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Dreams Fantasies & Nightmares:
This was undoubtedly Uruguay's top group, though their first three albums were released in Argentina and the fourth in Brazil. Although they started off as a beat group their later albums experimented with psychedelia to some degree.
They formed in 1963 in Montevideo. In the early days they were a regular attraction at the Hot Club, a jazzy sort of venue where musicians went to play and jam.
With the emergence of The Beatles on the world scene in 1964, Los Shakers acquired Beatles hair styles and began playing beat music. They quickly relocated to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where they soon became extremely popular.
Their albums stand out in this era for their quality. Their debut album contained covers of Lesley Gore's It's My Party and Del Shannon's Keep Searchin', as well as several skillfully composed originals. Among them were Rompan Todo, their biggest hit and Qué Amor. It was their most successful album in terms of sales.
By now they were a frequent attraction on T.V. and in the ballrooms and theatres of both Uruguay and Argentina. Their debut album had been issued in most South American countries and they followed this with a series of singles such as Sólo En Tus Ojos, Paren El Juego and Quienes Por Favor.
Their Break It All album, which came out in 1966, wasn't released in Argentina, but instead in the U.S.A., Australia and other English-speaking countries. Technically it was impeccable, with stereo sound of a high quality. It contained songs from the first album and some singles, better recorded and edited.
Their next album, For You, was a decided progression on the earlier releases. The bossa nova-based cut Nunca Nunca became a massive hit in Brazil and it introduced new musical genres, such as the Eastern-influenced Espero Que Les Guste 042.
As well as containing songs closer to Rubber Soul and Revolver, it also demonstrated influences of other British and American bands. The guitar solos are more elaborate than before. The final cut, I Hope You Like It, is to Shakers For You what Tomorrow Never Knows is to Revolver, a bizarre melody with backwards tapes, crushing rhythms and experimentation. It marked a significant breakthrough for Uruguayan rock in this era.
They followed this with further singles, Ne Molestar and the percussion-dominated Adorable Lola.
In 1967, they relocated to Venezuela, where they re-recorded many of their old songs in stereo, as well as cutting some new material for a U.S. album. The resulting project, which came out on a small label, flopped.
Despite this set back, they returned in 1968 with their magnum opus, La Conferencia Sectreta Del Toto's Bar (The Secret Conference At The Toto's Bar). This is generally considered to be one of the best albums to come out of South America in this era, blending beat, psychedelia, jazz, candombe and even tango. Its finest cuts include Siempre Tu, Candombe and Mãs Largo Que El Ciruela. Sadly, by now the group were at odds with the record company who wanted them to include more commercial material. This delayed the release of the album and, when it finally appeared, they had already decided to split up.
The Fatorusso brothers relocated to the U.S.A, initially playing with Brazilian Airto Moreira (and appearing on his album Fingers). Later, they teamed up with Uruguayan Ringo Thielmann in Opa, a sorta latin-jazz-rock candombe combo, who cut two albums for Milestone, Goldenwings (1976) and Magic Time (1977).
Roberto Capobianco moved to Brazil, where he plays in a symphony orchestra and Carlos Villa became a record producer in Venezuela
01.Break it all 2:22
02.What a love 3:02
03.Only in your eyes 2:13
04.Don't ask me love 2:03
05.Do not disturb 2:21
06.Give me 2:21
07.It's no bad 2:00
08.For you, for me 2:01
09. Ticket to ride 2:03
11.Won't you please? 2:03
12.Forgive me 2:17
13.The Totos' Bar Secret Conference-Aunt Clementina 5:07
14. Candombe 3:14
15.I used to watch TV Tuesdays 36 2:54
16.Rainbow shape 2:59
17.Always you 2:31
18.B.B.B. Bang 2:31
19.I remember my world 2:40
20.Oh, my friend 2:16
21.The pine and the rose 3:00
22. Mr highway, the enchanted 3:19
23.Longer than 'el ciruela' 3:23
24.Keep on searching 1:59
25.It's my party 2:13
26.Babe, yes, yes 2:19
27.I Love You 2:29
28.Everyone run 2:11
30.When I'm 64 2:43
ROBERTO "PELIN" CAPOBIANCO bs, vcls
HUGO FATORUSSO gtr, keyb'ds, vcls
OSVALDO FATORUSSO gtr, vcls
CARLOS 'CAIO' VILA drms, vcls