Sunday, 27 May 2018

Los Delfines "Estamos Seguros" 1969 Uruguay Garage Psych Rock


Los Delfines  "Estamos Seguros" 1969 Uruguay Garage Psych Rock
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In 1968, the dissolution of large Uruguayan groups such as Shakers, Mockers, Damned and Cats, left the way clear for the definitive consecration of The Dolphins within the beat in English. This group was one of the few that systematically improved its equipment (getting to buy Vox equipment in London), and that acquired an enviable level of professionalism. His presentations with the Modern Electronic Sextet were the preferred package for an important sector of middle class youth who used to dance every weekend at the “five star” circuit. The Sexteto’s “sweetened” proposal was complemented with the Dolphins hard-beat, who, in addition to their own songs in English, also performed good versions of English bands, such as “You really got me” by The Kinks. The vocal game (with the three solo voices of July, Coyo and Mario) and the instrumental cohesion of the band commanded from the battery of Chocho Vila (brother of Caio), were enriched harmonically at the end of 68 with the entrance of former Mocker Esteban Hirschfeld on keyboards. 
In 1969 they recorded “We are Safe”, their only LP; presented on August 16, 1969 at the Auditorio Sodre Studio. It was a revolutionary spectacle for the time, which featured lights, slides and slides, and the accompaniment of Julio Frade orchestras and the Sodre Symphony Orchestra. 
After a brief hiatus, and before most of its members emigrated, Los Delfines recorded a simple story in 1972: ‘Amigos sigue igual’ and 'With that voice’, two songs sung in Spanish that would become hymns of several generations thanks to the versions that the nickel group will make in 1990. 
The initial movement of Uruguayan rock had a date of death: December 1974. The institutional break imposed an adverse context, so the groups began to gradually dismember and a large number of its members emigrated to other countries…..


Los Delfines  are one of the great Uruguayan rock bands of the sixties. It began to take shape from “Los Cinco De La Costa” (1960) one of the first bands to play rock in Uruguay. It was something like a mix of The Beach Boys with the Teen Tops …Los Delfines  was the band with more years on the Uruguayan stages. And the only “big” band of the national rock, which did not emigrate to Buenos Aires in the 60`s … Its first simple was a great success that followed more … Until only in 1969 they recorded their first and only album: “Estamos Seguros” a great album already with “touches” of psychedelia, for which, to listen to them in a more “rocker” sound “” Garage “” Punky “or” Brit “is only possible through its simple ones. Despite not having recorded more lp`s, his songs appeared in compilations of bands … like Discodromo. In 1972 they released a simple that has truly become one of those simple ones that has the ability to delight us with its "dos caras”.“Con esa Voz” & “Amigo, Sigue Igual”, is a milestone (at least for me) regarding Rock in Uruguay. In my last talk with Esteban (keyboardist of the band, after leaving Los Mockers), he did not know how to answer the question about the existence or not of more recordings, unpublished recordings. Who without doubt has that answer is Jorge Abuchalja. It would not be at all strange that this was something real. 
I guess maybe a cover of Los Kinks or another type of recording, like some live recital, well known is that the recital in the SODRE was recorded, we consider those as an unpublished, I would rather refer to some study … Maybe the “VAULTS”, of the sounding or one of the members treasure something like this … 
Its great live sound, its equipment, everything was perfect for the band to perform like it did, the first level musicians, … and a lot of rehearsal! 
The Defines should not be forgotten, and we wait for their prompt edition on CD!





Credits 
Bass – Mario Aguerre 
Drums – Jorge “Chocho” Vila* 
Guitar – Jorge “Coyo” Abuchalja* 
Lead Guitar – Julio “July” Fontenla* 
Organ – Esteban Hirschfeld 
Vocals – Jorge “Coyo” Abuchalja*, Julio “July” Fontenla*


1-Jacinta 
2-Don`t Fear 
3-No Time To Live 
4-May I Madamme 
5-Look Without Seeing 
6-We Are Shure 
7-Everything 
8-It Never Stops 
9-Like Sunshine in the Rain 
10-Two Blind Mice 
11-La Red 

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