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VINE VOICEon 17 April 2010
A 22 track retrospective exploring Spanish label Belter's repertoire from the 60's & the 70's.

The comp opens rather unpromisingly with Bach's Tocata as played by Fusioon - to be honest it's about as exciting as Geoff Love's version. That Fusioon appear twice more does not set the pulse racing - Ciclos seems to take it's cue from the instrumental passage of The Soft Parade by The Doors and throws in some odd time signatures and creepy percussion.

Fuzz fans will find much to rejoice in Los Rollers' Un Consejo - probably the choice track here. The Stones' 'Get Off My Cloud' receives the Ye Ye treatment from Sonia. Soy Un Sonador by Rudy Ventura is 'Spirit In The Sky' for the biker fraternity - torwards the end it takes an unexpected twist into prog. Rudy Ventura turns up again with a cover of Yamasuki (the original album was released by Finders Keepers)- it's hard to believe it's the same person belting out Soy Un Sonador.

Los Hurricanes knock out a fairly standard, if inept, cover of Little Richard's Good Golly Miss Molly. The same could be said of The Brisk's cover of Game Of Love. Albert Band's 'Ella Tienne...Rubio' is a slice of hard, crunching psych - definitely over the top with satisfyingly histrionic vocals courtesy of Albert Garriga.

Weird, weird, weird are Los Mismos who decided Quincy Jones' Ironside Theme was a suitable vehicle to turn into a rock song - no weirder I suppose than The Kane Triplets who had a similar idea with Schifrin's theme for Mission Impossible. Pointless in the extreme is Los Roller doing Cream doing Robert Johnson's 'Crossroads'. Soledad Miranda, best known for her appearances in several of Jess Franco's movies including the infamous Vampyros Lesbos, makes for a fairly decent Ye-Ye girl - I'm clamoring to hear the other 7 tracks she recorded before she died.

Los Gritos' Veo Visions is what Smokie might have sounded like after ingesting some fairly strong herbs. La Nueva Banda...'s Zorongo is a hip instro typical of the 60's and if it weren't for the Spanish trumpets could have been mistaken for a Syd Dale composition. There's a whiff of the Cannon & Ball in comedian's Herman Calatrava's take on Bowie's 'Space Oddity' - that, by the way, is not a good thing and you're a braver man than I if you suffer the experience for a second time.

Absolute Belter does have it's choice moments - there is, unfortunately too much of the ordinary to make it as essential as some of Finder's Keeper's previous releases.
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on 6 March 2014
If you're into sampling different kinds of music then i'd certainly recommend this offering. There is a lot of South/Central American even Mexican and Spanish influences going on . Its from various artists.
If you're stuck in a musical rut this might just be the tonic you need.
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