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Los Belkings - El Sonido Atemporal de Los Belking'sdotdotdot
artworkThis is a thorough collection of instrumentals from Los Belkings. Some are from unrestored vinyl containing many pops and clicks, and even some dropout. For reasons unknown, The Ventures' "Hawaii Five-0" is included, though credited to Los Belkings.
Picks: Bolido De Fuego, Tal Como Tu Eres, Aurora, Una Luz en el Alma, Gigante de vidrio, Septima Patrulla, Apache, Phi Fenomeno, Llora Como Un Bebe, Oriundo Capitan, Te vi llorar, Condenado A Muerte, Cuando el indio llora, Play Boy, Okinawa 2000, Virgenes del Sol, Illusionate Chica

Track by Track Review

Amor Imposible dotdotdot
Easy Listening (Instrumental)

"Amor Imposible" is light pop with strings and an echoed lead guitar. While pretty, only the drums make in interesting.

Bolido De Fuego dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

On the swirly side of the pop-psych aisle, with a melody that's like a blend of Paul Johnson's "Tally Ho," "Andele," and "Lanky Bones." While it doesn't sport a surf sound, or even the South Bay sound, it does nonetheless call to the curl. A splendid track!

Tal Como Tu Eres dotdotdot
Pop-Psych (Instrumental)

This is almost bouncy, with remnants of surf over a pulsing pop psych backtrack. Slightly reminiscent of "What Have I Got Of My Own," and featuring a female voice right out of the Star Trek generation. "Tal Como Tu Eres" adds wah wah guitar to the soup, finalizing the pop-psych dream.

Aurora dotdotdot
Easy Listening (Instrumental)

Gently delivered, "Aurora" is pretty and slightly sad. Strings and tremolo and placid visions of sunset.

Tema Para Jovenes Enamorados dotdotdot
Pop (Instrumental)

This Brian Welch song from 1967 is more Euro than the rest here, showing off the influence the Shadows had in Peru. "Theme For Young Lovers" is much better to my ears here than ion the original form.

Una Luz en el Alma dotdotdot
Easy Rock (Instrumental)

Dramatic drums open, but after that, only gentle tones and low energy are emoted. "Una Luz en el Alma" is very Shadows like, and the strings don't really add. There are some transitional guitar lines that are quite intense, but otherwise, it's a fairly tame track.

Gigante de vidrio dotdotdot
Easy Rock (Instrumental)

Dirty fuzz and thumping bass. Some double picked lines that are light and delicate alternate between the fuzz verses. The contrast is interesting.

Septima Patrulla dotdotdotdot
Euro Garage Fuzz (Instrumental)

This is a much heavier track than others here, at least in parts. It sports a Euro lead guitar tone, and also uses heavy garage fuzz. The drums are splendid and the melody solid, with plenty of oomph in the delivery.

Apache dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jerry Lordan's "Apache" is done based on the Jorgen Ingmann arrangement. It's a little garagier, but no less cool. Perhaps low on chemistry, but not credibility. Very nice!

Phi Fenomeno dotdotdotdot
Backwards Psych (Instrumental)

Yup, where others dared to use a single backwards track in their mixdown, Los Belkings reversed the entire track. When reversed, it turns out to be a stereo version of "Septima Patrulla," which appears on the wonderful Sons of Yma comp. This is a much heavier track than others here, at least in parts. It sports a Euro lead guitar tone, and also uses heavy garage fuzz. The drums are splendid and the melody solid, with plenty of oomph in the delivery.

La lluvia de tus ojos dotdotdot
Easy Listening (Instrumental)

"La lluvia de tus ojos" is a gentle easy listening track with lush strings and guitar. It's very pretty, and the guitar is very nicely played.

Llora Como Un Bebe dotdotdotdot
Pop-Psych (Instrumental)

With a bit of faux sitar guitar effects and a slightly swirly psychedelic sound, "Llora Como Un Bebe" is a compelling semi-soft instro with a durable riff and drama. It's 1968 after all!

Oriundo Capitan dotdotdotdot
Country Near Surf (Instrumental)

What a cool track this is. The circular cowboy riff in the intro captures you, while the restrained fuzz melody adds a mysterious edge. Add to this, some sparkling surf chords, and you have a quirky, friendly, and very endearing track. "Oriundo Capitan" is just plain cool!

Te vi llorar dotdotdot
Easy Rock (Instrumental)

A little gentle fuzz, some liquid guitar, some trembling string bending, and a very pretty melody. It's just edgy enough to stay in the rock arena. Slow and sultry, "Te vi llorar" is the sort of track that they often overdubbed with strings, but wit that not happening, it's really quite nice.

Condenado A Muerte dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti (Instrumental)

A touch of the spaghetti western mystic and melody sadness, bumped with a little fuzz and great drums. "Condenado A Muerte" is a very cool track that deserves a full surf treatment. The melody is compelling, and the backtrack on the heavy side.

Cuando el indio llora dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

On the faster side, with tinny drums and cruddy organ, yet fanciful and engaging. Sounding a bit rushed, or perhaps like a demo, "Cuando el indio llora" is nonetheless kinda catchy.

Play Boy dotdotdotdotdot
Easy Listening (Instrumental)

Easy and almost whining, with slithery rhythm guitar and strings. "Play Boy" is more pretty than it is memorable.

Okinawa 2000 dotdotdot
Eleki (Instrumental)

Very much in the Ventures' mold, "Okinawa 2000" is from 1973 (not 2000). Almost eleki twang and great drums drive this catchy song. The break makes use of wah wah in a gimmicky way, but otherwise, this is a cool song, and bound to catch eleki or Ventures fans' ear.

El amor es triste dotdotdot
Easy Rock (Instrumental)

"El amor es triste" is "Love Is Blue." It's very poppy, with chorus and an easy gate. Nice, but not memorable.

Playa Para Dos dotdotdot
Easy Listening (Instrumental)

Strings and a very slow pace, with a so-so melody and little really going on. "Playa Para Dos" seems way too formula.

Virgenes del Sol dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pumping bluesy number with lovely shimmering guitar and some glissandos delivered by the rhythm guitar. It's a very unusual song from an arrangement viewpoint. The muted break is cool too.

Hojas Muertas dotdotdot
Easy Listening (Instrumental)

Sensula drums and echoed guitar romance accented by Spanish acoustic. Easy and pretty.

Musica Para Las Flores dotdotdot
Lite Rock (Instrumental)

Echoed guitar a la the Classics IV with strings. "Musica Para Las Flores" is a light rock song that's kinda cool, yet not really memorable.

Illusionate Chica dotdotdotdot
Post Surf (Instrumental)

With echoed guitar a la the Shadows and a surfable almost tango melody, "Illusionate Chica" is not far from the On The Move album sound of the Challengers. It's a very serviceable song with surfable credentials and a catchy melody that rides above an almost military beat.