miércoles, 23 de julio de 2014

La Kabala - La Kabala (197?)


Just two things are sure about this album. The group name is "La Kabala", and have a good ensemble of Psych, Funk, Latin music, Salsa and Rock. A big influence taken from Santana's style.
The rest... just a mystery. Searching on the net, some people said that are a group from Perú, and others said that they're mexicans, both opinions without a good source.
Track 1 and 5 are the same tracks with different titles, perhaps an error on pressing and recording... I don't know!
The production is not too good, but quite interesting.
The one who can put some light (with good fundamentals) about this album, will be very welcome!

8 comentarios:

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  2. I think of this album more as Latin Rock/Pop than psychedelic, but really GOOD Latin Rock/Pop. My curiosity led me to do a little research on the record's date, and my conclusion is that it was released in late 1972 or possibly early 1973.. definitely not as early as 1967. Two things support this: the first is the song title "Carrera 71". This most likely refers to the famous Porsche cars which came under the "Carrera" name/category. Why would a group recording in 1967 record a song title referring to a 1971 Porsche model? Not likely at all. However my second finding is more conclusive: La Kabala also released a 45 single which can be found on discogs.com link here ( http://www.discogs.com/La-Kabala-Caliente-Miami-Beach/release/5404318 ). Note that this Ecuadorian 45 has the release # ECK-200249 though no date. These release #s, though, are always useful as these are sequential by date. Through google I was able to find an Ecuadorian (ECK) 45 released by the band Sweet, the title "Wig Wam Bam", which as glam aficianados know, was released in September 1972. That single, shown here link ( http://www.7inchrecords.com/Discography/Sweet/sweet2.asp?Page=2 ) is also on RCA Victor, has the release # ECK-200235. La Kabala's single comes sequentially after this release, therefore could not have been released BEFORE Sept. 1972. Going by this link ( http://www.45cat.com/record/eck200334 ) we see another Ecuadorian single by a group called "Polaca" with the release # ECK-200344, this time with the date (1974) also on the label. So considering all factors, especially these Ecuadorian release #s, we see that sequentially it would be impossible that the La Kabala single would be released before Sept. 1972 and not so late as 1974. Therefore late 1972 or more likely early 1973 would be the best guess for the La Kabala 45's provenance. And since albums and their "lead single" are usually released in fairly close proximity datewise, it's likely the album is also from 1972-1973. Some authorities say La Kabala wasn't a "band" per se, but several groups that contributed to the LP. As we see, there are several different songwriters (bandleaders?) with names "Krumppss, Rigual" indicating different nationalities. However, that is another controversy and I don't claim to know the answers to that one. Cheers, Sean

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    1. Hey Sean!!! Good point of view!!! Thanks!! I was searching for the catalogue number at the RCA list and said that "La kabala" album was released in 1970, by RCA Peru. but still not sure if they are from Perú or Mexico. About the track "Carrera 71", the short lyric talks about a white horse that falls just before reaching the finish line, so I think that the track is not about the Porsche's race. I'll keep searching about this release, the vinyl has very little information! Thanks a lot for your message!!! Much appreciated! and if you find more about this please let me know!. Ariel

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  3. Hi Ariel, The single is listed on discogs.com as an Ecuadoran release so the album may be from there as well? The label numbers I gave were for Ecuadoran 45's and all began with ECK- . As I said record labels never release singles numbered out of order chronologically, so I'm pretty certain of the dating 1972-1973 and think that the date of 1970 was just someone's guess since the album itself was apparently undated. Sean

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    1. Hi Sean, the album I have, (the one posted here), was made in Peru, by RCA Victor Peru. MKL/S-1932. I saw the RCA catalogue and that number is from 1970 (The album, not the single) Is pretty common also that records label releases first a Single, and then the Album, but sometimes the album came first than the Single. I asked to a mexican friend, (really music lover) and he reply me today saying that he remember the group "La kabala", and he's almost sure that they're from Mexico, but they was living in another country. So.... could it be Peru??? Ecuador??? I don't know!

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    2. Wait! I found another record, made in mexico number MKL/S-1928, released in 1972, so I think you're right about the year, could it be released end 1972 or early 1973. But why my album have the catalogue beginning with MKL/S (that is RCA Mexico), but say that is made in Peru? Strange!

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  4. Sometimes records were pressed in countries other than where they were sold. The US, especially in the 1960s would often press singles for other countries like Germany and Italy. These would have their own distinct labels but somewhere on them would give an indication they were made in the USA. Perhaps Mexico did the same for other Latin American countries? I'm not certain but that would be my guess. Sean

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  5. Ariel, I think 1972 is definitely the date. Looking on popsike.com not only do I see that original pressings of the album are quite rare, but that it was released in Peru (most common), El Salvador and Columbia, as well as Ecuador as I mentioned earlier. There is also a Mexican (I think) white label RCA Victor promo single with an actual date on it here: http://www.popsike.com/LA-KABALA-El-cumbanchero-7-on-RCA-VICTOR-latin-psych/400147545577.html ) and the date is 1972. Actually it shows a "P" in a circle (meaning produced/manufactured) with "1972-6" after it. June 1972 seems perfectly reasonable for this promo single's date since these often come out well before the album or its commercial singles' releases. Best, Sean

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