Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Day After The Sabbath 89: Pipa de la Paz (Mexico)

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As you have probably gathered by now from this blog, Latin Americans love their horn sections. This volume has some fine examples of where the brass melds with the rock to create that unique and Infectiously funky Latin sound, without losing the psychedelic heaviness. However, there is plenty more than just brass-rock on offer. [Editor's note: there have now been five Latin rock volumes: 118 (Chicano Rock) 84 (Brazil), 89 (Mexico), 104 (Peru) and 43 (general South America)]

Lucifer (1974)
Here's a quote from After Avándaro: the black hole of the Mexican rock : "An important point to understand is that the [Mexican] music's quality cannot be judged if it is not heard. The truth is that there were many excellent musicians, and several formations with extraordinary horn sections (closer to the afrocuban music of Lobo and Melón than to Chicago, Electric Flag or Blood Sweat and Tears) -- listen to Bandido, 39.4, Máquina del Sonido, La Tribu, Peace and Love, División del Norte, Tequila, Lucifer, Macho or The Klan. Other groups had more traditional lineups, but they also sounded stupendous, playing progressive, psychedelic, hard rock, pop, experimental rock, and the whole range of rock music."

Having only used the handful of more renowned acts for TDATS so far, like Los Dug Dug's, La Revolución de Emiliano Zapata and Three Souls in My Mind, I was very happy to discover a wealth of new names during my searches, be they prolific or short-lived bands. I ended up with enough songs to make a couple of volumes, so there's guaranteed to be another worthy Mexican comp in the future. Using the Brazilian volume (#84) as a comparison, which was loaded with the Tropicalia movement's traditional latin sounds, Mexico's proximity to the US may account for the numerous conventionally anglo-american rock influences appearing here. Most of them still have an exotic twist, even if it's just from the accents or the few endearing English language bloopers; El Amor's "This is the reason for...that I will leave her!" and The Survival's 'Useless Warefare' included.

Avándaro Festival
1971's "Festival de Avándaro" is regarded as "Mexico's Woodstock", and was an important event which established the names of many acts, while setting a national president for future festivals. As an indicator of how important it was, music of the era that was once generally referred to as "La Onda Chicana" soon became known as "Avándaro Rock".

Frivolities seen at the festival like drugs/nudity and free love made it appear out of control, especially due to it's unexpectedly huge and enthusiastic attendance, and concerned governmental authorities soon did what they could to curb the popularity of rock music that may encourage counter culture and a return to events such as the student protests of 1968. Five of the bands in this comp played the festival, along with some that I have used in previous comps and some that I will use in the future.

Having found it difficult to get English information on these bands, I have provided text directly lifted and Google-translated from the excellent blog Vuelve Primavera: El rock de los 60 en México which has been painstakingly created by Gus Zamora, he also includes soundbites of many songs and his blog has been invaluable for this comp, thanks Gus! Apologies for any bad translations, I will continue to clean it up.


01. El Amor - On the Midnight Bus (1972)
       from album 'angélica'
02. La Pipa de la Paz - La Pipa de la Paz (1971)
       from ep 'pipa de la paz'
03. Three Souls in My Mind - Dejenos Gozar (1973)
       from album 'adicto al rock n´roll'
04. Los Ovnis - Infinito (1968)
       from album 'hippies'
05. Los Spiders - You Are the People Help Yourself (1973)
       from album 'nuevas rutas en sonido'
06. The Survival - Useless Warefare (1971)
       from album 'la onda de the survival'
07. 39.4 - Detras de la Mascara (1972)
       from album '39.4'
08. Náhuatl - Machismo (1974)
       from album 'náhuatl'
09. La Verdad Desnuda - Halleliujah Everywhere (1971)
       from ep 'la verdad desnuda'
10. Grupo Ciruela - Nada Nos Detendrá (1973)
       from album 'regreso al origen'
11. El Ritual - Easy Woman (1971)
       from album 'el ritual'
12. Antorcha - Grass (1971)
       from ep 'la tierra'
13. Enigma - Under The Sign Of Aquarius (1972)
       from album 'enigma!'
14. Frankie, Alfredo Y Paris - No Name (1971)
       from ep 'no name'
15. Los Blue Jeans - Human Reality (1972)
16. Tinta Blanca - Salmo VII (partes I y II) (1971)
       from ep 'tinta blanca'

El Amor - Gus's page here and lots more info in Spanish here.

The comp kicks off with a good'n heavy slab from El Amor :-

"Rock band formed in the late '60s, first with the name of the birds and were lidereados by Miguel Cardenas. This band from Monterrey, NL, participated in the "Youth Festival" held in Monterrey on 13/03/1970, receiving rave reviews and rave reviews from critics, so they decided to try their luck in the City where they recorded their first LP disc, and with the name of "Love" under seal "RAFF" which included versions of popular songs at the time.

The group resurfaced in August 1971 as "Love" also successfully presented in the TV program 'Always on Sunday' with Raul Velasco. After that appearance, were invited to participate in the legendary Avándaro Festival (incidentally was a presentation very unfortunate, but not bad) made on 11.09.1971, alternating with the "cream of the rock" Mexican time, with groups like the Dug Dug's, The Ritual, Peace & Love and the Three Souls in my Mind with jovensísimo Alex Lora, among others.
Love recorded several LPs sticking its first three recorded between 1970 and 72, although very record, were active during the entire decade of the 70s, and in the mid-90s with an album full of covers of Beatles music.

