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New Juggler Sound, Laghonia, Smog, and the first We All Together (later on some of the members reunite in the 80s) constitute the only rock saga in Latin America. With 40 years of permanence during which, although they have had their ups and downs, they always maintained a solid musical coherence oriented towards what today is defined as power pop. The best of their early magic is revealed in this anthology in all its secret splendor.

New Juggler Sound marks the commencement of this productive and secretive saga during the essential years of 1965-1973. During their founding moments (and they had many, as their history is full of reinvention) they were their country's version of the Beatles. But once they gained creative freedom and left behind direct influences, they were simply a great rock and roll band with an unparalleled sound.

They started practicing and meeting up in Maranga, Peru, in 1965. In the beginning the band consisted in Saúl Cornejo and Alberto Miller on guitars and vocals, Eddy Zarauz on bass, Carlos Salom on the Hammond organ, Manuel Cornejo on drums, and Alex Abad on percussion. Extremely influenced from the beginning by the Mersey Beat prevalent at that time, and guided by the exquisite vocal harmonies of the Byrds, they released two 45s on the RCA Victor label. The group soars higher into the psychedelic stratosphere and move more towards an Acid style; influenced by the Eric Clapton style in the Yardbirds and Cream. Alberto Miller leaves the band and is replaced by Davey Levene, a guitar virtuoso who they record three 45s with. New Juggler Sound reaches its creative peak. There is immediate chemistry between the melodic sensitivity of Saúl Cornejo and the Acid talent of Davey Levene which manifests itself in improvisations filled with the colors of pop and other shades closer to that of black music. These three 45s are of the most beautiful gems to ever emerge, not only in Peruvian psychedelia but for pyschedelia period.

1968: New Juggler Sound changes their name to Laghonia and initiates a new phase. Under this new name they release “Glue”, a first LP which in reality is a New Juggler Sound anthology with the exception of the songs Neighbor and My Love. With these two songs, the group announces its new orientation towards a greater predominance of keyboards and the creation of atmospheres, an influence probably taken from the melodic range unlocked by Todd Rundgren‘s Nazz. Laghonia's new style will appear in all its splendor on the second LP, Etcetera, and the 45 “World Full of Nuts b/w We all”.

In 1970 Saúl Cornejo accepts a proposal from Carlos Guerrero to form part of a project seeking to recreate the sound of bands like The Iveys/Badfinger and Wings. The band -christened We All Together- grew on a vocal level returning to the times of their early years when vocal harmonies were paramount. In 1971 Ernesto Samamé founds Smog, a parallel group accompanied by Manuel Guerrero on guitar and vocals, and Eduardo Vásquez on drums. They record a brilliant 45 and break up. Meanwhile We All Together record a second album to later split up in 1973. During the second half of the 70s, in that dark era when Rock in Peru literally died, they release their last reincarnation under the name You.

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