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MP3 Traffic Sound - Virgin

A psychedelic fusion of Latin rhythms, power rock and hippie lyrics from 1970; also includes beautiful acoustic tracks and progressive rock touches too.

8 MP3 Songs in this album (32:11) !
Related styles: Rock: Psychedelic, Rock: 70''s Rock, Type: Lyrical

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Traffic Sound was formed in Lima, Peru in 1967 by six musicians: Thorne, Rizo Patrón, Sanguinetti and Magnet—who came from the Santa Maria school—and Barclay and Nevares, who knew each other from Maristas de San Isidro school. Thorne and Barclay were friends from the same district, and were the nexus for the formation of the group. Traffic Sound were now a band. A couple of the group members had some musical experience: Thorne had played with Toño Zarzar, member of the band The Mad''s, while Rizo Patrón had played with his brother José and some friends in The Hang Ten''s. Yet, by September of 1968, Traffic Sound had already begun to record at MAG studios. Traffic Sound had an important mission: to only record their own songs. Their work was swift, and the band soon saw the release of their first three singles (included on Repsychled CD 1011).

In 1969, using the new eight channel machine that MAG had acquired, Traffic Sound began to experiment with different recording techniques. The group used very good equipment: Barclay and Rizo Patrón had Höfner guitars, as well as a pair of Teisco Check-mate 100 tube amps, which the band used for distortion, reverb, and compression effects on some of their recordings. Thorne used a Höfner bass and a Fender Bassman amplifier; he also played a Farfisa organ, and on the song ‘Virgin,’ used a Box twelve-string acoustic guitar. Nevares, meanwhile, was seated behind a Rogers drum-kit. Magnet played diverse wind instruments like saxophone, clarinet and flute, which gave a particular flavor to the band’s music; on some occasions, he helped with percussion. For the vocals, Sanguinetti used Neumann microphones with a condenser; reverb effects were sometimes added to his voice.

Traffic Sound recorded throughout 1969. By January of 1970, their first full LP, titled "Virgin" (Repsychled CD 1004) was released by MAG. The album was pressed in three editions: the first, with catalogue number LPN 701, which had a simple cover that opened on the left side; the disc had the classic black MAG company label. The second edition, catalogue number LPN 2382, was much more elaborate, with a gatefold cover and a large number of photos taken by Bertrand Tasé-Bernard and Julio Menchelli; the record came with a new orange-colored label designed exclusively for this version. The third edition was issued with a simple laminated cover; the disc had the same black label as the first edition. Almost every song from “Virgin” was released as a single, perhaps no surprise, as the album was the runaway best seller in Peru for all of 1970.

The "Virgin" album not only marked the beginning of a new decade, it marked the start of a new era in Peruvian music, as it was the first album that contained only original compositions. As it happens, it was also the first album recorded in eight channels. A nod is also due to the album artwork, as this was the first time that a Peruvian band used conceptual art for the cover of their album (counting on the artistic input of professional photographers), not to mention it being a gatefold cover (no local group had published an album in this way).

The first single from “Virgin,” ‘Meshkalina,’ was released in Lima in February of 1970. It was later released in the USA and Bolivia. The single was such a success that it was covered by several tropical bands like the Orquesta de Mario Cavagnaro, as well as by Antonio Salim, Paco Zambrano, as well as by Bolivian rock band Mirrah.

Traffic Sound had first made their name as a live band playing at private parties. During 1968, they began to play gigs at the Tiffany—a club that soon changed its name to the Galaxy—located in the Avenue Conquistadores in San Isidro. Other places where they played were the Waikiki Club in Miraflores, as well as the Club Samoa at La Herradura beach, the Kontiki at Punta Hermosa beach, and also the Casino and Yacht Club in Ancón. Their concert appearances were rare, although one of their most famous appearances was at the University of Lima, the 28th November 1970, along with other legendary Peruvian groups like Telegraph Avenue, El Polen and Los Nuevos Shain''s, among others.

In May of 1970, the recordings began for what would be Traffic Sound’s second album, the self-titled "Traffic Sound" (Repsychled CD 1005), which came with a tri-fold pink gatefold cover, with photos taken in La Molina by the same photographers who had collaborated on the art for "Virgin". The success of the group was immense. Braniff Airlines contracted Traffic Sound to inaugurate the airline’s new Jumbo 747 flights by playing a special show in Lima at the Santa Maria beach. The band then went to Santiago, Chile, and onwards to play several shows in the Alvear Hotel and the Club Buana in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A few days later, Traffic Sound played in Brazil in the cities of Curitiba, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, then returned to Lima. The band embarked on more travels a few months later, returning to Chile to inaugurate the opening of a club called Eve, where they played one week.

It is difficult to believe that thirty-seven years have passed since the original edition of this album was released! Repsychled Record has the tremendous pleasure to present a second improved edition of “Virgin,” which includes this mini-biography of the band, as well as unpublished photos from the personal file of Willy Thorne, whom we thank for his generous help and for the information he offered us about Traffic Sound. This version is designed to respect the original album art. The sound has been obtained directly from the original tapes, and remastered using tube amplifiers, with great care taken to preserve the force and the acoustics of the original recordings.

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