LOS BETA QUARTET, Ton Pare No Te Mas, 1965

beta-frontbeta-backbeta-labelLos Beta look like they were a Flamenco group but this time I knew what I was buying. Los Beta were one of the more popular Beat groups from Mallorca that recorded a handful of records for the Regal label. beta

Ton Pare No Te Mas is a fast and funny Beat song with some Speedy Gonzales vocals thrown in…

LOS BETA QUARTET, Ton Pare No Te Mas, 1965

LOS SIREX, El tren de la costa, 1965

Some years ago I was lucky to find four early Ep`s of one of the best Spanish beat bands LOS SIREX in a Berlin second hand record store. All of them in very good condition and for very little money. I remember that, when I was spinning them when I Dj`d, a well known Berlin Beat collector asked me sarcastically ( and enviously) if I was a “Mint-collector”?

Most of the records in my collection are in “good” condition, and that`s how I like them. If they are good records, I play them often and they will not stay “Mint”. Especially not if I use them to Dj. I know a lot of people who collect records but I have yet to meet someone who buys these expensive records on Ebay. They probably never play these records and only use them for speculation purposes. Much like those stock-brokers that messed up the world lately…

“En tren de la costa” is a cover version of “The train kept a `rollin” by the JOHNNY BURNETTE ROCK`N`ROLL TRIO. One of the best versions and one of the most rockin`Spanish beat songs hands down!

LOS SIREX, El tren de la costa, 1965

LOS SIREX, Cantemos, 1965

LOS SIREX, La escoba, 1965

LOS SIREX, Que haces aquí, 1965

LOS SIREX, San Carlos club, 1964

This shows the SIREX one year earlier with some of their own songs that are equally as rockin`as their cover songs. “San Carlos club” and “Tus celos” are my favorites. Great fast and raw beat stuff. LOS SIREX ruled!

LOS SIREX, San Carlos club, 1964

LOS SIREX, Tus celos, 1964

LOS SIREX, Si yo canto, 1964

LOS SIREX, Piensa en mi, 1964

LOS SIREX, Quiero ser dichoso, 1964

Four cover songs on this Ep, all sung in Spanish: “Si tuviera un martillo”( “If I had a hammer”)by TRINI LOPEZ, a great raw version  of “Nobody but you” by THE LAFAYETTES, “Quiero ser dichoso”(“Glad all over”) by THE DAVE CLARK FIVE and “Please, please me” by THE BEATLES.

I added a nice page and the beautiful gouache cover of a Spanish  ROMANTICA girl`s magazine from 1963.

LOS SIREX, Si tuviera un martillo, 1964

LOS SIREX, Nobody but you, 1964

LOS SIREX, Quiero ser dichoso, 1964

LOS SIREX, Please Please me, 1964

LOS SIREX, Yo grito, 1966

This is probably the most accomplished LOS SIREX record of the batch. All four songs are LOS SIREX originals. “Y grito” is a fuzzed-out beat stomper and a Spanish beat classic. But all four songs are great, so if you don`t already know this stuff : Spanish beat doesn`t get much better.

LOS SIREX, Yo grito, 1966

LOS SIREX, Olvidame, 1966

LOS SIREX, Solo en la playa, 1966

LOS SIREX, Reprise, 1966