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Album Review

No date of release is given in the liner notes of the CD reissue of We All Together's first album, which was reportedly issued in 1972 — but since it has a cover of a song from Paul McCartney's 1973 Band on the Run ("Bluebird") and since their second album came out in 1974, we can assume this is probably from 1973 or 1974. The Beatles, and particularly McCartney, fixation is obvious; they also cover a couple of obscure numbers from Wings' Wildlife album ("Tomorrow" and "Some People Never Know"), and throw in Badfinger's "Carry on Till Tomorrow" for good measure. Most of the album consists of original material, though, which is quite accomplished, well arranged, and melodic. What sets them apart from the leagues of other Beatles wannabes is that their song structures are usually not obviously derivative of well-known tunes by the real deal, and executed with a pretty unforced, natural ease. McCartney isn't the only one subject to tribute; "Dear Sally" has an echoey Lennon-esque hard rock vocal right from his Phil Spector-produced era, while "Ozzy" has a mock-Harrison slide guitar part. No, it doesn't get high marks for originality. But if you like late-'60s Beatles, early-'70s Beatles solo albums, and Badfinger, you'd be a fool not to try this on for size.

Customer Reviews

Good tunes from a by-gone era

The Beatles were gone. Paul McCartney was playing silly love songs with the Wings. It was the early 1970s in Lima, Peru and a group of musicians formed the band We All Together as a notalgic view of a bygone era. We danced these songs with girlfriends and boyfriends in Mom and Dad's garage using portable turntables together with Santana and Ten Years After. I can't remember how many car washes to my Dad's car I did in order to buy this album (we did not have allowances). I ended losing this album to an ex-girfriend (two tragic loses).
By far Some People Never Know was the most popular song in the album. It was better constructed than McCartney's version and it played zillions of times in the Summer of 1973.

We all together

Here you have an album released in 1972 by a group of 5 young men from Lima, Peru. They are Carlos Guerrero, Saul Cornejo, Manuel Cornejo, Ernesto Samamé & Carlos Salom. 10 songs make up this great classic. 4 of them are covers, 2 from Paul McCartney & 2 from Badfinger. What is most amazing about this album is their accent. It's hard to tell that they're Spanish speaking Peruvians as their English is good. Not only that, their compositions are also in English. The album starts with the short little ballad "children". It's reminiscent of Lennon's "jealous guy", who by the way was a huge influence on them. Next track is "young people" & it starts with a brief little prelude if you like, before getting to the main part of the song. What I like most about this song is the guitar solo in the middle. it's so mellow & sweet that it could only be produced with a Gibson ES335 plugged into a fender amplifier. How Saul managed to score not one but two Gibsons (a six string & a twelve string) is a mistery to me given that they were expensive & hard to come by in Latin American countries. Next up is "carry on till tomorrow" which is a cover of Badfinger's original from the "magic Christian" album. WAT's cover mimics BF's original & does it beautifully. This song could definitely become a staple in live acoustic gigs. "it's a sin to go away" is their psychedelic trip. It's chock full of swirling organ drones, enough reverb to drown out screaming fans in a stadium & backward guitars thrown in for good measure. "tomorrow" is a rendition of McCartney's "wings wild life" L.P & here I'm gonna give it to WAT because their version far supersedes (IMO) the original one. It's done with much more enthusiasm & the ending makes you want to take out your lighter & sing the fading chorus with them, I know I've done that many times lol. On to "hey revolution". Now this one is a battling cry against the corrupt military system put in place & led by velasco in the early 70s. It's a great hard rocking song, probably the hardest WAT ever sounded, & it's got a bit of the Beatles' own "revolution" in the middle which they pull off very well. "walking in the rain" is by far my favorite cut on the album. It's another cover of BF but this one trumps the original in everything. The vocals are superb, the drums have a really good beat & the end has a string section which was not on the original BF version. Worth buying the album for that one track alone. "why?" is a luscious almost dreamy ballad with a nice organ accompaniment throughout. Next is McCartney's "some people never know". This was their breakthrough single which put them on the map & was such a huge hit that Peruvians demanded they record a full album if it was gonna sound anything like this, they weren't disappointed. Last but not least is "the city will be a country" which is like the title suggests, a little country ditty. This basically shows that the band are musically well versed & that they can tap into the broad range of any musical spectrum. Variety is key to the success of any album & We All Together proved just that by breaking sales records in their native Peru. Not bad for 5 Peruvians who set out to make really good music in English & release their efforts to a Spanish speaking audience.


Formed: Peru

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s

The Peruvian band We All Together, though unknown beyond a core cluster of cultists, was among the prime exponents of Beatlesque pop/rock in the early '70s. Led by singer and frequent composer Carlos Guerrero, who (along with some other members) had been in the Peruvian rock band Laghonia, they released two albums (singing in English) in the first half of the '70s. These were fashioned after the lighter side of the late-'60s Beatles, particularly in the vocal harmonies, melodic tunes, and sophisticated...
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