Album Review

Sandhy & Mandhy – “Para Castukis” – [Lion Productions]

Sir Cumference   2/13/2012   CD, International

Sandhy & Mandhy album cover

CD reissue of a very limited Argentinian self released LP from 1969.

The first 13 tracks are the album Para Catukis, which the duo Alberto Infusino (Sandhy) and Alberto Vanasco (Mandhy) recorded as a demo – which they decided to have pressed as an LP (only 110 were made). The producer was looking for a duo, but Sandhy & Mandhy managed sounded more like a band and were subsequently not picked up.

The other 5 tracks are recordings the duo made with their band La Maquina de Musica, where they performed mostly covers. Here there are three covers: The Doors’ Light my Fire and Crystal Ship, and the Stones’ As Tears Go By. These are low quality acetate recordings from 1967. The final two are from the single recorded by La Maquina de Musica in 1969 of a couple of Sandhy & Mandhy tracks – more polished than the originals (though I like the charm of the originals…)

I really love the cheesy sound of the keyboards throughout – but especially on La Chica Sola Y Triste. And despite the quality of the recordings, the covers are quite fun (I think they keep going back and forth between Spanish and English but I can’t really tell).

A really fun excursion into music of the late sixties, but with a South American flavor.

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