Finally, the group "Love" is named for the initials of the surnames of its members: Jorge  A lberto Vallejo,  M iguel Cardenas, O scar Vallejo and  R ogelio Gonzalez. Unfortunately, Oscar Vallejo died in 2003. For more information and pictures of the band, visit made ​​by my good friend Manuel Martínez:"

La Pipa de la Paz

I have been unable to find any constructive information on this psychedelic horn band's great records. If this kind of music is your bag you won't be disappointed with the album that is floating around on Soulseek/blogs etc. I think it is made up of two EPs and a single. If anybody can enlighten me please do, especially band members and the female backing singer, thanks!

Three Souls in My MindGus's page here

Hard blues with punk attitude! Later shortened their name to 'El Tri'. "What can you say about this group? Formed in 1968 in Mexico City and very active in the 70s, attended and closed the Festival Avándaro (as last song, thundered amplifiers and goodbye to the group and to the concert), were very active in the circuits of the "hoyos funky" in Mexico City, and many states of the Republic, and launched the careers of Alejandro Lora, who in 1983 decided to end the band and starting in '84 as" El Tri "(and this is another story included Carlos Hauptvogel keeps the rights to the name of Three Souls).

They start playing rock'n'roll and blues and interpreted his songs, both in English and Spanish. They are inspired, it is said, in one of the most versatile rock bands of the mid-60s in Mexico: UFOs (his guitarrsita Ernesto de Leon performed at this group from 1968 to 1969).

After his experience in Avándaro decide to play rock city (as did the southern bluesmen U.S. migrating to Chicago) and its themes reflect the daily everyday life of the Mexican people criticizing the way, the government and politics (very risky in a time of harsh criticism of youth, after the events of '68 and '71).

They have had countless musicians who have passed through the group, but include Alejandro Lora, Ernesto de Leon, Carlos Hauptvogel, Sergio Mancera and Arturo Labastida, also coming to play with them, Lalo Toral (ex Locos del Ritmo and Los Yaki).

There is an official website of this group, but their blog is the best thing I have seen and widely recommend:"

Los Ovnis (The UFOs) - Gus's page here

"The story of "UFOs" started around 1961, when brothers and Ishmael Hector Velazquez, Jorge del Razo, Jaime Perez Ruiz and Armando Vazquez (vocals and undisputed leader) form the set 'The Teddy Bears'. Their sound was very deeply influenced by American groups most especially the time stamp 'Roulette' which was broadcast in Mexico rather incisive. Proof of this was his first hit (the single Do not go ). As a result, his record company (Discs Chorus) puts them on tour around the country encouraging college parties,  beat clubs  and more. 

Even still recalls the vivid appearance of the group in Mexican television program Saturday morning 'Merry Saturday' in which the singer Armando "... was thrown to the ground like a man possessed that young people called Rock & Roll ". In the same show as The groups often acted Beatnicks, American Analog Set Boys, Los Loud Jets and many others.

Bored and frustrated to interpret 'standards' and pop songs of the time, close the stage with Teddy Bears album dissonant versions of (mostly) the Beatles with a sense of humor, as is noted in most Mexican groups the time, not to pay homage to Liverpool, but rather as himself says Armando Vazquez. In 1965, changes in the formation and change the name of the band for a much more appropriate for what you had in mind ... "UFOs", very cool with the explosion of the genre "sci-low-fi" of that time. 

They add to the ranks of the very "cool requintero" Jorge Gutierrez who came from The Blue Caps, Excellent group disintegrated after the death of their frantic singer René Ferrer. In mid-1966 he joined another group no less brilliant guitarist, Ernesto Jesus de Leon Rodriguez, who after the dissolution of UFOs, be part of such important groups as "The Sound Machine" and "Three souls in my mind ".

The Ernesto was impressed so much by the sound and aesthetics of UFOs, to which he had the opportunity to see live on coffee "Tiki-tiki" described by him as ".. a shop located in a basement and as descendías the stairs you were immersed in an atmosphere breathing rock'n'roll underground on all sides. " Later, even spearhead an important and iconic rock festival at the National Auditorium with Los Yaki, The Sparks, Los Dug Dug's and many others ...

A contract with the brand Eco allowed half dozen albums recorded between 1965 and 1968, and a handful of singles (with faces 'B' unpublished). All their albums (especially the top 5) are recommendations ... and this time the group, including current issues like Venice without you, and other atrocities, but also included great covers of Paul Revere & the Raiders ("Kicks' which is a cover of 'Kicks' from that group), The Animals (Here comes the night = 'Here comes the night') or Lee & Nancy (The shadow of your smile, say Lee took the ideas of production and arrangements for the theme of the movie star The Sandpippers). The 1968 album "Hippies", the last of them, is one of the most sought disks among avid rock collectors hairy Hispanic-American, quite measure up to other great albums of the continent as 'Virgin' Sound Traffic Peru or 'The conference ...' the Shakers of Uruguay, but that is another story."

Los Spiders - Gus's page here

The Spiders featured an american singer, and a keyboard player called Servando Ayala who was also in 'La Fachada de Piedra' (The Stone Facade), La Revolución de Emiliano Zapata (see Vol85) and 39.4 (appearing in this comp).

"The oldest group of Guadalajara, after being learning to run their instruments in 1961 finally touched first in the fifteenth year of the sister of his buddy (friend) Single Jesus, there in the Mexican-American Cultural Institute of Jalisco .

Then Chon's house, searching name for the group settled on the name they bear to date: The Spiders. Thus began the legendary career that is not over. In 1963 Musart recorded for 'Play Girl', 'From you I fell', 'No way' and 'Hi ho silver'. In 64-65 presented at the cafes most important of the time in Mexico City.

