthemic charge of that song, a mix of acoustic guitar and drumming with a sweet piano break to boot. “Meshkalina” was more of a hit in Peru itself, and there’s no surprise as to why; with its energetic grooves, echoed breaks, and plenty of other touches, it’s somewhere between classic Yardbirds and Santana in inspiration as a bit of psych/funk style. Songs like “Tell the World I’m Alive” have the same general feeling as “Virgin,” the former having almost a glam-descend chord change and a similar world-weariness. Admittedly, “Simple” has a bit of a late Beatles feel to it, sounding like it was written by McCartney but maybe sung by Starr. The album’s longest song, “Yellow Sea Days: March 7th, 8th, 9th,” takes up almost a third of its length, and while it’s not exactly an equivalent of the U.K.’s Traffic straight up, the flute parts, tempo changes, and more help signal prog on the march as much as the buried, slightly strained vocals. “Jews Caboose,” with its woozy “You won’t feel the same tomorrow,” gets to have some full-on fun with psych tropes – not least thanks to some loud as heck fuzz guitar. ..by allmusic….

Inarguably an all-time classic of sixties psych. Peru’s Traffic Sound might not be the most famous band from the era, but those in the know, know. At long last we have a cd reissue of their second album, Virgin, a masterpiece recorded in 1969. It’s brought to us by the Repsychled label from their homeland, responsible also for that Tarkus reish we raved over a not long ago. And it’s about time. Maybe you saw our review last year of the Traffic Sound compilation Yellow Sea Years? It included only one track from this album (the hit single in Peru “Meshkalina”) for reasons we can’t fathom, except that you’d want the whole thing anyway, and here it is! Psychedelic pop/prog perfection, featuring both dreamy melodies and some freaked out, flutey jazz/krautrock sounding passages, including a dose of backwards weirdness and several tracks of acoustic beauty. They were contemporaneous with better-known American and British acts such as the Beatles, Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, and Love, and influenced by the likes of them no doubt. But on Virgin, Traffic Sound make the case for their own spaced-out, groovy, early-prog creativity. And in fact this was the first album by a Peruvian rock band to feature all-original compositions. As albums of the era from Latin America go, this is one of the essentials, particularily if you’ve been digging, say, Mexico’s La Revolucion De Emiliano Zapata, or any of those awesome psych titles from Brazil that we’ve seen lately…Repsychled has some interesting packaging notions, this is in a sort of under-sized cardboard digi-folder thing. It seems like each title we get from them is in some different, non-standard sleeve. In any case, for this official reissue they’ve gone to the master tapes and done a careful remastering job, and the cd booklet is packed with vintage photos and suchlike. ……

Repsychled Records has had the wonderful idea to make updated versions of some of their best-loved reissues. The first release in this new series will be Traffic Sound “Virgin.” In January 1970, Traffic Sounds second album, “Virgin” appeared on the market. It was the first Peruvian rock album with 100% original tunes. The album contains the hit single 'Meshkalina,’ a fusion of Latin rhythms, power rock and hippie lyrics; it also includes beautiful acoustic tracks: 'Virgin,’ 'Simple’ and 'Last song,’ and progressive rock tracks like 'Yellow sea days’ and 'Jews caboose.’
The uniqueness of Traffic Sound made them very special- although influenced by bands like the Animals, Iron Butterfly, Jimi Hendrix Experience and Pink Floyd, they added their own original touches and created something new. Tired of gossip and hearsay? You can read a real biography of Traffic Sound, told by the band members! This re-packaged reissue-now in jewel box-includes a 16-page booklet with lyrics, band biography, and unseen photos that didn’t appear in the previously issued “Deluxe Version” (repsychled cd 1004); it was created using the original master tapes, and was remastered very carefully with tube amplifiers.
Support this licensed issue: it has great unseen photos and sound remastered from the original mastered tapes. …….

Manuel Sanguinetti: lead vocals & percussion
Willy Barclay: lead guitar, rhythm guitar & vocals
Freddy Rizo Patrón: rhythm guitar, bass & vocals
Willy thorne: bass, organ, piano, 12 string acoustic guitar & vocals
Luis Nevares: drums, vibes, percussion & vocals
Jean Pierre Magnet: sax, clarinet, flute, percussion & vocals

Lead vocals on 'Simple’ by Willy Barclay
Piano on 'Virgin’ by Otto de Rojas
Timpani on 'Jews caboose’ and percussions on 'Mehkalina’ by Pablo Villanueva Branda (Melcochita)
Trumpet on 'Meshkalina’ by Tito Chicoma

Tracks:
01 Virgin ( I can’t regret you my friend )
02 Tell the world I’m alive
03 Yellow sea days- March 7th- March 8th- March 9th
04 Jews caboose
05 A place in time called “you & me”
06 Simple
07 Meshkalina
08 Last song


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