Barbara Rey

Spain, 1976. One year after the suppression of the Franco censorship, and basically what was happening was: FREEDOOM, LIBERATION, SEX, SEX and more SEX.
Barbara Rey, along with possibly only Susana Estrada and a few more, has been one of the absolute divas of this era, called “destape”.
After being discovered by Valerio Lazarov and becoming super popular on tv, no surprise someone came up with the idea of let her sing on a record. This is the B-side of her only single “Si No Valgo La Pena”, which is a cheesy ballad. Of course the killer tune is on the b-side: “El Libro de Amor” is a Georgie Dann-penned track, and you can totally tell by the blueprint arrangement.
The result is as sleazy as we love, with the cherry on top of Barbara’s off-key singing, which of course, to our eyes, a little pitched up, makes it reach even higher levels of perfection.

Barbara also starred in one of the most successful (and controversial) movies of the era, 1977’s “Me siento extraña”: probably one of the early pioneer movies depicting female homosexuality on a screen in Spain.

Barbara Rey – Mi libro de amor

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El Matador


Yes it is the same Lucas Sainz of Los Pekenikes fame, already covered here.

The italian issue of the 45 mysteriously discarded “Rodilla Rota” and opted for “Caminando” as A side. The flipside “El Matador” is to me the best track of both issues, and possibly one of the standout tracks of the LP.

Surprinsingly cinematic, and a proper soundtrack of Lucas’ race at the VI Rallye Internacional Costa del Sol in 1965 where he was driving this Renault Alpine 1440.

Lucas – El Matador

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Dream Express Orchestra


Belgium, 1976. A super hot tune penned by Maurice Jarre, which was published in Italy on Aldo Pomilia’s Aris label with a totally different (and better) picture sleeve.

Dream Express Orchestra – Villarhides

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Elisabetta Virgili – Primo Amore

virgili primo amore

A very interesting flipside with sweeping synths, and a historical document combined in one post. This is the first Elisabetta Virgili single prior to the Steelcreem-ish “Hook The Hook” published the following year, and was the sigla of the legendary Italian TV show, “Chi?”. Colour on italian TV was introduced from 1977 on, so this is one of the very last black and white programs broadcasted on italian public tv, youtube document below is the proof.

Elisabetta Virgili – Primo Amore

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