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Various Artists / Roots Of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru, The
Album:Roots Of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru, The Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists Added:10/2007
Label:Barbes Records 

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Add Date:2007-11-04 Pull Date:2008-01-06 Charts:Reggae/World
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Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2007-11-05 
[coll]: Roots of Chica
Reviewed by Sadie O., 10/30/07
Named after an indigenous alcoholic beverage, this is what the title says – psychedelic cumbias from Peru. Very much from the lower classes, quite lo-fi, made for dancing, all adhering to the cumbia rhythm but using Moogs and farfisas and guitars with whammy bars. Not much in the way of real psychedelia, but great fun!
No FCCs detected, although track 12 is decidedly suspect. I guess I like track 6 best, but there’s no clunkers and they’re all pretty nuts…
1. **midtempo with wah wah on rhythm and serious tremolo on lead guitar – excellent!
2. *Bongos! Very folky and roots sounding, until the weebly keyboards hit.
3. **downtempo and very groovy, nice harmonies. Bits of crazed laughter, but not too psychedelic.
4. **spoken intro, then downtempo cumbia with lots of wah wah.
5. *takes a while to hit a groove, then very downtempo slinky instrumental alternating with faster rather spastic one. Occasional goofy yells.
6. ****midtempo strong groove with farfisa, fine vocal harmonies. Great percussion, too – it’s a hit!
7. ***downtempo with one of the most disturbed guitar tones I’ve heard in a while. Absolutely bums-up mad!
8. **emotionally wrought intro, then uptempo cumbia version of Fur Elise on electric guitar! What the hell were they drinking?
9. ***aggressive and probably very drunk midtempo attack-cumbia with manic laughter. Singing seems straight from the Andes Indians.
10. ***uptempo with several different odd effects on most of the instruments.
11. **downtempo and very swingy-cool. These guys name all their songs for chicks!
12. **midtempo with nice percussion and twangy guitar and farfisa. Very odd spoken female vocals. I can’t tell whether she’s having an orgasm or scared half out of her mind by something.
13. **sung intro, then downtempo bass and guitar driven romp, apparently referring to El Diablo as the Handsome One…
14. *midtempo with keyboards, pretty vocals.
15. ***midtempo, clearly having enormous fun, fine vocals and whooping. Ain’t nothing but a party, yo!
16. **quite uptempo, with all sorts of keyboards. Instrumental.
17. **bird calls and surf guitar, very downtempo.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Los Mirlos Sonido Amazonico
2.Juaneco Y Su Combo Linda Nena
3.Los Hijos Del Sol Carinito
4.Los Destellos A Patricia
5.Los Diablos Rojos Sacalo Sacalo
6.Juaneco Y Su Combo Ya Se Ha Muerto Mi Abuelo
7.Los Mirlos El Milagro Verde
8.Los Destellos Para Elisa
9.Los Hijos Del Sol Linda Munequita
10.Los Mirlos Muchachita Del Oriente
11.Los Destellos Elsa
12.Juaneco Y Su Combo Vacilando Con Ayahuesca
13.Los Diablos Rojos El Guapo
14.Eusebio Y Su Banjo Mi Morena Rebelde
15.Los Hijos Del Sol Si Me Quieres
16.Juaneco Y Su Combo Me Robaron Mi Runa Mula
17.Los Mirlos La Danza De Los Mirlos