In 1969 they recorded what many consider his greatest success: BACK. In 1970 he appeared in television Mexico City. In 1973 they recorded the album 'New Routes' and 74 recorded another lp ..... and for better information, visit the website of "the black hole of mexican rock and roll":  (information provided by Alberto Cruz 'Avandarito'). Also read the page  which is more complete information about The Spiders, made ​​by my good friend Manuel Martínez.

The Rock and Roll Group  "The Spiders"  initially consisted of the following elements: The brothers Manuel and Guillermo Olivera who played the bass and drums, respectively, "Chon" Martinez on keyboards, Carlos del Regil Singer and "Tuky" in the clarinet (Reynaldo Diaz).
They recorded six songs in Spanish on an EP (45 rpm acetate with two songs per side) and a single 45 rpm. Subsequently left the group Chon and Carlos taking his place Servando and Tony to record their first LP which includes the well-known "Back". To date Tuky Manolo and continue in the group and occasionally make presentations at festivals that are held occasionally. (Information provided by Jorge Espinoza).

Members of the  Spiders  who achieved the first records were:  Manuel Olvera,  Low,  Reynaldo Diaz, guitar, harmonica;  Antonio Vierling , guitar, singer,  Servando Ayala , piano, organ and  Enrique Chaurand , battery. (Information provided by Joseph Edgar Moreno).

Finally, says Arturo Lara: "Another sad news, died in Guadalajara Reynaldo Díaz Vélez, 'The Tucky', native of Tepic, Nayarit but settled since childhood in Guadalajara. Rocanrolero pure strain, and the beginning the place to establish the group "The Spyders" in 1961, in time, become "The Spiders".

Musician creative and committed to the original rock. Remained in effect almost to death. Soon will present a biographical sketch. Descance in Peace. - Arturo Lara ( Similarly, Arthur's death told me two other members of The Spiders: Andres Villa and Fernando Romero."

The Survival - Gus's page here

"Not much about this band. I leave this hope you like it: "This band Avándaro season was a Mexican band called specialized in blues rock and acid formed in the sixties, because so many lineup changes that took the group they named" The Survival "or" Survival " and already has a fixed alignment, the group consisted of:

Luscher Andrés Fontana - drums and vocals
Joaquin Ramos - lead guitar
Luis Ramirez - bass
Oscar Vazquez - rhythm guitar

With this line, near the Swiss Luscher Andres Fontana, the group released their first and only album entitled "La Onda de The Survival" in 1971, which had a very acid rock movement influenced West Coast of the United States (the Rock Bay area of San Francisco and San  Survival5Jose) and British blues, I would say it is a combination of Country Joe and the Fish, Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Fraternity of Man, Savage Resurrection, Mountain Bus, CCR, Grateful Dead and Ten Years After, despite being a masterpiece, at the time (and to date) for some "experts "is a bad album, but the group do a great job at the level of the bands mentioned, after this, the group split and the only plate that was launched into oblivion (like many others), but it really is a GREAT MASTERPIECE."

39.4Gus's page here

"Another large group of Guadalajara, classic rock of the late 60s and early 70s with good sound "brasshead". Most tapatíos groups such as The Revolution of Emiliano Zapata, The Spiders, The Stone Facade, Solemnity, The Fifth Vision, etc., had classical formations rock group, 39.4 was the exception and other bands matched sides of the Mexican Republic, to have its horn section.

Only an LP and a simple diametrically differing musical concept .... therefore that the original LP is one of the most sought after in the market.

 39.4 Group 239.4 had thundered and when it was formed as the band Bandit, with whom they were Luisillo Arciniega Luis Vicente Rivera (trombone), Jose Luis Guerrero (Sax and transverse flute), Ignacio Rodriguez (trumpet) Eugenio Keno Guerrero (bass) and Efren Bear González Olvera (guitar). Soon after, reassembled and produced the LP presented here. 39.4 changes followed to its end in 1976.

Brizio Guillermo Domínguez Willow (Lead guitar) et al. Guest musicians: Lissa, Nene, Tessy, Marilu, Memo, Azhul, Ernesto, Lolo, Chemo, Jorge, Siso, Jorge, Servando, Beverly (vocals); Guadalajara Symphony: Jose Padilla, Victor Padilla, Antonio Alvarez, Carlos Pichardo, Agustin Uribe, Antonio Chavira, Isabel Navarro, Ramon Becerra and Jose Bautista (violins, violas, cellos, double bass and harp)."

Náhuatl - Gus's page here

I have used Nahuatl once before back on Volume 5 with their 'Mexabbath'-sounding track Evolucion. In August 1972, three musicians (Ricardo Ochoa (gtr), Ramon Torres (bass) and Carlos 'Bozzo' Vazquez (drums) from the band 'Peace and Love' formed Náhuatl. Their music had nationalist traces that were discernible from both their name and lyrics. After performing at Avandaro as 'Peace and Love', they performed as Náhuatl at the Cuernavaca and Querétaro festivals in 1973. They also backed singer Enrique Guzman on an album 'Los Grandes Anos Dell Rock and Roll' in 1974.

After disbanding in 1977 Ramon went to Monterrey where he formed 'Magic Company' and Ricardo joined 'Kenny and The Electrics'.

"It was in the month of August 1972 to three excellent Mexican musicians from the band Peace and Love enliven Nahuatl (Ramon Torres and Ricardo Ochoa among them). From the beginning caraterizan by strong nationalist entity that is reflected in his name and in the lyrics of his grounders.

