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Monday, April 5, 2010


Mere words cannot stress how much I love this band from Uruguay. I recommend that everybody buys their first three albums (reissued on CD with bonus tracks- Los Shakers, Shakers For You, and La Conferencia Secreta Del Toto's Bar, which is quite simply one of the 20 finest rock albums of the sixties).

While they may seem on the surface as mere Beatle copycats, Los Shakers were actually able to deliver the goods, on the same level creatively with the Bealtes (yes, I said it). Their songs had strong melodies, incredible harmony work and sublime instrumentation.

On this first release from the group, Merseybeat is filtered through South American heat for an infectious side that will stick with you, and stick with you some more. And then continue running through your head.

Note, this is a different version than was heard on the Nuggets II box set; In 1966, Los Shakers recorded another excellent album for New York's Audio Fidelity label, which included a remade Rompan Todo (titled 'Break It All" on that LP). Both versions are spectacular.

from 1965...



YankeeBoy said...

This sounds similar (if not identical) to the version on their CD that came out on Ace some years ago. The only other version of this song I know is one with the ping-pong stereo effect that I find virtually unlistenable. I've never seen a copy of the actual single before. Great post - thanks.

Unknown said...

Derek, I may be goin' simple, but I can not find the download link for this record.

Derek See said...

Jem, that's sure odd- the link disappeared! It's now fixed, thanks for the heads up.

Unknown said...

Derek, Thanks for fixing the link! After reading your description of this tune, I really wanted to hear it. I was not dissapointed. These guys are great. Thank you!