"Pepe Smith") as singer-drummer-composer; and singer-bassist-composer Mike Hanopol.
The five Philippine compositions have more substance than often heard in middle of the road music performed here.
The six remakes of foreign hits include the Beatles' "In My Life," Jackie De Shannon's 1960s hit "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," and Bread's "If." American and European music is very popular in the Philippines, more popular than native music, and many Philippine albums contain remakes of foreign hits.
Rene Segueco (organ/piano/vocal) was also recruited to replace Bing Labrador.
In the wake of this major revamp, the Juan Dela Cruz Band recorded its first album in 1971, entitled Up in Arms, which was released by the Vicor Music Corporation under its Sunshine Records imprint.
Wally Gonzales is showcased in this early effort as a progressive rock guitarist characteristic of the early '70s rock milieu.
In several months, keyboardist Rene Sugueco had also left (briefly replaced by Larry Martinez), and bassist Clifford Ho (briefly replaced by Tony Rodriguez).
However, complications caused Sandy Tagarro to leave abruptly barely after concluding the Up In Arms recording sessions; not even to pose for the album photography.
Consequently, the the group picture for 33-RPM Long Playing album's cover showed a different drummer (Bobot Guerrero), with Tagarro's name stricken off the personnel credits, other than for his mention as composer of one song ("Lady in White Satin").
It was during this transition phase that Joey Smith had recently returned to the Philippines from a successful sojourn in Japan, and tenuously assumed the vocalist's role, particularly for a botched rock musical adaptation of Erich Segal's Love Story at the Cultural Center in 1973.
The state of Juan Dela Cruz's gradual dissolution led Wally Gonzales to reconvene an all-new powerhouse trio, with Joey Smith (later a.k.a.
She may have a future as a singer, however, as she appears confident and poised on this album.