With all the writing about the race, I've been avoiding the "Album of the Week" well here's an attempt to get it going again. I give you Los Freddy's.
I found this about 20 years ago in a goodwill dollar bin and since then it's been one of my favorites. It's a 1975 reissue of Los Freddy's 1964 first lp.
I couldn't I resist it, with the Beatlesque suits and the photo of them at the Tijuana boarder crossing plus I recognized some of the songs.
According to Wikipedia this album was released in 1964 even though most of the songs they covered were released in 1965. I think I need to do a little investigating
Anyway, here are the tracks (you can find most of them on youtube)
- here's a start.
Wooly Bully - fine but not my favorite. It sounds a bit too much like the original which I don't really enjoy to begin with. There's also a little skip at the start of the song that irks me.
Sin Razon Para Vivir (Tired of Waiting for You) - Google translates it as "No Reason to live" which is a better title. I actually enjoy this version of the song more than the Kinks'.
Si Ti Tu Vas (Just a Little) - A pretty solid cover of the Beau Brummel's tune.
Sueno Feliz - nice up beat toon penned by Los Freddy's. Not great but could hold it's own against most 60s pop.
Ven Dame Tu Fe - More of a 50s ballad. Slow and moody. Arturo sings
Divina Maria - slow jam
Un Mundo Sin Amor (A World without Love) - A pretty great cover of The Peter & Gordon song penned by Lennon/McCartney
Muchachos (Boys) - Probably my favorite song on the album. "Muchachos" sounds so much better than "Boys."
Traeme Mi Amor (Bring it Home to Me) - A little slower and just not as good as the Sam Cook original.
Diciendote te Quiero - Another nice ballad penned by Los Freddy's. A song that really grew on me.
El Diablo En Su Corazon (Devil in Her Heart) - Tweaking "Devil in Her Heart" into Spanish proved to be a bit challenging but the energy's great.
Estoy Muriendo (Under the Boardwalk) - Translated as "I'm Dying" it's probably the funniest song on the record. "Devil in Her Heart" was a challenging translation, this song is almost impossible.