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Los Rockets - Surf Shake LP



The Rockets was founded in 1961, the year the band recorded their first 45rpm. The following year Carlos Gonzalez, arranger, producer, and later solo singer, joins the band, giving them a new twist with a refreshing sound. After the release of some singles and the retirement of Carlos Gonzalez, in 1965 they released their first instrumental album which included their biggest and most distinctive hit, the surf "Playa solitaria". At that time two great exponents of national music were part of the group: Horacio Saavedra and Nano Vicencio. The other importance of the group is that they accompanied several national artists, among them Antonio Zabaleta y el Clan 91. The Rockets were the backing band for many of the new wave rockers, but in '65 they decided to record on their own. As they should. That's how Surf Shake came about. They recorded it with guitar, Hohner bass, Ludwig drums, a metallophone or glockenspiel and a Philicordia keyboard. The Rockets, influenced by jazz and blues, unknowingly drifted to the best quality surf and instrumental rock made in Chile. Surf Shake, their first instrumental album, includes genius mix of styles: jazz standards ("Caravana", "Amor en venta", "No es necesariamente así"); Go Go ("Jarrito de cerveza"); R'n'R ("Candy", "Desperado", "Hola Ximena"); spaghetti western ("Leyenda india"), and surf ("Playa solitaria"). From the original IRT masters.

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