It’s an old story. A band releases its only album on a relatively small label, they go their separate ways within a matter of months, and very few copies of the original pressing survive today. The only bit that makes the Sacros version mildly more interesting is that they’re from Chile and their own military destroyed most of their first and only vinyl run in 1973. Outside of the digital crate-digger’s attraction of finding a possible lost gem, there is little luster to this eponymous debut. The musicianship throughout these ten works of acoustic pop and country-rock is competent but average for the era, and the tape rip Shadocks found for this reissue is horribly noisy. If repressed in the highest fidelity, I’m pretty sure Sacros would actually be somewhat decent, since many of their tone textures and melodic tricks are obscured by a hissy fuzz. As is, it’s back to obscurity for the Sacros tragedy.
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