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Vinyl-only release. Reissue of the third album by Los Brincos, the best Spanish '60s pop band, acclaimed, then and now, as the equivalent of the Spanish Beatles. Partly recorded in London by Larry Page, it was released in 1968 and includes the hits "Lola," (no relation to The Kinks song) "El Pasaporte," "So Good To Dance" and "Nadie Te Quiere Ya." The sleeve was designed by filmmaker Iván Zulueta. Contrabando proved the band's viability after members Juan Pardo and Junior had left to start their own career as a duo. The other original members, Fernando Arbex and Manolo González, quickly rebuilt the four-piece with Ricky Morales -- Junior's younger brother -- and Vicente Fernández. Los Brincos remained faithful to their beat group aesthetic, but opened up to new musical possibilities. The album was recorded at the London studios of Pye, Decca and EMI (that is, the legendary Abbey Road, with engineer Geoff Emerick). For Fernando Arbex, it was essential to establish themselves in the international market and several songs were recorded in both English and Spanish. Until then, Los Brincos only recorded French and Italian versions. In order to help that international push, they enlisted Larry Page, who had had success with The Kinks and The Troggs. According to Manolo González, Page was involved "to a point" in the production and helped them complete a record that demanded efficiency and urgency (since recording studios were expensive in London at the time). The band also recorded other songs that were never released and are thought to be lost -- the Holy Grail of Brincos fans. But all of Larry Page's contacts weren't enough for the band to break through in the UK, where two singles were released on the producer's label, Page One. However, before the LP was released, "Lola" and "El Pasaporte" were big hits in Spain, making it clear that Juan & Junior hadn't taken the four-piece's audience with them. On this record, Los Brincos expanded their instrumental repertoire and arrangements into an eclectic crazy-quilt of playful, bouncy, inventive Spanish psych-pop: in the case of "Lola," those vaguely Mexican trumpets announced that Arbex was a composer with an instinct for mainstream tastes. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl in a limited edition of 1,000 copies only.