Equipped with a style that ranges from psychedelia of the 60's heavy rock of the early 70's are considered along with other Mexican rock groups as true masters of hard rock.

 Nahuatl Participated in the Festival of Valle de Bravo in 1971 as members of Peace and Love and you like Nahuatl festivals in Cuernavaca and Querétaro in 1973. They recorded two excellent albums with covers of rock and roll of the sixties, accompanying Enrique Guzman (such discs are quoted by the way, given its rarity) and Henry also participated in some television appearances.

Similarly, in 1975 played on a disc recorded by Manolo Fabregas .... do not think I sang rock, was a monologue by actor and theater producer, with a libretto by Mimì Bechelami and was the musical in which the group is involved Nahuatl ( another rarity album titled 'Talking to my children "edited by Swan discs / RAFF in 1975.

 GuzmanynahuatlcolorIn 1974 participating in the national OTI Festival in 1977 the group disintegrates, leaving Ramon Torres to Monterrey where it forms the Magic Company while Ricardo Ochoa along with Kenny  Kenny enliven Avilés and the Electrics in 1980. Some songs like  Coca Cola  and  have to climb  were never published because they have been banned censorship.

Guitar and voice: Ricardo Ochoa
Bass and vocals: Ramon Torres
Drums and vocals: Carlos "Bozzo" Vazquez
Vol II keyboard: Omar Jasso and
Choirs in Vol II: Kenny"

La Verdad Desnuda (The Naked Truth) - Gus's page here for a lot more info on this band.

Time for a charming mellow ballad from a very small band that apparently shared singer Luis Pérez with the band following this, Grupo Ciruela. "Data from this group, I handed them my good friend Manuel Martinez (RIP), and published on his website on Avándaro. Is the share: here. Greetings, GZ.

100% psychedelic group that only released an EP. Also on the compilation album Vibrations September 11, 1971 (Volume 1) are two of his songs on the EP. They came to play in several places, especially in schools of higher education, as recorded in Dimension Magazine March 1972, which mentions a festival in Zacatenco, National Institute campus Poltécnico.

"We came when he was playing the Naked Truth, which was very relaxing people, while stuck in your wave.  The big chatter was great, because there were about four thousand people three and play calm. The Naked Truth announced that finished and received a great applause. They said they were going because they had to llegrle the theater for playing in the play Black Jack, which certainly brings good chatter "(sic).

Musicians: From left to right in image, Michael Esparza, "El Gallo" [under] Cecilio "Chilo" [organ] Luis Perez, [composer, guitar and vocals] Tomas Red or Red [drums]. Note: Luis Perez was also voice and flute at the Plum group and missing the correct data Cecilio and Thomas.

Tracks recorded on "The Naked Truth" (Phillips, 1971, EP)

01. Hallelujah everywhere  (Luis Manuel Pérez Arellano)
02. Illusive world  (Luis Manuel Pérez Arellano)
03. A babe into the garbage dump  (Luis Manuel Pérez Arellano)"

Grupo Ciruela (Plum Group) - Gus's page here

I had a tough time choosing between my two favourite tracks on Ciruela's first album, here's the other song I really dig, it's not as long or filled with the variety of the one I went with "Nada Nos Detendrá" (Nothing will stop us) but it rocks like hell; Padre (Father).

"Nada Nos Detendrá" is a fantastic track, unpredictable, heavy and aggressive like a rampaging punk. There's even a couple of small heavy metal harmony-guitar solos.

"The city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas was the birthplace of some important groups like "Los Angeles Blues," which later would adopt the name "The Yaki", the band "The North Division" led by Roux Wayo popular singer, who also was owner of "Alaska" - exclusive nightclub prestigious rock of that entity-and by the way "The Division" was presented at the Festival of Avándaro replacing "The Tribe" of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, who could not go for commitments made previously.

The third largest group is "Ciruela" who belonged to the record company "Cisne Raff" label, which covered many of the groups that formed the musical Advanced 70.

 Ciruelacuarteto"PLUM" was composed after the prominent guitarists Cal and Billy Cesar Valle, and current bassist and TV producer, Sergio Saul Soto (later played in the band "La Raza") Guillermo Garibay drummer and vocalist Daniel Valens known as "brother", who currently resides in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. He also played the flute with them, Luis Perez, who played with The Naked Truth.

Their audience was limited to popular tardeadas took place in the ballroom as the "Chicago", the "Chuck" and "Always the Same" 8th Avenue. Only they cut an LP and two singles discs, which by their rarity, are sought after by collectors not only in Mexico, but also abroad (Germany and Japan, mainly).

Voice: Daniel Valens "BROTHER"
Guitar: Cesar Cal
Guitar: Billy Valle
Bass: Sergio Saul Soto
Drums: Guillermo Garibay


El Ritual - Gus's page here

"This group, although in the early 70s, started in the late sixties as 'The Graveyard' (search for them this blog). I leave this sketch waiting like it. Also have a blog on My Space site if they want to visit, the site is: . Greetings: GZ

Considering quality in both creative and interpretive musical as well as the projection scenic and special charisma typical of a rock group, would have to qualify "RITUAL" of Tijuana, as "THE BEST ROCK BAND OF ALL MEXICAN THE TIMES ".

They came to Mexico in 1971, months before the celebration of the historical Festival Avándaro which involved without much success, as they had to face serious problems of audio and especially lighting.

Its members were: Frankie Barreño (guitar, flute and vocals), Gonzalo "CHALO" Hernadez on bass: Alberto Barceló "LALO" (drums) and Martin Mayo (keyboards), - the latter two had previously been in Mexico with Tijuana grouping "The Graveyard".

