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Xingu, “El Combo Xingu” [Payback Recordings]

Mr. Lucky   8/14/2006   A Library

UK’s Payback Recordings unearths this RARE 1970’s funk gem by El Combo Xingu. It’s gritty latin-infused psych-funk. They sweat hard over over a range of covers: Lou Reed’s ‘Bright Lights?, JB’s ‘Hot Pants?, as well as covers of Santana, Nite-Liters, Simon and GarFUNKel, & The Animals. But the winners of the batch are the Herbie Hancock’s ‘Baja las Chiquillas? (retitled in Espanol) and the Monster version of Led Zep’s ‘Moby Dick?, complete with drum solo. Only a few copies of the original release survived, with this re-issue made from a Peruvian plate. There is a real raw power behind the playing of this band, and they attack all the songs unrelentingly. Could the ferocity of the players be a reflection of living under Pinochet’s fascist government, which rejected the play of any black music? Listen and find out. ‘Mr. Lucky

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Alexandre says

Pinochet was Chile's dictator, so I doubt he had much of an influence on them back in Peru.

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Mr. Lucky says

They're a Chilean band, the album was pressed from a copy of the album found in Peru.

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Guy Montag says

Mr. Lucky, when it comes to putting things in context as well as into perspective you are the P.I.M.P. Way to set tha wrekkid straight!

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