Impala Syndrome, The

Band members               Related acts

- Bernardo Ball - 

- Francisco Belisario - 

- Rodolfo Marquez - 

- Edgardo Quintero - 

- Nerio Quinero - 

- Henry Stephen - vocals




- Los Impalas




Genre: psych

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  Impala Syndrome

Company: Parallax

Catalog: P-4002

Year: 1968

Country/State: Columbia

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: minor warp, doesn't effect play; sticker on cover - see picture

Available: SOLD

GEMM catalog ID: SOLD

Price: SOLD

Cost: $40.00


In an era of multi-nationalism, these guys were only 30 years ahead of their time ...  In the process they also manage to record one of our favorite late-'60s releases.


Originally from Venezuela, this outfit started out playing as Los Impalas.  By 1965 they'd relocated to Spain, picking up an Anglo lead singer in Henry Stephen.  By the late-'60s they'd ditched Stephen and moved to Chicago, Illinois.  Signed by the small Parallax label (which included Sacred Mushroom on its short recording roster), 1969's "Impala Syndrome" teamed the band (Bernardo Ball, Francisco Belisario, Rodolfo Marquez, Edgardo Quintero and Nerio Quinero) with producer Martin Brummer (Brummer also co-wrote the majority of the ten selections).  Musically diverse, the band managed to successfully dip their collective toes into a number of genres.  "Love Grows a Flower" stood as a pretty Association-styled flower power ballad.  "New Love Time" demonstrated they could handle blue-eyed soul (with a nice Latin touch).  The closing number "Run (Don't Look Behind)" sported a then-trendy Eastern-flavored aura.  More impressive to our ears, were fuzz guitar propelled rockers "Too Much Time" and "Let Them Try".  Seriously, there isn't a bad track here, though the entire 10 selection barely clock in at 30 minutes.  In spite of the brevity, the set's well worth the admission price !!!       


"The Impala Syndrome" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) Too Much Time   (F. Chanona - Martin Brummer - G. Brusnar) - 3:04

2.) Love Grows a Flower   (Francisco Belisaro - Rodolfo Marquez - Martin Brummer - I.E. Pittelman) - 3:46

3.) Children of the Forest   (K. Perea - Martin Brummer - G. Brusnar) - 4:30

4.) For a Small Fee   (L. Acosta - Martin Brummer - G. Brusnar) - 2:36

5.) New Love Time   (Edgardo Quintero - Martin Brummer) - 2:55


(side 2)

1.) Let Them Try  (Edgardo Quintero - Rodolfo Marquez - Martin Brummer) - 3:00

2.) Land of No Time  (Francisco Belisaro - Rodolfo Marquez - Martin Brummer) - 3:14

3.) I Want to Hug the Sky  (F. Chanona - Martin Brummer - G. Brusnar) - 3:23

4.) Leave, Eve  (Francisco Belisaro - Edgardo Quintero - Rodolfo Marquez - Martin Brummer) - 2:45

5.) Run (Don't Look Behind)   (A. Neri - Martin Brummer - G. Busnar) - 4:23


We always wondered about the name - An impala is an animal similar to a deer.  Native to Africa, they have an amazing ability to jump great heights and distances (up to 10 feet high and 30 feet distance from a standing position).  One problem - the animal won't jump unless it can see where it's going to land.  What's that got to do with anything?  I don't really know ...  it just seemed kind of interesting.