When disappearing prematurely left his work unfinished maxima, the rock opera "THE LAND OF YOU TALK" and his discography is an album of original music highly prized in the market, and an isolated issue (which is not the best of them) , which only appeared in single 45 RPM disc entitled 'TABU'.

Thanks to its quality, shortly after arriving in Mexico and headed all the posters that were presented in sets of that time. His facial makeup drew attention because it used a lot before they appeared on the scene groups like KISS and ALICE COOPER. (Source:  and equally, thank Ramses , Heavy Blood, for the last photo of the group)

I leave this anecdote shared by Victor Moreno: "The encounter between Julio Alemán and El Ritual are a couple of anecdotes fashion theme to the TV show was Avándaro Festival and for that reason had a skit where Julio Alemán arrives home and finds his wife very involved in the wave "Jipi" rock and lightened all that the master of the house will cause a big upset but the straw that breaks the camel is that in your bedroom is a rocker was none other than the same Frankie Bareño, guitarist and singer of The Ritual, whom Don Julio misses his home for having cheated on his wife, but not before shaking him so funny.

The Ritual was distinguished among other things by the makeup they used in their presentations (two years before there Kiss) and out of the dressing room to go to the TV set in the corridor intersect with Ms. Olga Guillot who had just sung and seeing them put a surprised face as if he had seen the Devil himself and only reached to comment "Oh boy!" It was the Mexico of my memories of 1971 ".

Barreño Frankie  (voice, guitar and flute) 
Hernandez Gonzalo "Chalo" (Low) 
Abelardo "Lalo" Barceló  (drums and vocals) 
Martin May (Keyboards) 

About the group, I leave this interesting anecdote by Francisco Moreno group, then a member of Medusa : "With the long play virtually completed only those of the Ritual falataba they put the final touches, like a guitar or organ boblaje on some songs or correct a choir. was in that vein they came to add an introduction to Satan where Frankie recites an ode to Lucifer.

For atmosphere to the sounds of thunder decided to include wind, violin and piano dissonances, laughter gruesome and creepy organ. For recording engineers this was a problem as there were limited channels assigned (was 1971 and there were only 8 channels) and everything would be done in one shot for what they did know it or writing organ Martin or recorded piano, there was no time for overdubs.

It was so decided I did the organ while Martin was the piano. In the laughter Javier and I are also members of the Ritual of the same way in the voices that are heard during the drum solo. another who recorded with them was the percussionist of the Factory of who can not remember his name only his nickname, we all knew as Toby. He plays the congas in Groupie and Satirical Pilgrimage ".

The ritual martin, frankie, Gonzalo, lalo"Returning from Avándaro those of the Ritual were applied to conclude the recording of their LP. Already had playing on the radio in the Sun and the face of God and the song that became his calling card, Easy Woman. To Javier and I be present at their trials gave us the privilege to know this track from Frankie took to show to their peers and mount. Originally the song was called bitch because convenenciera talks about what society is. Pictured from left. to right . Martin May, keyboards, Frankie Bareño, guitar flute and vocals, Gonzalo Hernandez, bass and vocals and Lalo Barceló, drums and vocals.

Obviously at the label permitierion not use that name and so renamed it. Interestingly when it went on sale which ultimately would be his only full-length, able to accept the label present in gatefold format, privilege reserved only for foreign records. Based on the cover of King Crimson's first album made them work very questionable graphic art as they shot this cover and put the picture of them copied from one of Grand Funk, Closer to Home disk. Being a home with so much interior space to build in impportante information as their names and pictures and even the lyrics of the songs, the creative team by Armando Molina representative rather mediocre put some drawings that have nothing to do with the context disk and also referred to themselves as the authors of the drawings anywhere but the credits of the members of the Ritual. Failure historically unfortunate that continues to this day with the CD version of the record where Denver also will change the name to some songs. "

Antorcha (The Torches) - thanks to Gus's page and Point Blank Games

"Originally called Broken Souls, shortly after Las Antorchas, and finally Antorcha, they decided to struggle independently after the disappointment of not having fame and fortune with their record label company. Formed at the beginning of 1969 by Victor Manuel Motta Aviles (drums and vocals), Guillermo Motta Avites (keyboards and guitar] and Omar Cortes Gavino (bass & vocals) accompanied in certain recording sessions by guest musicians: Mario Salazar Hernandez (keyboards and vocals) Antonio Salcedo (drums), and Eduardo “El Tortas” Bastida (speaker).

Unlike their first phase, they decided to use a harder and protestant style. With an Acid Rock, sometimes with Latin accents, with lyrics in English and in Spanish like the rest of the Mexican groups used to do it at that their musical growth was evident. They produced five Extended Plays (EP) one LP titled "Anarquismo" in 1976 and one cassette fitted "Antofcha 1965-1976" remembering their complete career period, They took charge of the distribution and promotion of their records everywhere in parties, ballrooms, radio broadcast and TV network presentations etc."

"Group that began in 1965 and was active until 1976. Recorded a single disc (S-45 2123) with the songs "Last night was" and "A little bit more". After several personnel changes, name change after "Torch" and have an excellent working period, although their songs are canned after the events of Tlatelolco in 1968. Then leave the following review:  "Group started in late 1964 and early 1965 by two high school friends: Omar Cortes and Bernardo Minerva, joining after Jorge Gonzalez and Victor Motta.

