Traffic Sound

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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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Albums

LPN-2354 A Bailar Go-Go — Traffic Sound Traffic Sound A Bailar Go-Go (Album, MiniAlbum) Mag LPN-2354 Peru 1969 Sell This Version
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LPN 2395, LPN-2395 Traffic Sound — Traffic Sound Traffic Sound Traffic Sound (Album) MaG, MaG LPN 2395, LPN-2395 Peru 1970 Sell This Version
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LPN 2382 Virgin — Traffic Sound Traffic Sound Virgin (Album) MaG, MaG LPN 2382 Peru 1970 Sell This Version
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SE-9362, S.E. 9362 Lux — Traffic Sound Traffic Sound Lux (Album) Sono Radio, Sono Radio SE-9362, S.E. 9362 Peru 1972 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

MG-2797 You Got Me Floating / Sueño — Traffic Sound Traffic Sound You Got Me Floating / Sueño (Single) MaG MG-2797 Peru 1968 Sell This Version
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MG-2764 Sky Pilot / Fire — Traffic Sound Traffic Sound Sky Pilot / Fire (Single) Mag MG-2764 Peru 1968 Sell This Version
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2893 Im So Glad / Destruction — Traffic Sound Traffic Sound Im So Glad / Destruction (Single) MaG 2893 Peru 1969 Sell This Version
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CPN 10030 Meshkalina / Simple / Last Song — Traffic Sound Traffic Sound Meshkalina / Simple / Last Song (EP, Maxi) Mag CPN 10030 Peru 1970 Sell This Version
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3002 Meshkalina / Simple — Traffic Sound Traffic Sound Meshkalina / Simple (Single) MaG 3002 Peru 1969 Sell This Version
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3106 Virgin / Tell The World Im Alive — Traffic Sound Traffic Sound Virgin / Tell The World Im Alive(7") Mag 3106 Peru 1970 Sell This Version
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3139 Yellow Sea Days (Primera Parte) / (Segunda Parte) — Traffic Sound Traffic Sound Yellow Sea Days (Primera Parte) / (Segunda Parte)(7") Mag 3139 Peru 1970 Sell This Version
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CPN - 10035 Yesterday's Game / Those Days Have Gone / America — Traffic Sound Traffic Sound Yesterday's Game / Those Days Have Gone / America(7", EP) Mag CPN - 10035 Peru 1970 Sell This Version
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3135 Jews Caboose / Vivian «The Last Song» — Traffic Sound Traffic Sound Jews Caboose / Vivian «The Last Song»(7", Single) MaG 3135 Peru 1970 Sell This Version
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45-86243 La Camita — Traffic Sound Traffic Sound La Camita (Single) Sono Radio 45-86243 Ecuador 1971 Sell This Version
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3277 The Days Have Gone — Traffic Sound Traffic Sound The Days Have Gone(7", Single) Mag 3277 Peru 1971 Sell This Version
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13199 Suavecito / Solos — Traffic Sound Traffic Sound Suavecito / Solos (Single) Sono Radio 13199 Peru 1972 Sell This Version
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VAMPI 45082 Meshkalina — Traffic Sound Paco Zambrano Y Su Combo / Traffic Sound Paco Zambrano Y Su Combo / Traffic Sound - Meshkalina(7", Single) Vampi Soul VAMPI 45082 Spain 2021 Sell This Version
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none Musiclan El Clan Branniff — Traffic Sound Orquestacion De Jaime Delgado Aparicio* Con La Participacion Del Conjunto The Traffic Sound* Orquestacion De Jaime Delgado Aparicio* Con La Participacion Del Conjunto The Traffic Sound* - Musiclan El Clan Branniff(7") Not On Label none Peru Unknown Sell This Version
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EPM-13194 Carrion Tilltomorrow / Hey Revolution / Simple / Meskalina — Traffic Sound We All Together, Traffie Sound* We All Together, Traffie Sound* - Carrion Tilltomorrow / Hey Revolution / Simple / Meskalina(7", EP) Mag EPM-13194 Bolivia Unknown Sell This Version
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Compilations

HBG 122/4 68-69 — Traffic Sound Traffic Sound 68-69 (Comp) Background (2) HBG 122/4 UK 1992 Sell This Version
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205120003 Greatest Hits — Traffic Sound Traffic Sound Greatest Hits (Comp) Discos Hispanos 205120003 Peru 1998 Sell This Version
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VAMPI 061 Yellow Sea Years (Peruvian Psych-Rock-Soul 1968-71) — Traffic Sound Traffic Sound Yellow Sea Years (Peruvian Psych-Rock-Soul 1968-71) (Comp) Vampi Soul VAMPI 061 Spain 2005 Sell This Version

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halleluwahh

January 27, 2022
Awesome group, perhaps the best peruvian group of all time. For anyone interested in checking everything they've released, there's one live album available in streaming services, "Clap at the Jap" with some great performances. I think it was recorded some time in the 2010s.

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