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Boomkat Product Review:
Obscure psych-funk and soul reissue "The missing link between the Psychedelic sounds of Texas and the Chicano Soul and Funk of the late 1960s and early 1970s. El Gusano embraced the the sounds of their day to craft this lost instrumental masterpiece". Faithfully remastered and presented with heavy, old-school tip-on LP jacket with color liner notes and unpublished photos, checking this album feels like cracking open a time capsule buried on a hot Texan evening in 1975. The band was formed and lead by Eugenio "Gene" Jaimez in the years after he returned from Vietnam, physically damaged by a shrapnel wound and mentally scarred by post-traumatic stress disorder, which still causes him anxiety to this day. In a sense, the introspective instrumental psychedlia of 'Fantasia Del Barrio' is a process of coming to terms with his time in 'Nam, using experience gained playing with an R&B outfit in Tokyo when completing his tour and mixing it with a love of local Tejano (Tex-Mex funk and soul), a taste for LSD and marijuana exploration and the under-represented politics of Hispanics in Texas. This all combines to create a deeply melancholy and personal set of grooves that have become a holy grail to breaks and psyche diggers, partly due to the scarcity of the original 300 copies. There aren't many more in this run, only 1000 hand-numbered copies, but each one is just as sought-after so please hurry if you'd like one!