After many attempts, they get to play at local parties, the neighborhood or the colony, fifteen years .... and blanks serves mainly playing cover songs of bands like Sam Cooke, The Animals and many more, both the United States and Ola nascent English. They begin as The Broken Souls, until they are hired that is where you decide to rename Torches in 1966.

After being hired by Choir, joins Fernando Morales and began to make presentations on the Live 1966 radio, touring, trials in the recording studio, plans to exclusives, and arrive at radio festivals promote them to bring youth and inns as a "reward" if marked the listeners, and being so young, it accepted as advantage to test material from other singers and start writing their own material, the same that was canned until they decide to publish some of that material, in EP's independent, in the early 70, until in a special edition of Choir, was published an excellent CD with most of these issues.

The year was 1968, the rock group Torches , encontrábase in a trance that ultimately end with an entire renovation and even a name change that would end up being Torch.  Indeed, the group  Torches  had changed. Minerva and Jorge González Bernardo chose to leave the group, Fernando Mercado was recovering from an illness that away from the group for several months. William Motta, meanwhile, had joined the group filling in for Jorge Gonzalez, and Victor Motta had passed from keyboards to percussion seeking to fill the gap left Bernardo Minerva, the former drummer for the band The Torches, being Omar Cortes the only one who remained immovable in his bass position.

So, the unique sound of the band suffered a notable shift, as the interest of its active members by paying attention to their own compositions forgetting a little of the sickening trend imposed by the  artistic directors of beating by shooting melodies of groups other countries to, putting a letter in Spanish, burn seeking  promotion  through them.  What was intended from the time, was to emphasize his own compositions, purpose that was neither understood nor shared by the  staff  of  art directors .

The song originally recorded pretended, was called Tell me, and consisted of a complicated  set  of voices and choirs that while the theory worked perfectly, this was not true in practice, since in matters of choirs and voices we were we say very skillful.  thus to reality and after several failed attempts to make a success of our  membership , we had to make severe changes, nearly a  major surgery , the song in question, and came to be  The place , finishing Omar Cortes interpreting the  first voice .

Also got to participate to play at the Palace of Fine Arts, invited to the event held there after the death of Manuel Acuña, touching a theme, simply titled "In Memoriam" which was a big hit at the event and not only played more three times in his career and is a gem of collection, while not having a studio recording of this issue (it was recorded on a portable tape recorder, forgiving the rebundancia).

After several changes, is in the 70's where you and your best stage as musicians, even when they became trio, highlighting issues such as Grass, In the Garden of Eden, Unfinished Sodomáquina, El Bracero, Earth, Amiga, among other topics , and continue to give presentations in places where you get to hear best album, which was in places like Cuernavaca, Tenancingo, Huajuapan de Leon, among others. In case you want to know more about them, I recommend the website:"

Enigma - Gus's page here

I previously used a track from the first Enigma record 'Enigma!' (1971) back on the doom Vol62, and here is the track 'Under The Sign of Aquarius' from that LP.

So far I have only been able to get access to the first album and there are some real heavy stompers on there like: 'Call of the Woman'. Apparently they made one or two more albums after that. Please let me know if you have them, thanks!

"It was the late 60 that the group "Las Ventanas" takes determination, after recording three albums of covers, recording their own music under the direction of Joseph G. Cruz is moving towards heavy rock in which they develop their style until their record company decided to launch the group to market but now with the name "ENIGMA".

In 1971 at the height of the movement called "Chicano Rock" announce their new album which stands the dime "Under the sign of Aquarius" is recorded in English and Spanish and obtained wide acceptance.

Its original members were:
Guitar:  Carlos Gonzalez
Bass:  Pablo González
Voice:  Sergio Gonzalez
Battery:  Hector Zenil

Among their albums, the highlights are Enigma I, Loophole, Purple, Enigma Live and Hard and heavy."

Frankie, Alfredo Y Paris - Gus's page here.

"In the neighborhood of El Retiro, there was a group called the Atoms, where he played bass Alfredo Pérez Ruiz , which was associated with Francisco Frankie Ocampo Murillo , just back from California, who brought a Fender complete with reverb and amplifier brand Silverstone .  Along with Jose Reyes on harmony and José Manuel Paris Reza Rios on drums formed the Alma Soul (Soul 4).

When departing Jose Reyes formed a guy named Frankie, Alfredo and Paris, as follows: Francisco Frankie Ocampo Murillo: Voice and guitar, Alfredo Pérez Ruiz: Bass, José Manuel Paris Reza Rivers: Drums.

Frankie, alfredo, Lucifer paris in GuadalajaraThey played in casinos such as The Forum, Agua Azul, Discoteque of the Fiestas de Octubre, Munich and others.  recorded an EP excellent Musart disk with the data listed below:
Frankie, Alfredo y París
Musart, 1971, EP 

01. No name
02. Bossa Nova en AM
03. Let´s be good
04. I don't care

Frankie alfredo and paris bynIt should be noted that all issues were written by Frankie, Alfredo and Paris.  After this EP, reaching a record Musart also simple, with items  not name and I do not care  who unfortunately, it was not by lack of promotion.

Continue performing in various parts of the state of Jalisco and parts of Mexico but not much luck contracts for more records. At exit Alfredo Pérez Ruiz, the remaining two elements came together with brothers Mario and El Chepe Pulido Chester group, to form the group 'Mariashi', which lasted eight months playing Rhythm & Blues.

