This time around there's no real gems in this batch. Mostly mediocre crate-filling cumbias and some hilarious ones that could fall in the so-bad-that's-good category. Lot of them are from México, even if they are done by Colombian artists, they are done for the Mexican market. Not that I have a preference for these, but when digging for old records in California, most of what you're bound to find comes from our southern neighbor. I promise for my next batch I'll try to get more of the good stuff, in the meantime, have fun with these.
El Africano" by Wilfrido Vargas which around that time was successfully covered as a cumbia by you know who, La Sonora Dinamita. The other song doesn't suck as much, even though the lyrics are about sucking things.
Verónica Castro, which at the same time was a lame cover of a French pop song by Jean Pierre Mader, who probably was covering from someone else, who knows, there's too many versions.
El Borriquito" (you MUST watch that video!) a silly Spanish/gypsy rumba about learning the vowels that was quite a hit in it's time and not only among elementary school kids! (It was covered in English by Cuban Peter Fernández, included in last year's Cuban Funk Experience compilation). I wouldn't dare call this a cumbia, but that's how they labeled on the record. It has a clean drum break.
LA SONORA DINAMITA-Te Pillé, Pilla/La Bamba (Dicesa/Fuentes, 1987): I hate "La Bamba" not only for being a horrible song with lyrics that make no sense, but also because of what symbolizes in the United States. It's like the one and only song in "Spanish" (if that actually qualifies as Spanish) that's in every karaoke binder in every bar across the Nation, because that's what the average gringo thinks Latin music is. Gross. In 1987 there was a revival of this early rock-n-roll song thanks to the movie of the same name and the Los Lobos version included in its soundtrack and of course, La Sonora Dinamita wasn't gonna let the opportunity to capitalize on the fad pass them by and made their cumbia cover of this too. They were not alone and at least their version was better than the one released by Afrosound that same year.
As usual, the ripping quality might not be the ideal, but the files are in 320bt MP3 format and with great presentation. Being myself a compulsive downloader of digital garbage, I appreciate it when the people who post take their time to actually make the files look nice, you know, by attaching the cover image to each song, imputing all the available information, etc. I even go the extra mile and give you the BPMs of the song. So, there, you're welcomed.
And if you're new here, don't forget to check previous posts for more bizarre 45 rips!