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11 Jun 2017

The Killers "Good Bye" 1972 Uruguay Psych Rock









The Killers "Good Bye" 1972  Uruguay Psych Rock



Sweetly compressed work from one of the greatest groups in Uruguay in the early 70s -- the totally great Killers, a combo we'd rank right up there with We All Together for sheer simple brilliance! The Killers have a sound that leans heavy on fuzzy guitars, but they've also got a sweetness that really shines through too -- a warmth that's a bit like some of the soft rock touches that were showing up in South American bands at the time -- but, as with the best of that scene, still rough enough to be compelling, and not nearly as smooth as mainstream American rock from the time. The tunes here are all in English, with many originals, and are done in a really compelling way -- skipping along with a bottom-heavy groove on a number of tracks, and compressing the guitars next to the vocals with a very groovy flanged-out kind of sound! The album title is telling here too -- as the record was the group's "Good Bye" to Uruguay before going into exile to avoid a repressive government................

High-class citizens of Montevideo, Los Killers hed two extremely valuable advantages for the limited local rock scene. First, they could afford expensive hi-tech gear. Second, they owned a vast record collection full of recent foreign editions -the ideal way to find hit covers for their shows. Their first single, released through Clave label, included a cover of the main theme from the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. Their second single was a cover of Bloodrock, something absolutely unusual at that time. Their only album (Goodbye) represents a turn of their politic of playing covers, since it only included two. The original songs, nevertheless, are very well composed, arranged and performed.Marcelo Cress is particularly good on guitar. The best songs are ''After nothing'' and ''Sing Along'', with extensive guitar solos. Like so many other bands of that time, the military coup of 1973 put their career to an end. They moved to Spain where they continued working for some years.Their charismatic drummer, Romancho Berro, returned to Uruguay by the middle of the 80s to become manager and promoter...............

Sweetly compressed work from one of the greatest groups in Uruguay in the early 70s -- the totally great Killers, a combo we'd rank right up there with We All Together for sheer simple brilliance! The Killers have a sound that leans heavy on fuzzy guitars, but they've also got a sweetness that really shines through too -- a warmth that's a bit like some of the soft rock touches that were showing up in South American bands at the time -- but, as with the best of that scene, still rough enough to be compelling, and not nearly as smooth as mainstream American rock from the time. The tunes here are all in English, with many originals, and are done in a really compelling way -- skipping along with a bottom-heavy groove on a number of tracks, and compressing the guitars next to the vocals with a very groovy flanged-out kind of sound! The album title is telling here too -- as the record was the group's "Good Bye" to Uruguay before going into exile to avoid a repressive government.
~ by: Jobasha........................

Great and still largely unknown psychedelic rock from Uruguay that sounds sometimes like Cream. Coming from one of the most exclusive and selected neighborhoods from Montevideo, The Killers began their music career by the late 60’s playing live gigs. Their high social level and therefore their relationships with foreigners and some diplomatic sons living in the country made it possible for them to instantly access most of the UK or USA late releases (something that some other Uruguayan musicians of the time couldn’t even dream of). That helped them to develop a sound highly influenced by the finest international tendencies of the moment. By 1970 they released their first PS single whose highlight is their version of Cream’s White Room, but it’s just in 1972 when they achieved to record their first and only LP “Good Bye” released by the independent label De La Planta. A well recorded and produced album, entirely sung in English, and highly West Coast influenced. Features superb fuzz leads, precise keyboards & drums job, and cool female backing vocals. All in all just incredibly good songs that should have deserved a wider audience at the time................

Members:
* Marcelo Berro (vocals, guitar),
* Romancho Berro (drums, vocals),
* Roberto Levy (guitar, keyboard, vocals, 1969-73),
* Julio Martínez (bass, vocals, 1969-73),
* Virginia Berro Villegas (vocals, 1969-73),
* Inés Berro Villegas (vocals, 1969-73),
* Eddie Güida (bass, 1967-68),
* Orlando Galo (guitar, 1967-68

Tracks:
01. Good Bye
02. Forever
03. Born to Wonder
04. Wondering How
05. After Nothing
06. Sing a Long
07. Reflections
08. Love the One You're With
09. I'll Get Used to It
10. Looking for a Change
11. Superstar [1970 bonus]
12. White Room [1970 bonus]
13. Woodstock [1971 bonus]
14. Love the One You're With [1972 bonus]
15. Breach of Lease [1972 bonus]

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