Upon dissolution of the group, joined Jaime Bizarro to Frankie and Paris , to form another trio, Frankie, Bizarro and Paris, reaching the initial success of the other group. They recorded an album in the brand Gas, a single with the song In the sunshine and Chile , with lyrics in Spanish, but with a restricted distribution. Subsequently dedicated to another genre of rock away, and were in the history of Mexican rock. Text taken from Guadalajara and rock (50-70), Miguel Torres Zermeno, 2002. Currently, still active Frankie, Bizarro and Paris. If you like to know more about them visit their website:"

Los Blue Jeans - Gus's page here.

"Now I played the theme of The Blue Jeans Puebla, Pue., I commented that it was two issues but to do the research, these issues would be those recorded these Blue Jeans, Guadalajara, Jal., Which were more rockers (but not rock and rollers) for having been his best stage between 1967 and 72.

Blue jeans pose 2 These Blue Jeans, begin in the center of Guadalajara, when a group of friends are filled with rock'n'roll fervor that began to flood the Mexican radio.

These friends get together and start playing at parties and private meetings ... they were Salvador Solórzano, "The Pancholín" (Francisco Garcia), "El Tato" (Luis Octavio Chavez), Raul Ortiz and Enrique Chaurand ... although came to join them, Alejandro Colunga, Juan José Zabalgoitia, Jaime Solorzano (brother of Salvador) and "El Pichi" (Fernando Avila), using Gibson guitars they had.

After several trials and especially after a presentation at the Lions Club debuts with the group as lead vocalist John Joseph, as before touched many instrumentals.

 Blue jeans gas ZIP Choose to be well one more time, until it becomes to reform the group, and in 1966, when the group is most famous with his training: Juan José Zabalgoitia (Harmony and voice), Jaime Solorzano (bass), Enrique Chaurand (Battery ) and Sergio Munguia (Eb).

The name, it puts a group of "fans" when they were invited to perform at an event, they were all denim and to inform them that it would be nice to be "uniform", and the same with denim go, they decide to send print invitations as 'Blue Jeans'.

After this event and many more, are beginning to gain some local fame and are invited to participate in the "Move it all" Local Channel 4 (the same program that came The Fugitive or The Jets Nogales) and to be hired again moving new items. Henry leaves to join The Spiders and Sergio. In Pedro Calvillo on drums who is with them until 1967, recording a single with the songs "Say" and "San Francisco".

 Blue jeans folkloricThis is where many of hiring them out in the Lions Club, French Club, Lebanese Club, in hotels, in the Parque Agua Azul, as well as presentations on various radio stations and, therefore, have different members entering and out. Between 1971 and 72, recorded a single with the themes and Human Reality Strange thoughts, which are listed by their rarity. 

After recording are presented in various cities of United (Manzanillo, Mazatlan and Culiacan up) ... following so until 1973, when they decide to separate.  Source: Book Guadalajara and rock (50-70), Miguel Torres Zermeno, 2002"

Tinta Blanca (White Ink) - Gus's page here and more at Avandaro: Mexican Rock.

"I'll put a group entries that were most successful in the early seventies, but I think it is worth it for those who do not know, I met some of these groups after 2000, there were others who knew of his existence but did not hear because I was not interested but oh, what a mistake, what I was missing .... many speak of Chicago as reference brass rock groups, like Blood Sweat & Tears, but Mexico was not far behind and Bandit , Peace and Love and White Ink, were good examples of these groups. Enjoy it .... and I dedicate this to my friends Manuel Martínez (+), Alberto Cruz 'Avandarito' Angel Velazquez and Arturo Lara for sharing music of these groups and as many more as well as my cousin who also likes Sergio this music and attended the festival because .....

White Ink 1The band Federal District White Ink, White Ink and initially called the Mother Earth Co., (winner of a competition held in Chapultepec Park, called the "Naranjiza" where public disapproval expressed oranges swinging musicians ), was also one of the groups that had their brass section, often the case in Mexico and was not made ​​with the same intensity in the Spanish-speaking groups.  probably due the influence of American bands (Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears , Electric Flag and Buddy Miles), coupled with the tropical music tradition played in Mexico, where the great orchestras and groups mambo with Perez Prado at the top have always used brass sections. Also mention the participation of excellent jazz musicians as Cecilio  Chilo  Moran.

 White Ink 4White Ink recorded the longest piece of music of the time, Avándaro Psalm Psalm VII and VIII with 23:45 minutes.  's song became iconic Avándaro Festival, where White Ink was one of the featured participants, since all their songs had Spanish lyrics.

After Avándro Festival, White Ink faced resistance to the arbitrariness of government authorities and the fold of the broadcasters, record companies and entrepreneurs in the local music, coming to meet with the City Manager and the leader of the Union of musicians, Venus King, which gave them long to legitimate request to play his music. White ink 6 Closed all doors, used uncamión of redilas, where they loaded instruments and all, to play at any point in the city of Mexico, the famous Rock and Wheels, which was also pursued by the authorities.

Sergio  Keko  Figueroa (vocals and percussion),
Thomas Pacheco (bass and vocals),
Fernando Miramon (organ),
Miguel Morales (guitar),
Gonzalo Alejandro  Duck  Curiel (drums),
Cliserio Villagomez (tenor sax),
Francisco Acosta (trumpet) and
Jesus Segovia (Trumpet). 

Talk Thomas Pacheco, founder of White Ink: "All White Ink material is registered with the publisher Warner Chappell, which still receive royalties given that I am the author of it, not the White Ink.

While I share many memories with my former colleagues, whom I esteem and respect, I think it is unfair to try to avoid the fact that they were my creations that shaped the musical bases, on which the band worked. Systematically we have tried to minimize my involvement, arguing essentially sentimental reasons, and taking advantage of my absence. White ink complaint to the President However, I am now embarking on a musical project through which this will all be properly cleared, where legal authorities involved must be respected.

