Thursday, May 5, 2011

Las Antorchas (1966-68)

I've picked up the latest proposal from the comments section and continue with new posts. The older files will be restored from time to time (there are still more than 200 left).

Las Antorchas were formed by five college students and originated out of Mexico City. They released only one E.P. on Orfeon but had enough material for a longplayer. They split around 68/69 but after a line-up change they continued simply named as Antorcha. Under that moniker they recorded five singles and an album, released 1976. VAM Records collects all their known material as Las Antorchas on one CD (VAM/Orfeon Video Vox CMS-205« / 2006). The organ is sometimes horribly off-key and the vocals don't make a big impression. The worst track is their cover of "Hello, Goodbye" (Hola Adios), one of the few Fab Four songs I rather dislike. However they have a few good cover versions and strangely enough this collection works as a whole. Not to forget the excellent "Dime", a really great acid-punk track but not representative for their sound. Conclusion: they were not as good as Los Ovnis/Apocalipsis etc. but better than Tijuana Five or Los Belmonts (if that helps in any way). The CD comes with liners and VAM also released their subsequent material as Antorcha, but more about them in my next post.

- La Antorcha
- Opus 14 Interior 12
- Tu Me Enseñaste
- Dime
- Tu Me Enseñaste (instrumental)
- Shake
- Un Poquito Más
- Confesion
- No Espero Ya Por Ti
- Substitute
- Anoche Fue
- Nunca Te Amado Mas
- No Lo Hagas
- Sabia
- Hola Adios
- El Soldado
- Canta Conmigo
- Dime (instrumental)

Jorge Gonzalez (lead gtr, vcls)
Fernando Mercado (gtr, vcls)
Omar Cortes Gaviño (bs, vcls)
Victor Manuel Motta Aviles (keyb'ds, rhythm gtr, vcls)
Bernardo Minerva (drms, lead vcls)

Band origin:
Mexico City (Mexico)

1. Un Poquito Más/No Lo Hagas/Anoche Fue/Shake
   (Orfeon EP-734) 1967

Get it here (Artwork included)

Listen to Dime


jose kortozirkuito said...

¡Vaya susto! Creía que habías desaparecido.
Gracias por tanta música compartida

JeanBernardFrance said...

Some very good tracks with great guitar playing.Thanks Buffalo.
A few weeks ago I sent side A of A Robinson album and a mail to know if it arrived.
But no answer so perhaps nothing arrived??.

juan manuel muñoz said...

muchas gracias mi hermano, tenía algunas canciones de Las Antorchas, pero me faltaban otras.

un abrazo

juan manuel(amigodelblues)

Robert Charbonnier said...

The quality of your posts is unbelievable. Always the best material of fantastic groups, and that we don't find anywhere else.

Thank you very very much !