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Los Relampagos - Dos Cruces / Maria Dolores / Hay Quien Dice Que Jaen / Luna de Espanadotdotdotdot
artworkLots of cool early tracks from Los Relampagos on this ep.
Picks: Dos Cruces, Maria Dolores, Hay Quien Dice de Jaen

Track by Track Review


Dos Cruces dotdotdot
Flamenco Based Surfish Soft Rock (Instrumental)

"Dos Cruces" opens with the "Walk Don't Run" rhythm, but then graduates to a very Shadows style, with the requisite deep whammy. The airy slushy keyboards are a strange contrast. The melody is mature and wistful, but also supports some surfability.

Maria Dolores dotdotdotdot
Flamenco Based Surfish Soft Rock (Instrumental)

Spanish chop, warm guitar leads, and a generally Euro sound. At first, this didn't strike me as memorable, but afterwards, I wanted to listen again. Very nicely done.

Hay Quien Dice de Jaen dotdotdotdot
Flamenco Based Surfish Soft Rock (Instrumental)

A bit of the Spanish cowboy, shouts and warm guitar tone, and an infectious rhythm. "Hay Quien Dice de Jaen" may be the coolest track here, just begging for a modern surf cover.

Luna de Espana dotdotdot
Flamenco Based Surfish Soft Rock (Instrumental)

Whirling organ over damped guitar present a Mediterranean melody with an ear for slightly splashy pop-rock in an MOR vein.