Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Beat Groups and early Psychedelic steps in 1960s Chile

A homemade compilation of some of the best efforts from the dawn of Chile`s Beat & Psychedelic scene....

Including rare tracks by Los Vidrios Quebrados and Los Mac's apart from a couple of songs from their mighty albums "Fictions" and "Kaleidoscope Men" rightly recognised as the best from 1960s Chile.
Also featured are The Apparition, Beat 4, some of the punkiest stuff from Los Jockers plus other curiosities...

In my opinion many of those that managed to record whole albums very often had left us with inconsistent records but not without some nice surprises. At times you wonder what could have been achieved given the right conditions, too often bands had to follow what the label/producer told them...silly covers...too little time to record etc

Los Vidrios Quebrados totally uncompromising attitude means that are virtually unknown in Chile but on the other hand their recorded legacy stands well above everyone else's.

Others like Apparition that only recorded a bunch of 45s if they're mentioned at all it's because of their guitarist Eduardo Gatti, later of Los Blops and a very well known musician in Chile to this day. Their two best sides are included.To those of you who read Spanish and wish to learn more about all these groups and others I strongly recommend a wonderful book "Se oyen los pasos" by Gonzalo Planet, a second edition was launched in December 2007 and for the occasion, Matorral, for whom Gonzalo plays bass, played the whole of "Fictions" with none other than original Vidrios Quebrados' vocalist Juan Mateo O'Brien!
"Fictions" had originally been released 40 years earlier...

Also thanks to the many great blogs on the net these days you can actually find a lot of the original albums that are not available on the market by Beat 4, Sicodelicos etc and you might agree or not with me about the whole result. Many of the best blogs will offer info, pics etc it's not simply a way of getting free music and in some cases you can talk about real music libraries!

The aim of this post is to offer you the very best of Chilean 60s Beat and I feel you could actually get a very different picture if you were to judge it by this comp only!
This is NOT what was popular back in the 60s, Chilean airwaves being dominated by the "Nueva Ola" usually very tame and innofensive Pop ballads sung in Spanish.
I hope you'll enjoy it and comment on it!

01 Mac's Tension extrema
02 Jockers Psychotic reaction
03 Apparition Before I met her
04 Beatniks So mystifing
05 Jockers Little girl
06 Picapiedras Amor salvaje
07 Mac's what kind of feeling
08 Beat 4 Pobre gato
09 VidriosQuebrados She'll never Know I'm Blue
10 Apparition That girl
11 Mac's Guide me to your life
12 Beatniks The world keeps going round
13 Mac's You better make up your mind
14 Jockers Yo te quiero
15 Mac's Connection
16 VidriosQuebrados Miss L.O'B Spring
17 Sicodelicos Solo tu nombre puede cortar las flores
18 Beat 4 Esta, mi primera
19 Beat 4 Lo que sera
20 Mac's Degrees
21 Beat 4 Abandonado igual que tu
22 VidriosQuebrados Inside your eyes
23 Sicodelicos Cual es el nombre de esto
24 Picapiedras Luvin
25 Masters Junto al martirio
26 Mac's El amor depues de los 20 aƱos
27 Picapiedras Presentimiento
28 VidriosQuebrados Friend
29 Beatniks Ring the bells
30 Beat 4 Todo termina

All tracks were released in 1967 except 9 & 28 in 1966, 3, 10, 13, 15, 17, 23 & 25 in 1968.