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Psych from Peru 1969. Soul and Pepper - The (St Thomas) Pepper Smelter

For those who like to spread their psychedelic wings wider and venture to distant exotic shores, these guys proudly presented their very own collection of delightful delicacies, with a mix of cover songs and their own compositions.

A Peruvian psychedelic rock band from Lima, formed in 1969 by members of Los Shain's, they disbanded in 1970 after making just the one LP.

Named after The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club and a bar in Lima, The (St Thomas) Pepper Smelter were Gerardo Manuel vocals, Beto Tataje on guitar, Juan Carlos Barreda on bass, Freddy Macedo on organ and Carlos Manuel Barreda on drums.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PL4Wbg5kH8

Re: Psych from Peru 1969. Soul and Pepper - The (St Thomas) Pepper Smelter

Too many fairly average covers on this one for me Steve. Do like Laghonia and Traffic Sound from Sth America.

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Re: Psych from Peru 1969. Soul and Pepper - The (St Thomas) Pepper Smelter

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Too many fairly average covers on this one for me Steve. Do like Laghonia and Traffic Sound from Sth America.


Yes, Traffic Sound are superb. Less impressed with Laghonia though. There were quite a few decent bands from Peru riding on the waves of psychedelia. Peru seems to have produced several very listenable bands. Anyone rate El Alamo and El Polen? The later I especially like, with their cool use of traditional instruments.
Here's a nice bit of a website - HISTORY OF PERUVIAN ROCK (1955 to 1980)

http://www.incarock.com/inca_rock/iranth/anth.htm


Roots of Chicha is a good collection in 2 volumes, if my memory serves me well, that again has a heavy emphasis on traditional Peruvian sounds with a psychedelic influence.
...And of course historically there always were some in that land who appreciate the full effects of psychotropics - Ayahuesca being the traditional chosen vehicle.

Just found this -

http://www.noecho.net/lists/70s-peruvian-psychedelic-rock-primer-by-freddy-alva