EL POLEN - Cholo

Buh Records present for the first time in vinyl format, the reissues of the two first and fundamental albums by El Polen, the legendary Peruvian band formed in the late 1960s by brothers Juan Luis and Raul Pereira. Two records highly sought by collectors round the world due to the majesty of a sound where you find Andean music, folk and psychedelia. 1972s Cholo, presented here, and 1973s Fuera De La Ciudad (Out of the City") (BR 090LP) are two landmarks in Peruvian music, as they are two works that start a path for fusion between rock and native music in Peru and Latin America. This influential Peruvian band, pioneer of the fusion of Andean music, folk, and psychedelia, is the favorite artist of Devendra Banhart.

With Cholo, recorded in 1972, El Polen and rock fusion began their history in Peru. Seven songs emerge: "La Flor" ("The Flower"), "Cholito Pantalon Blanco" ("White Pants Little Cholo"), "Paisajes De Quenas" ("Quena Landscapes"), "Valicha", "Sitting Dreaming", "Tondero", and "Sequencias De Organillo Y Poliphon". The name of the album comes from the film that director Bernardo Batievski shot to honor the life of soccer player Hugo "Cholo" Sotil. "We were the only group that auditioned for the film. Batievski immediately after hearing us said: this is the mestizo music I need. Part of the repertoire we had in those times was included in the record, these were songs we had already played in many concerts and that had matured for more than a year", Juan Luis remembers, 48 years after recording Cholo. For this record the musicians sat on the floor, turned the studio lights off, and recorded "the magic of Cholo" in only three hours. The input by Ayacucho musician Alejandro Vivanco was incredible. Rock roots, symphonic, progressive, psychedelic tints emerge from these songs combined with Peruvian folklore. The Cholo adventure was possible with the participation of Juan Sebastian Montesinos, Ernesto Pinto, Fernando Silva, and Beto Martinez. The present edition in vinyl format has been produced from the master tapes with the authorization and supervision of the band itself. This is the starting point for a series of releases of a new collection of Buh Records dedicated to El Polen." - Buh.
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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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