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Collection: Primer Rock And Roll en Espana Vol. 2 (Seleccion de Meliano M.A.)dotdotdot
artworkPrimer Rock And Roll en Espana Vol. 2 (Seleccion de Meliano M.A.) collects a lot of Spanish pop rock from 1958 to 1963, with a couple of bright spots, including three instros and a sublimely cool cover of The Fendermen's "Mule Skinner Blues" under the title "Escucha, Cowboy" by Los H.H.
Picks: Los Estudiantes - Whoo-Hoo, Los Mustang - Telstar

Track by Track Review


Los Estudiantes - Whoo-Hoo dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

This is a primitive cover of The Rock-A-Teens' "Woo Hoo," with tremolo on full and slap bass in tow. The guitar's higher pitch, different key, and thinner sound add an almost scary aloof sound. Los Estudiantes have entirely too much fun with this song.

Los Mustang - Telstar dotdotdot
(Instrumental)

This is a dirty, gnarly, garage romp through The Tornados' "Telstar" on guitar. Its garage charm is not lost on me, and the band seems to be on target. It may not be great, but it's cool and satisfying nonetheless.

Los Pekenikes - Apache dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sax and garagy guitar, plus bass warble. What's odd here is that the band seems really loose, as in not together in time. This is a very formative cover of Jerry Lordan's classic melody. While it's very unusual, and the guitar is occasionally double picked and gritty, Los Pekenikes just don't gel!