PRICE: $11.00
NOT IN STOCK
NO RESTOCK ESTIMATE
ARTIST
TITLE
Los Bravos
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
MRSSS 011LP MRSSS 011LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
5/11/2010

Vinyl-only release. The Vinilísssimo label reissues on vinyl for the first time the 1966 debut album by Spanish beat/soul band Los Bravos, the most international Spanish act of the '60s. Recorded in London under Ivor Raymonde's direction, it features such powerful tracks as "Trapped" and the worldwide chart hit "Black Is Black." "Black Is Black" is remembered as the peak of '60s Spanish pop. However, although Los Bravos came from Madrid, it was a truly international hit: French record company man, Alain Milhaud employed a German singer (Michael Volker Kögel, later Mike Kennedy), supported by British musicians and songwriters. After settling in Spain, the visionary Milhaud flies to London in search of an international release for Los Bravos. The Spanish recordings don't get much attention, but Phil Solomon, one of the industry's big fish, sees potential in the singer, who commands soul's emotion and Gene Pitney's dramatic flair; he appreciates the project's strength, with capable musicians and their own songs, written by Manolo Díaz. Solomon suggests they join the star-making machinery of Decca Records, and in the spring of 1966, the band is in London, where they must record -- with horn arrangements -- tracks approved by Decca. Ivor Raymonde directs the sessions, makes it clear to the Spanish band members: he will only require Mike's vocal performance; due to union impositions and simple efficiency, he prefers to use session musicians. Hence the urban myth that surrounds "Black Is Black," which says that Jimmy Page played guitar on the track. With a cover that seems to be an answer to the famous photos of The Beatles arriving at Madrid's Barajas airport, the first LP by Los Bravos features five songs by Manolo Díaz plus an adapted Italian song ("She Believes In Me"). Decca provided material by multi-faceted songwriters: the exciting "Trapped" is the work of Irish Phil Coulter and Scottish Bill Martin. However, all hopes are pinned on "Black Is Black" and its Motown drive. Released in the United Kingdom in June 1966, it took off immediately, thanks to the support of stations such as Radio Caroline, reaching #2 on the British charts and #3 in the U.S. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl in a limited edition of 1,000 copies, including an insert with liner notes in Spanish and English and a reproduction of the original 45 and EP sleeves.