Monday, August 26, 2013

The Mads - Molesto (1967-68/71 peru, fantastic rough heavy groovy psych)

Los Mads started out in the mid-1960s, playing covers and a few of their own songs on Peruvian television. But a chance sea-side encounter with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards after a private party got the Mads the chance to go to England; interest from Stones' manager Marshall Chess got them backstage to see Hendrix at the Isle of Wight—and recording time in the Rolling Stones studio. 

Some demos recorded there and at Jagger's Stargroves castle (recorded live to studio truck, just like Led Zeppelin did for their third and fourth albums) plus a name change to MOLESTO got them gigs at the main venues in London. They jammed with Steve Winwood and Brian Davison (The Nice); they played with Jeff Beck and Carmine Appice; Molesto's guitar player, Alex Ventura, worked in a clothing boutique alongside Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor. They were in the musical heart of England. And at that point, faced with growing friction within the group, Molesto disbanded. This disc collects recordings from all three stages of Los Mads/The Mads/Molesto's six year career, including two tracks from the Stargroves session. 

The early tracks are groovy post Summer of Love stuff: 'Birds in My Tree' is a musical creamsicle, just right for summer nights. The excellent eight plus minute instrumental 'Tumor Bossa' has a Santana-esque feel. But the flamethrower guitar on Molesto tracks like 'Feels Like Love' and 'Fly Away' (which luckily clocks in at more than seven minutes) needs to be heard to be believed. Hard driving and heavy; wild, fast, rhythmic, and furious: top of the table stuff. Most tracks are sung in English.
by Adamus67
1. If You Feel - 4:39
2. Fly Away - 7:04
3. Feels Like Love - 2:59
4. Tumorbossa - 8:37
5. Birds In My Tree - 4:54
6. Live A Little Longer - 3:22
7. Rock ‘n’ Roll Woman - 9:18
8. Aouh Aouh - 6:36
9. Last Time (Bonus Track) - 3:00
10.I've Got That Feeling (Bonus Track) - 3:06

The Mads
*Manolo Ventura - Lead Guitar
*Bil Morgan - Bass, Vocals
*Alex Ventura - Rhythm Guitar
*Richard Macedo - Drums
*Manongo Mujica - Drums

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  1. Killer post Marios, thank you so much for this great gem from Peru 60's era.

    Could you post more band from Peru 60's.


  2. Thank you so much Marios and Adamus67, long time not see you Marios since the time of PHROCK Blog...

    Any chance to "We All Together", "Laghonia" or "Telegraph Avenue" from the same label Repsychled from Peru sixties era.

    Have a good day, greetings.

  3. Amazing band,never heard it before.Thank you for this rarity...

  4. Many thanks for Mads. Very nice group