PEREZ PRADO: SYNTHETIC FURY

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(Pantaleón) Perez Prado: Imperfect (UniFunk, 1973, Love Child
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Following up on yesterday’s post, this is another one from the “lesser” Prado brother who cut a few funky LPs for Italy’s UniFunk back in the early ’70s.1

“Circle” is the best known track off this album but I dig “Imperfect” for all that synth action (ARP Odyssey maybe?)

365 Days of Soul, #132

Pro-tip but while the original UniFunk LPs can be pricey, both were reissued on other LPs by different titles. It gets confusing for […]

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PEREZ PRADO: PANTALEON’S PLAY

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Perez Prado: Que Es Lo Que Pasa? (UniFunk, 1972, Escandalo)

First off, this isn’t the more famous Dámaso Pérez Prado, this is his name-biting, younger brother, Pantaleón Pérez Prado. But while Prado the Lesser might have tried to surf off his sib’s fame at least he dropped some killer funky Latin tracks under that family name in the 1970s.1

The bulk of Pantaleón’s output occurred on two albums you recorded for the Italian label UniFunk and if you like one, you might as well try to […]

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ROBERT JOHN: TIPSY OF THE TEQUILA

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Robert John (Gallo): Tequila (Guinness, 1977, Compositions)

I’m not sure if there are any really great covers of a song that’s so kitsch-associated but Gallo gives it a decent shot…until the main melody drops in. What can you do?

365 Days of Soul, #122

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

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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