Highly Recommended. SouthAmerican Beat.
Banda rosarina pionera del Rock Argentino. Originariamente bautizada los "Wild Cats", en 1964 cantaban en inglés en fiestas y como teloneros de grupos llegados de Buenos Aires. En el repertorio estaban las canciones de Chuck Berry y Elvis Presley. Poco a poco, y con la llegada de Litto Nebbia, se fueron incorporando temas propios (tanto en inglés como en castellano), hasta alternar un estilo más cercano a The Hollies, The Beatles y The Animals.(Rock-ar)
Los Gatos Salvajes (which translates as "The Wild Cats") are generally cited as Argentina's first great beat-era group, playing solid, bluesy garage rock at a time when the scene was hopping in America and the United Kingdom but scarcely existed in Latin America. While los Gatos Salvajes were clearly influenced by the Beatles, it's not hard to tell that they'd been listening to the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds as well, and the Farfisa organ that made its way into their arrangements suggests they were checking out a few American garage acts as well. However, the group put their own spin on the beat sound, singing their own songs in their native tongue, and more than 40 years after they released their first recordings, an anthology of their music has finally appeared in the United States. Los Gatos Salvajes Complete Recordings includes all 12 cuts from los Gatos Salvajes' first and only album, seven non-LP single sides, highlights from appearances on Argentine television, and some demo recordings of singer and guitarist Litto Nebbia working out new songs for the group. Anyone hoping to hear frantic blues wailing or atomic-powered teen angst will probably be a bit disappointed; while los Gatos Salvajes could deliver respectable versions of "Little Red Rooster" or "Talking 'Bout You," on much of this album they sound like the teenagers they were, still finding their way through their music at a time and place where simply playing rock & roll was a rebellious act. But that's also part of this disc's very real charm — los Gatos Salvajes were five young men who loved rock & roll and played with the sincerity of true believers, blazing a trail for hundreds of Latin rockers who would follow, and the original songs here show they had learned enough from their influences to develop an impressive voice of their own, one which would grow stronger when they later evolved into los Gatos. Fun stuff, and a real eye opener for fans of international garage sounds.
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