LOS DESTELLOS: LA BAMBA’S TRAVELS

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Los Destellos: La Bamba (Odeon, 1976, Ojos Azules)

Just so you can follow…a Mexican American song, influenced by the musical traditions of Veracruz, Mexico, gets covered by a Peruvian surf rock band. I like that.

365 Days of Soul, #116

LOS HOLY’S: STRUTTIN’ THEIR STUFF

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Los Holy’s: Reunion Sicodelica (Cissy Strut) (Sono Radio, 1967, 7″)

This Meters’ hit traveled its way around the world, including to Peru. There’s a ton of covers of the song but this may be my favorite, especially for how biting the reverb on that guitar is.

365 Days of Soul, #118

KING FLOYD: A MAN ON THE SCENE

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King Floyd: Hard to Handle (ATCO, 1973, Think About It

King Floyd’s “Groove Me” was such a hit that it’s overshadowed all his other output so you might be forgiven if you missed him here, doing a raucous cover of Otis Redding’s classic. Can you dig it?

365 Days of Soul, #117

OTIS GAYLE: WHENEVER YOU CALL

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Otis Gayle: I’ll Be Around (Studio One, 1971, 7″)

I love reggae covers that are mostly loyal to the original but the difference in rhythm is always just enough to give it a special, distinct feel. This is more sparse than the original but the essence of the song is still all here.

365 Days of Soul, #115

MARIO ALLISON AND MANITO: SOUTHERN COVERS

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Mario Allison: Oye Como Va (Industria Electro Sonora, 197?, Caliente Caliente Caliente)

To me, you can’t beat Tito Puente’s cover of this Santana classic Tito Puente’s original but this version by Mario Allison and The Stars is charmingly stripped down while maintaining all the hook-y elements of the original.1

Manito: Tuck’s Theme (RCA Victor, 1972, O Incrivel)

One of the more random covers out of Brazil that I know of: Manito flipping on Bill Deal’s “Tuck’s Theme,” complete with both opening and bridge breakbeats. Manito’s LP has […]

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