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Monday, January 25, 2010


If this isn't a cure for your Monday blues, I'm afraid it's hopeless. This is the type of song that I could sit transfixed and listen to over and over again for hours.

Los Shakers were from Uruguay, and brothers Hugo and Osvaldo abandoned a budding successful career in jazz when they heard the Beatles. These guys were YOUNG when they started (they were teens when they became professional jazz musicians) and the original lineup released three INCREDIBLE albums and a handful of singles (this is one of their non-LP tracks). Their 1967 album (which is essentially an answer to the Beatles Sgt Pepper LP) titled "La Conferencia Secreta Del Toto's Bar" is simply the best underheard/ relatively unknown rock n roll (although it incorporates strong South American elements and even a few jazzy passages) album of the sixties. I would argue 'til I'm blue in the face about that! Los Shakers took a strong Beatles influence and didn't merely copy, but used their love for the Beatles to unlock their own creativity.

Beatle-esque harmonies over a tropicalia sound; it doesn't get any better than 'Adorable Lola".

from 1967...



The Bomber said...

Ouh this is good, i have the same one, the Shakers always had that beat rocker sound typical from this side of the continent, well, they are great along the Mockers, Los Gatos, Shains, Blues Men, Walkers, some great bands...


Anonymous said...

ls important to repeat that the Shakers were playing with the instrument changed, Hugo was a pianist and played guitar, "Caio" Roberto Capobianco is an accordeon player and played bass, Osvaldo Fattoruso is a drummer and played the guitar, only the drummer Carlos "elin" Vila did not change the instrument.