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LOS SHAKERS Discography Los Shakers (1965) For you (1966) La conferencia secreta del Toto's Bar (1968) Members featured in the album Los Shakers (1965) HUGO FATORUSSO - Guitar, keyboards and vocals OSVALDO FATORUSSO - Guitar and vocals ROBERTO "PELIN" CAPOBIANCO - Bass and vocals CARLOS "CAIO" VILA - Drums and vocals Members featured in the album For you (1966) HUGO FATORUSSO - Guitar, keyboards and vocals OSVALDO FATORUSSO - Guitar and vocals ROBERTO "PELIN" CAPOBIANCO - Bass and vocals CARLOS "CAIO" VILA - Drums and vocals If there is a band that justifies a whole chapter to be written about the rock in Uruguay, that band is Los Shakers. Formed in 1963 in Montevideo, they originally played at the Hot Club, thee place for jazz and avant-garde musicians to join informal jams; among them, the brothers Hugo y Osvaldo Fatorusso. At the beginning of 1964, when the Beatles wave arrived in Uruguay, the four musicians decided to fit their instruments, gears and hairstyles accordingly and formed a band that would constitute an absolute exception of quality in the local panorama of this time. With a singular skill to play, arrange and write songs, left a legacy that constituted a turning point: there is clearly a before and an after Los Shakers. As soon as they were formed, moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, causing a small revolution. They immediately turned into teenage idols, the local representation of the phenomenon that The Beatles were causing so far away. But Los Shakers did have many excellent original compositions as well (all feature English lyrics), enhanced with great interpretations and memorable personal arrangements. Their first album (1965) had a strong dominating beat all along the tracks, framed within a completely dynamic concept and excellent compositions. This LP included "Rompan Todo" ("Break it all") their all-time biggest hit, as well as other remarkable songs like "Qué amor" ("What to love") and only two covers: "Keep searchin´" (by Del Shannon) and Lesley Gore's "It’s my party". While the album sold a lot (it was published in almost all Latin America), Los Shakers continued securing their career through countless appearances on TV, ballrooms and theatres of Uruguay and Argentina. Soon followed four singles, among them "Sólo en tus ojos" (Only in your eyes), "Paren el juego'' ("Stop the game") and "Quieres por favor" ("Won't you please"), all remarkable pearls of absolute personality. For their second album (Shakers for You) they sophisticated their music and image, not only abandoning the Beatles´ suits, but also introducing unusual musical styles like eastern music ("Espero que les guste 042). In Brazil, the bossa nova based "Nunca Nunca" ("Never Never") became a tremendous hit. Other singles were "No molestar " and the percussion based number "Adorable Lola" (Lovely Lola), one of the best songs they have ever recorded. In 1967 they went to Venezuela, where they cut some new songs as well as new versions of their biggest hits (now in stereo), with the purpose of releasing an album in the USA. In fact, by the end of the year the LP was released through a small label, but flopped. By this time the band began to lose direction. They recorded many songs for EMI Argentina (their all time label), but only few were eventually released as singles. The musical quality was not as good as before and one particular single "Marilu" b/w "Si lo supiera mama " (both sung in Spanish) was highly related to the Uruguayan carnival (Mardi Gras) repertoire, that little had to do with their previous production. In spite of these signs of lack of inspiration, and the inevitable personal conflicts between the band members, in 1968 Los Shakers managed to release a truly masterpiece. La Conferencia Secreta del Toto's Bar (The Secret Conference at the Toto´s Bar) was their last album. Great songs like "B.B.B.Band", the stylistic innovations of "Más largo que el Ciruela", the impeccable execution of "Candombe" and the superb "Siempre tú" are probably the best tracks. From the pure and simple beat to the melodic psychedelia, along with jazz, candombe and even tango: all styles are played in one of the best albums ever recorded in South America. Absolutely recommended!. Unfortunately, the group split. Brothers Hugo and Osvaldo Fatorusso continued their career in the USA, initially as sidemen to the Brazilian musician Airto Moreira (they played on his album Fingers) and later joining fellow countryman Ringo Thielmann for the trio Opa. This group release couple of good albums of latin-jazz-rock candombe for the label Milestone: Goldenwings in 1976, and Magic time (now with Rubén Rada as new member) in 1977. Roberto "Pelin" Capobianco moved to Brazil where he currently plays in a symphonic orchestra, while Carlos "Caio" Vila went to Venezuela to become a record producer. Information: http://tinpan.fortunecity.com/waterloo/728/magicland/beat.html