Traffic Sound

Traffic Sound

Profile:
Psychedelic and Prog Rock band from Peru.
Traffic Sound was a Peruvian rock band founded in 1967 by Manuel Sanguinetti (vocals), Freddy Rizo Patrón (rhythm guitar), Jean Pierre Magnet (sax), Willy Barclay (Willy "Wilito" Barclay) (lead guitar), Willy Thorne (bass) and Luis Nevares (Luis "Lucho" Nevares) (drums). Freddy and Manuel had met in school and played in Los Hang Ten's. Freddy and his older brother Jose originally thought of founding "Traffic Sound".
The name was chosen because of their penchant for a traffic light, placed as a souvenir in the attic of the Rizo-Patróns house, where they held their practices, after a wild night in Lima.
After a year of continued rehearsals and private shows they tried their luck at Peruvian psychedelic emporium The Tiffany with great success and recorded his first album "A Bailar Go Go" in 1968 with label MAG. It contained versions of songs by The Doors, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Iron Butterfly and The Animals. In later albums they included their own music with a fusion of Andean and Afro-Latin sounds. They held gigs in Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.
Their second album "Virgin" (1969), all original material, catapulted them to legendary status especially because it contains the absolute icon of Peruvian Psychedelia, "Meshkalina".
In 1970 they recorded another LP named "Traffic Sound", aka. III, aka. "Tibet's Suzettes", where they blend the Psychedelic spirit with an Andean folk sound, and give the necessary step to be closer than ever to progressive rock.
In 1971 Braniff International Airways organized the first South American Tour of a Peruvian band, and Traffic Sound was well received in demanding markets such as Argentina and Brazil.
After the tour they switched to bigger label Sono Radio and released four singles. At this point Willy Thorne left the band and was replaced by Zulu (7) or (Miguel Angel Ruiz Orbegoso) on bass, with whom they recorded their last LP, "Lux". Incredibly, during a massive strike of Sono Radio workers the master tapes disappeared and were only found in 1996. This album is different to the previous, the Andean influence is more evident and some political concerns were expressed.
The band held a memorable concert at the Teatro Segura in Lima together with the Contemporary Orchestra of Peruvian jazz pianist Jaime Delgado Aparicio in 1971 and disbanded in 1972.
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Traffic Sound Discography

Albums

2354 Traffic Sound A Bailar Go-Go (Album) Mag 2354 Peru 1969 Sell This Version
LPN-2395 Traffic Sound Traffic Sound (Album) Mag LPN-2395 Peru 1970 Sell This Version
LPN 701 / LPN 2382 Traffic Sound Virgin (Album) MaG LPN 701 / LPN 2382 Peru 1970 Sell This Version
SE-9362 Traffic Sound Lux (Album) Sono Radio SE-9362 Peru 1972 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MG-2764 Traffic Sound Sky Pilot / Fire(7", Single) Mag MG-2764 Peru 1968 Sell This Version
MG-3002 Traffic Sound Meshkalina (Single) Mag MG-3002 Peru 1969 Sell This Version
10035 Traffic Sound Yesterday's Game / Those Days Have Gone / America(7", Single) Mag 10035 Peru 1970 Sell This Version
13110 Traffic Sound La Camita / You Got To Be Sure! (Single) Sono Radio 13110 Peru 1971 Sell This Version
13199 Traffic Sound Suavecito / Solos(7", Single) Sono Radio 13199 Peru 1971 Sell This Version
CPM10030 Traffic Sound Meshkalina / Simple / Last Song(7", Maxi) Mag CPM10030 Peru Unknown Sell This Version
3106 Traffic Sound Virgen / Tell The World Im Alive(7") Mag 3106 Peru Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

HBG 122/4 Traffic Sound 68-69(CD, Album, RE, Comp) Background (2) HBG 122/4 UK 1992 Sell This Version
205120003 Traffic Sound Greatest Hits(CD, Comp) Discos Hispanos 205120003 Peru 1998 Sell This Version
VAMPI 061 Traffic Sound Yellow Sea Years (Peruvian Psych-Rock-Soul 1968-71) (Comp) Vampi Soul VAMPI 061 Spain 2004 Sell This Version

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