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13 Nov 2016

Telegraph Avenue “Telegraph Avenue” 1970 + “Volumen 2″ 1975 Peru Psych Blues Rock

Telegraph Ave 1971, Lima Perù.

Telegraph Avenue today

Telegraph Avenue “Telegraph Avenue” 1970 Peru Psych Rock first album
Something Going 4:35
Happy 3:40
Sweet Whatever 2:40
Lauralie 4:00
Sungaligali 3:58
Let Me Start 4:00
Sometimes In Winter 5:30
Telegraph Avenue 3:45 
Telegraph Avenue  “Volumen 2″  1975 Peru Psych Rock second album
Rock Del Narigon
Tookic Tookic
Forget It
Rocking’ Rock
Crippled Joe

In July 1971, Telegraph Avenue’s debut album appeared on the market in Peru, and became the best selling rock record of the year. The time was right for Latin rock with psychedelic touches (a fact evident all over the Americas), and Telegraph Avenue delivered: guitars saturate the amplifiers, using natural distortion and feedbacks, with Latin bass lines, powerful drums and Latin flavored percussions filling all songs with the uniqueness of their sound. Their songs sometimes sound like Grand Funk’s early records, but others have vocal melodies more akin to a West Coast psych style. 

Later, when the band splits in late 1971, Walo the drummer form a band with two friend from Argentina, and Alex, that they called Tarkus, heavy rock psych.. a mix of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Almendra. 

Telegraph Avenue reformed in December of 1972, and the spent wrote new material throughout 1973 and 1974. Many of these new songs moved away from the band’s earlier Latin rock style towards faster and more aggressive songs; and yet at the same time, other new tunes were smooth and slow, influenced by folk music. 

The second Telegraph Avenue album was finally released in late February, 1975. Shortly after the release of the album, the band dissolved. Their second record would prove to be the last album of Peruvian rock released in the 1970’s–a military dictatorship essentially ended the music scene. ……. 

Bo Ichikawa: lead guitars, acoustic guitars, harmonic, xilophone and vocals. 
Alex Nathanson: bass, acoustic guitar, clavichord and vocals 
Walo Carrillo: drums, percussion, maracas, tambourine and vocals 
Chachi Lujan: acoustic guitars, bongo, congas and vocals 

Piano on ‘Happy’ by Bo Ichikawa. 
Piano on 'Lauralie’ by Alex Nathanson. 
Piano on 'Sometimes in winter’ by Chachy Lujan. 

One of the few Peruvian groups from the early 1970s to have had their material reissued in the U.S., Telegraph Avenue were formed in 1970 after lead guitarist Bo Ichikawa had been exposed to hippie music and culture following a six-month stay in San Francisco. Singing in English, Telegraph Avenue were an average if competent amalgam of various strands of rock circa 1970 – The Beatles, Californian psychedelia and soul-rock. They had a lighter and poppier feel than the heavy rock predominating in Northern Hemisphere bands in the early '70s, possibly because bands from South America tended to sound a little behind the trends due to their relative isolation from most of the rock world. Occasionally they incorporated Latin percussion, but the Peruvian and South American feel was never so audible to make average listeners automatically suspect that the music was South American in origin. They put out an album in 1971 and their second, final LP in 1975, and their material was reissued on CD in the States by Lazarus Audio Products in the late 1990s… Richie Unterberger…. 

In 1970, Telegraph Avenue were formed after lead guitarist Bo Ichikawa returned to Peru, after having stayed half a year in San Francisco, where he had been exposed to the vivid local hippie rock culture. On his return he assembled all kinds of American influences, in a very convincing powerful way, with songs in English, but with ideas for arrangements which were more typical for the best Peruvian bands from those days. The full arrangements are incredibly contrasting. Nowadays it would be hard to find any other example of so many arrangements without any overlapping or blurring note, which is a combination of basically bass, acoustic guitars, drums, vocals and vocal harmonies with lots of rather exotic percussion. It is because there were two percussionists in the band. The first percussionist is Walo Carrilo (drums, percussion, maracas, tambourine), who, before Telegraph Avenue, had been a bandleader from Los Holy’s. This previous, mostly instrumental group had been the earliest movement towards psychedelia in the mid ‘60s. They made one album called “Sueno Sicodélico”, in a conceptual psychpop style, as well as several singles. The additional percussionist is called Chachi Lujan (acoustic guitar, bongos, piano). The final member is the bass player Alex Nathanson (who also plays acoustic guitar, clavichord, piano). The styles of the songs are very varied, have bluesrock, Californian feelings, influences of soulrock and sixties flavoured styles. The “psychedelic” element is rather unique and can only be heard in the top Peruvian bands. ……. 

Telegraph Avenue (MAG 1971) 
Telegraph Avenue Vol.2 (MAG 1975) 
Telegraph Avenue III (2011) 

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