Presented firstly and certainly not lastly, here's the debut from Los Iberios, a group who formed in the mid-60's and were active until 1973. The group spent several years honing their craft in Spanish clubs covering the English favorites of the time, and when it came time to cut their first single, the group traveled to London and cut the record at the famed Decca studios to excellent results.
While the a-side is lovely, the vibe of the b-side is the one that fits in with what we do around here which is why I'm presenting it first. "Hiding Behind My Smile" is a fantastic psychedelic-minded uptempo dancer with cool orchestration and a fabulous, hooky chorus.
"Summertime Girl" is certainly the poppier number of the two, but being as it's summertime and all, I felt it necessary to post. Plus, the chorus is hauntingly beautiful, adding an edge of drama to the sunny choruses, just like a reckless summertime romance. Ahhh those Spaniards...
A truly masterful record.
LOS IBEROS - HIDING BEHIND MY SMILE
b/w SUMMERTIME GIRL