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Chicas Spanish Female Singers 1962-1974
Various - ¡Chicas! - Spanish Female Singers 1962-1974
(CD/2xLP) Vampisoul VAMPI130, 2011-07-11

An irresistible collection of ye-yé, rock & roll, twist, beat, garage, rhythm & blues, soul and Latin sounds! From the early 60s and a difficult political and social context, Spanish female singers - and those who moved to Spain- disregarded conventions and overcame all barriers to be part of a music movement that shook the Spanish society of the period. For a while now, various compilations have been released in Spain documenting styles, scenes and artists belonging to such happening decades (creatively speaking) as the 50s, 60s and 70s, and nevertheless, there hasn't been one featuring only female contributions to the cause. Because we could never thank them enough for their effort, Vampisoul brings you this first volume of ¡Chicas!, showing how this exquisite group of Spanish girls covered with talent, class and glamour the period ranging from 1962 to 1974.

Chicas Spanish Female Singers 1962-1974
Various - Rangarang - Pre-revolutionary Iranian pop
(2xCD/3xLP) Vampisoul VAMPI138, 2011-11-14

Tracklisting :
01. Cha Cha Twist - Margarita Sierra
02. Un Chico Moderno - Pili Y Mili
03. No Te Acuerdas De Mí - Marisa Medina
04. Extiende Tus Brazos - Los Stop
05. Llovió - Ellas
06. Contrapunto - Los Que Vivimos
07. Aquí En Mi Nube - Sonia
08. Johnny - Marisol
09. Batiendo Palmas - Alicia Granados
10. Déjame En Paz - Mirla
11. Sola Estoy - Lorella
12. Love, Love, Love - Los Hippy-Loyas
13. La Máquina Infernal - Vainica Doble
14. Por Eso Vuelve, Por Favor - Los Tíos Queridos
15. Desencadena Mi Corazón - Fresia Soto
16. Mi Baby - Marisel
17. Hava Naguila - Encarnita Polo
18. Te Veré En Septiembre - Marta Baizán
19. The More I See You - Laura Casale
20. Los Pepinillos - Tania Velia
21. Y… Y… - Gelu
22. Cerca De Ti - Las Chic
23. Yeh Yeh - Los 3 Sudamericanos
24. Mientes - Lia Uya

Note : Includes sleeve notes by expert Vicente Fabuel and a fantastic selection of record sleeves and photographs. Most tracks are reissued legally for the first time.

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Press Release :
An irresistible collection of ye-yé, rock & roll, twist, beat, garage, rhythm & blues, soul and Latin sounds! From the early 60s and a difficult political and social context, Spanish female singers - and those who moved to Spain- disregarded conventions and overcame all barriers to be part of a music movement that shook the Spanish society of the period.

At the same time told by the international clock and with almost no delay at all, Spanish girl pop made itself present when it was necessary. Oblivious to the scarcity of exciting sounds that late-Francoist Spain offered them, the Spanish girls disregarded conventions and overcame all barriers and suspicions without letting the latest fashionable hairdo get ruined. In those doubtful years during which, apart from copla, any other music style was considered highly suspicious, the leading girls didn't hesitate and abandoned themselves to the whole musical range, both local and international, at their disposal.
Despite the difficulties, and there were many, the incipient permeability of Spanish politics of the time played its part and, from 1963 onwards, female ye-yé became an absolute reality that shook the Spanish society of the period.

A true salvation, a social panacea, that's what female ye-yé was in 1960s Spain, a small revolution of customs dressed in a mini-skirt and playing at 45 rpm. In the wake of its charm, modernity and intrinsically female character, everyone in Spain became ye-yé and the social landscape gained freedom following the trail left by the girls. Thanks to it, the continuous socio-musical changes that came immediately after from all over the world (beat, garage, soul, psychedelia, prog…) didn't catch anyone wrong-footed. In each and all of those events the girls took part.

For a while now, various compilations have been released in Spain documenting styles, scenes and artists belonging to such happening decades (creatively speaking) as the 50s, 60s and 70s, and nevertheless, there hasn't been one featuring only female contributions to the cause. Because we could never thank them enough for their effort, Vampisoul brings you this first volume of "¡Chicas!", showing how this exquisite group of Spanish girls covered with talent, class and glamour the period ranging from 1962 to 1974.

It's been a pleasure to dig through hundreds and hundreds of recordings from those years with no premise but to find capital songs, the relevance of which cannot be denied today. Finally, I must make two observations: firstly, when compiling "¡Chicas!" all genres have been considered: Latin, rock & roll, twist, ye-yé, beat, garage, rhythm & blues, soul… Secondly, apart from celebrating all the shining artists featured here, I must confess that when I immersed myself into those hundreds of records, I was surprised to find out that, not on purpose, the final selection contained a great number of recordings released on the Catalan label Belter. Personally, once again, it's been an honour to revisit and rediscover the unbelievable legacy of the fascinating, mysterious and immense records of the Belter factory. This compilation is dedicated to them.
Vicente Fabuel

Feedback :
"Seditionary girl groups sounds from Spain spanning 1964-74 that take in yé-yé, garage and hip shaking rock’n’roll plus fab-for-the-dancefloor covers of The Rolling Stones and The Four Tops. 4 stars" - MOJO (UK)
"Vampisoul has a pretty solid track record when it comes to offering up obscure vintage mod-pop sounds, but they've really outdone themselves with this one. - While the French ye-ye sound relied on teenage girls with high-pitched voices who tended to betray the sometimes more serious subject matter of their songs with their naivety, the ladies compiled here are full-throated, sensual, and totally in charge of the material. - This is one of Vampisoul's best releases yet, with nary a duff track to be found, and is most highly recommended to fans of international pop and anyone who practices their northern soul dancing in the kitchen with talcum powder on the floor. It's groovy and just plain great!" - OTHER MUSIC (USA)
"Like the mini skirt and beehive, it wouldn’t be the 60s without carefree female singers. England had Dusty Springfield. The US had Nancy Sinatra. And Spain was no exception. It had Marisel. But Marisel was just one of the many artists featured in a new CD called "Chicas: Spanish Female Singers 1962 to 1974." Most of the tunes on the CD were released as original singles, composed by Spanish song writers. They had been influenced by British rock, American soul and dance crazes like twist." - PRI’S THE WORLD (USA)
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