Among them, I wrote about the material including the title  Avándaro , in which of Do good faith? provisions have been made ​​that are not in the contract duly updated and current to date, signed by the responsible editor. (It has come to try the song is a creation of-Anonymous. - Enrique Krauze TV program. - Credits) ".

Source:  and"

Thanks for listening, adiós! Rich

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  1. thanks rich, I'm MKrieg from mexico and sonidos primitivos blog and I knew about the avandaro festival, your post is an important documental piece of the web and for the history of mexican blues rock influenced bands. thank you for take your time for search I knew only the list from rate your music from the black hole of mexican rock, it's a shame! I couldnt find any LP's from this bands, I hope that somebody here in mexico city could take the time and work to interview for this awesome musicans, there still have a black hole in the mexican blues rock bands and in the underground mexican rock in general...

    1. Thanks man, do I already know you on facebook? Talk to me there or by email : about the albums. speak soon, Rich

  2. Thanks Rich! I've been waiting for a comp like this featuring bands from Mexico. The line-up looks fantastic and I know it will sound Great!

    1. You'll like it man, it's another good one for sure!


    1. Hi, I am re-making volume 34, I have a special plan for it. Seeing as so many people are asking now, I will do it very soon. Please be patient :)

  4. Hello Rich. Thanks for this great post. Please, if possible, up the La Pipa de La Paz (8 tracks).... Thanks. Fabricio (BRAZIL).

    1. Please contact me on thanks

  5. El Ritual - Goes down in heavy rock history next to Buffalo, Holden, Captain beyond, and many more - another fine work here.

  6. I honesty wanna thank you Rich, for this contribution. Is good to see the interest of other countries for mexican rock. By the way, this blog rules!
    Saludos desde Mexico!

  7. Wow Fantastic!!!! Big bands, Thank you

  8. Thanks for sending visitors to my website and your greetings. I was friend of Manuel Martínez, who did originally this web site: after he died in 2006 y post again the information in my blog in case his page dissapeared after his death... with the difference I added music spots, but we both shared music and tried to rescue this mexican groups. Thanks again: GZ

    1. Thanks for your hard work also. Your blog was very useful for making this compilation and I hope I have helped to direct more people to see it. Who would have thought there were so many great bands from Mexico back then? May the music live on! RIP Manuel Martínez

  9. Enigma made seven albums through their existence, plus five singles and 2 EPs:

    Full-length albums:
    Enigma (1972) - English
    Enigma (a.k.a. "The Purple Album", 1981) - Spanish
    Duro y pesado (1985) - Spanish
    Golpe maestro (1987) - Spanish
    En vivo!! (1988) - Spanish, English
    Sin registro (1988) - Spanish
    2001 D.C. (2001) - Spanish, rerecording of the full "Sin registro" album plus two new tracks

    Bajo el signo de Acuario b/w Salva mi alma (1971)
    Save My Soul b/w Under the Sign of Aquarius (1971)
    Black Out b/w Red Hot (1972)
    Magnetize...Me b/w Black Train (1973)
    Cucaracha b/w No tengo nada (1982)

    Bajo el signo de Acuario (1971) - English, three songs from 1st LP
    El llamado de la hembra (1972) - English, three songs from 1st LP

  10. Hey man, superb! my name's Fernando, a 42 yearold stoner rock/heavy music drummer from Mexico, since the mid-80's ha! haven't had time to really delve into your great blog, but i've seen things here and there, even your youtube posts, brother... well, don't know if you've researched any 'current' heavy (not metal) mexican bands, so, are you interested... the stoner/psyche/retrodoom scene has been evolving a lot since the early 00's.. one of my current bandsm Cthulhu, just played two weeks ago with a reformed (and not so good nor heavy Náhuatl), amongst other classic luminaries.. 8 hours by bus or car form Mexico City some friends have been organizing a fest called 'Jergas' since 2012- it's a hard rock/retro fest in the middle of an awesome semi-ghost town, in the middle of the desert, right in the center of hucihol indian/peyote land! and so far it's always been for free and certainly everybody's welcome.. so if you wish to check modern heavy mexican sounds, may i suggest the following list? the aforementioned Cthulhu, El Brujo, El Diablo, La Orquesta de Animales, La Maquinaria del Sueño, Humus, Vinum Sabbati, Spacegoat, THC, Master Universe, Cannabian Rock, Highness, Drugster Munster, The Sweet Leaf, Dirty Woman, Powertrip, Simio, and many others.. they're all on youtube, or i can send you some links- let me know... (i play or used to in some of these bands he)... a funny story- my mom's best friend's brother used to drum for Enigma back in the 70's, but we only found out in 1995 because my band the sweet leaf recorded a cover of 'under the sign...', and one sunday morning Enigma's guitar player showed up at my doorstep probably thinking he needed some royalties (haha, it was an independent cassette; we sold probably 300 copies!), and he became my friend and told me his band's whole story- he todl me about his drummer and i made ends meet, so i took the albums with pictures of the band to my mom's and she said,'yep, that's the same guy: Victor!' ... another rare story: i brought The Obsessed to Mexico City way bakc in 94- the sweet leaf opened the show- Wino and co. kicked ass in front of probably 70 people, at the most! wino stayed at my parents' house and didn't bathe for like four or five days haha. he's a true rocknroller and an amazing guy, btw.. ok, that's it-- have a good one! ps: really, let me know if you want me to send out some mexican heavy music. reach me at: