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
One of the more obscure recordings from Astor Piazzolla – a great quintet concert, full of modern tango moments! Titles include "La Mufa", "Mal Del Plata 70", "Canto De Octubre", "Vayamos Al Diablo", "Resurreccion Del Angel", "Romance Del Diablo", and "Tango Diablo". (Global Grooves, Latin)LP, Vinyl record album
Tito Rodriguez returns to the Palladium – in a smoking set that's got all the great jazzy touches of his first volume at the famous club, but a bit more of a charanga groove overall! The core combo elements that make Tito great are firmly in place – that strong sense of rhythm and great ear for jazzy inflections on the horns – especially saxophone. But added to this are some charanga elements on piano and in the rhythms – supported by the vocals on the cuts as well. Tracks include the originals "Ritmo Charanga", "El Que Se Fue", "Baila La Charanga", "El Oso Y La Osa", "Bartolo Saco La Flauta", and "Que Lo Gocen Todos" – plus "Oyeme Antonia", "Si Te Contara", and "Yambu". CD