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MP3 Telegraph Avenue - Telegraph Avenue

On July 1971, Telegraph Avenue’s debut album appeared on the market in Peru, and became the best selling rock record of the year. The time was right for Latin rock with psychedelic touches and Telegraph Avenue delivered.

9 MP3 Songs in this album (34:33) !
Related styles: Rock: Latin Rock, Latin: Rock en Espanol, Mood: Party Music

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On July 1971, Telegraph Avenue’s debut album appeared on the market in Peru, and became the best selling rock record of the year. The time was right for Latin rock with psychedelic touches and Telegraph Avenue delivered: guitars saturate the amplifiers using natural distortion and feedbacks, with Latin bass lines, powerful drums and Latin flavored percussion filling all songs with a unique sound. Their songs sometimes sound like Grand Funk’s early records, but others have vocal melodies more likened to a West Coast psych style. Now, 35-years later, Repsychled has the pleasure to present the definitive reissue of this album; this one is the first done using the original master tapes, and was remastered with tube amplifiers. It includes the original artwork with unseen photos and band biography, including an extra unreleased song recorded in 1972 called ¨It´s OK¨.

By the end of 1969, Walo Carrillo - Los Holy´s former drummer - walked down Sucre Ave. and ran into Chachi Lujan; together they want to visit a very close friend: Bo Ichikawa, who had just come back from San Francisco. Bo had attended several shows by the likes of Santana, Jefferson Airplane and Jimi Hendrix, among others, all of them in one place called Telegraph Avenue. Due this experience – that has a spiritual impact on him - this name was proposed to be the name of the band that they want to start. Jerry Lam was there, as well. He was Bo´s neighbor and played bass with Los Belking´s and Los Dragones.

The band begins to rehearse and composed their songs in 1970. The first song recorded was ¨Let me start¨, a lost acetate until now. Months later, Jerry goes to Ecuador, and never came back to Lima; he was delighted by this trip.

Eduardo Reátegui, Telegraph Avenue''s manager, recommends Alex Nathanson who was singer and bass player of Peruvian obscure band Los Lovos, band also managed by Reátegui, which was about to split.

Telegraph Avenue plays on November 28th, 1970 at the University of Lima, as part of a big festival that includes performances from Traffic Sound, Los Nuevos Shain´s, El Polen, and Jeriko. Their show began with Led Zeppelin´s ¨Babe I´m gonna leave you¨ that captured everybody´s attention. The next song was ¨Something going¨, with a twelve minute conga solo courtesy of Chachi. The performance on stage was magnificent and the band was very strong. They played four more songs and the crowd clapped intensely.

Later, the band began to record at MAG studios, between February and July 1971. At that moment, Walo invites Guillermo Van Lacke, a new pal who knew at Plaza San Martín to see the record of their first album. Telegraph Avenue had already played dozens of concerts all over Lima, and during a trip to Piura they carry Guillermo with them. Here is where he convinced himself to start a band with Peruvian musicians, so he returns to Argentina to seek for a guitar player.

The eponymous album was edited on July 1971; meanwhile the musicians were on a trip in Cusco. They had the intention to make more arrangements over their recorded songs, but the people want to listen to their album now, that had to be edited by the company just how it was recorded, even without a cover. The record was on sale with a ticket that has to be traded later for the cover. Eventually, the rehearsals stopped as they enjoy the exciment of the first album, but the band didn´t try harder to write more songs. They printed four 45´s with all the album tracks.

By the end of 1971, the band was affected by the prohibition of play music sung in English, by the military government; it was considered alienating, and the band had finally split. In the summer of 1972, Guillermo Van Lacke returns from Argentina with his young friend Darío Gianella, looking for a drummer to form a new band. Walo told them that Telegraph Avenue no longer exists, and then they began to play together. Alex Nathanson join them later and they started a band called TARKUS, the first heavy rock band in South America, they press a solitude album in July of 1972, also reissue by Repsychled (and available for digital download)

On April 1972, Telegraph Avenue were awarded with the ¨Atalaya de Plata 1971¨, playing for the last time for all the press. 35 years later, this find make everybody happy in the band: the previously unreleased song ¨It´s OK¨, recorded on December 1st, 1972 appears now to be shared with everyone. This album is re-edited with the original artwork, additional photographs and the true history of the band told by their drummer Walo Carrillo. This record was rescue through a delicate remastering process by tubes that aloud to keep the strength of the original album.

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