El Chicles —
Viva Tirado ... CD Polydor/Pregador Do Som (Germany), 1970. New Copy ...
A funky killer from this legendary European group – a record that's filled with as much funk and soul as the Latin elements you might have guessed from the title! El Chicles may have been a studio project, but they were a heck of a funky one – with hard drums, tight bass, and mixed-up Latin funky groove that was always pretty right on, no matter what the material happened to be! This cold little jammer from the early 70s features the group riffing hard on funky covers of "Viva Tirado", "Ode To Billy Joe", and "I'm A Man" – and grooving even better on the original tracks "Drug Bay" and the break-heavy "At Nee-Ko". There's some excellent organ in the mix, and the whole thing's packaged in a very cheesy cover! (Soul, Latin)CD
A power-pop classic from early 80s Spain – the debut of Los Secretos, a group with a sound that's very much in keeping with their look on the cover! We might put this one right in the territory of the classic debut by The Knack – as these guys have a similar sort of tightness, and a great way of bridging generations with their straightforward approach, and super-catchy ear for a tune! Lyrics are all in Spanish, but there's a really universal appeal to the whole thing – and titles include "Me Aburro", "Nino Mimado", "Dejame", "No Me Digas Nada", "Ojos De Perdida", "Que Puedo Hacer Yo", "Otra Tarde", and "Sobre Un Vidrio Mojado". (Rock, Latin)LP, Vinyl record album
A real killer from the mighty Tito Rodriguez – a set that's got him opening up a bit more than usual, with a vibe that reflects some of the changes coming from the younger corners of the Latin scene! The album's got a lively feel, and a bit more jazz than usual from Tito – a flavor that's maybe more like some of the Alegre or Tico albums coming out at the time, and less like some of Rodriguez more crossover albums on United Artists. The album's got two killer descarga numbers – "Descarga Cachao" and "Descarga Malanga" – both of which are hard-hitting, fiercely-jamming tunes that really push past the usual Latin fluff of Tito's albums – and the tracks start with heavy percussion, and feature lots of jazzy solo work. Other titles are nice too – and include "Tremendo Cumban", "Boco Boco", "Sun Sun Babae", and "La Toalla". CD