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Friday, May 01, 2009

AL TORO DE LA VIDA voy lidiando ... : Discos BELTER

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El TORO de la vida


Summary: Dolores Vargas La Terremoto

Spain is a country that these days is best known for having the highest unemployment rate anywhere in the western hemisphere. A whopping 18%. And thats just the official figure. It is also a country known for its stock of ridiculously expensive empty homes that nobody can afford to buy. ... etc ,... etc..

But back when I was a child, Spain was immediately associated with images of gipsy dressed flamenco dolls a la Lucero Tena and the black bull logo of Osborne Brandy. But most of all there was a brand and a logo that would transport my imagination to Spain immediatelly: B E L T E R . The brand for the Barcelona based record company Discos BELTER .

Somewhere, left behind in a drawer in a house I lived where these old 1960s records with the BELTER logo on them. The jackts were thick shiney and stocky. The pictures a bit embarrasing. The music, was not really my cup of tea. But it was all so uniquely SPAIN.


Belter was the record company responsible for popularizing uniquely spanish flamenco and rumba artists at a very early stage in the 1950s. And therefore helping Spain's music keep a personality of it's own. Until going bankrupt in 1983, they supported what was truely pure "Spain" with their musical releases. All those super fun summer beach records by Rumba Tres were released by Belter, etc..

I had thought that by BELTER being such an important part of music history in Spain, that there would be tons of websites with lots of good and precise information and discography for Discos Belter. Tribute sites, etc.

So I took an enormous dissapointed when after searching a bit all that I could find on discos Belter was a not so elaborate Wikepedia entry in Spanish.

Bellow, is one of my favorite records by BELTER. It is from 1972 sung by: La Terremoto Dolores Vargas. She is the one that had the big hit Achili Pum . The bellow single has on one side El Toro (The bull) b/w El Desgrasiao (The unfortunate). The songs are written by someone called: J. E. Mochi. The lyrics are really interesting BTW.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i bought one of those belter label ep's today from a local charity shop for 25p -los millonarios paradis of love/el porompero/la yenka and piensalo bien -great stuff :)

Dario Margeli

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