• Having already put out collections spotlighting the girl singers of 1960s Japan, France, Italy and Sweden, we now turn our attention to sunny Spain.
• The influence of hit records from the USA and the UK in the early 60s had resulted in a musical style the French called yé-yé. Spain also adopted the term to describe this new type of beat-oriented pop, while maintaining its own musical identity via sexy rhythms and an underlying current of drama and flamenco, as evidenced in this predominantly uptempo all-female compilation.
• The aptly named Hispavox was considered the most important Spanish record label, mainly because they had a talented team of producers, arrangers and studio musicians who between them created the “Torrelaguna sound”. Furthermore, they had Karina, who was known as the queen of Spanish yé-yé with her angelic looks and voice. Zafiro entered the market with a series of girl singers, including the dynamic Marisol, a child actress turned pop singer who spent much of the 60s on the silver screen.
• The Belter label also recorded many young female singers, among them screen siren Soledad Miranda, star of several horror films, and Sonia, who recorded a girlish rendition of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’.
• Other noteworthy artists include Novola Records’ Massiel, who differed from her peers by writing many of her own songs and, after winning the Eurovision Song Contest, became a national icon. All these and more feature on this winning compilation of the choicest female artists active in 1960s Spain.
• Compiled by Ace’s in-house international girl-pop buff Mick Patrick, “Beat Girls Español!” is available in 24-track CD format the CD edition comes with a bumper booklet containing expanded notes and extra illustrations.
- 1. CORAZÓN CONTENTO - Marisol
- 2. CREO EN TI - Rocío Dúrcal
- 3. YA VERÁS - Karina
- 4. PINTA MI MUNDO - Gelu
- 5. MOLINO AL VIENTO - Los Stop
- 6. AQUÍ EN MI NUBE - Sonia
- 7. SI LLEGARA EL AMOR - Rosalia
- 8. NUNCA HAY BASTANTE - Adriángela
- 9. NO SÉ POR QUÉ - Massiel
10. PRIMA O POI - Silvana Velasco
11. TENDRÁS QUE LLORAR - Lorella
12. LA VERDAD - Soledad Miranda
13. VOY A PINTAR LAS PAREDES CON TU NOMBRE - Los Mismos
14. PON UN ANILLO EN MI DEDO - Las Chic
15. CERCA DE TI - Las Chic
16. CALOR - Conchita Velasco
17. NO ME LO PUEDO CREER - Ivana
18. QUIERO ROMPER TUS CARTAS - Ivana
19. YO TE DIRÉ - Karina
20. TIENE LA TARARA - Marisol
21. VEN CON NOSOTROS - Marta Baizán
22. LAS ROCAS Y EL MAR - Massiel
23. EL ES DISTINTO A TI - Pic-Nic
24. SOR YE YÉ - Rachel