Claudia de Colombia: Los Ejes De Mi Carreta (CBS, 1981, Enamorados
Colombian rock album.
Best as I can tell, this is a cover of “The Axels Of My Wagon”, originally by legendary Argentinian folk musician Atahualpa Yupanqui. But by the early ’80s, someone decided to hook up Claudia with some funky psych elements. It’s enough to burn that wagon down.
365 Days of Soul, #61
Los Diplomaticos: El Pito/El Borrachon (Fuentes, 196?, 19 Exitos! Vol II. )
Latin dance album out of Colombia.
I love this kind of sh__ so much: popular Colombian band doing a cover medley of Joe Cuba and Ray Barretto. The “El Pito” cover is ok but when the song switches into Barretto, with those pianos? This is me.
365 Days of Soul, #59
El Combo Xingu: Tanga Boo Gonk + Moby Dick (IRT, 196?, Xingu)
Rock/funk album out of Chile.
This was one of the first non-U.S. “holy grail” LPs I ever became aware of and sure, it only took me like…15+ years to cop one but better late than never. The back story behind this LP always sounded remarkable, maybe bordering on apocryphal: Chilean dictator Pinochet sought to repress any semblance of American cultural influence and thus purged the country of artists/albums like this […]
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Roberto Jordan: Juntos Esta Noche (Let’s Spend the Night Together) (Cariño, 1969, Hazme Una Señal (Cariño, 1968)
Mexican album of mostly American/British pop song covers.
What can I say? I’m a total sucker for these kinds of albums, where American pop songs get covered by non-English singers. Doesn’t hurt that it’s also a cover of a great Rolling Stone track.
365 Days of Soul, #36
Denis Bryant: Soul Man (Discreet, 1975, 7″)
Rock/soul cover of the Sam & Dave classic.
On the one hand, the singing on here is crazy overwrought and bordering on unlistenable. On the other hand, that guitar and those piano trills. And yeah, [redacted] sample to boot.