REVIEW: Los No – Discografia Completo (1966-1971)
When researching the early stages of Latin rock and pop music, you find bands that had prolific songs and added something to the industry but their time was so limited. The Spanish mod group from Barcelona was founded in 1966 and disbanded in 1967. They attempted to revive their presence in 1971 with a single though they did not make it past that year.
The short-lived band released two EPs, each with four tracks during their heyday. In 1971, they released a final single leaving fans with only ten songs to their legacy. The entire discography was released digitally in 2018 on streaming services under one release, Discografia Completo.
José Luis Tejada (vocals), Víctor Portolés (guitar), Jean Pierre Gómez (guitar), Ángel Pascual “Eddy” (bass), and Roberto Salom (drums) created the sound of Los No. The band didn’t record their own music, using others for music. One of the ten tracks is Van Morrison’s song, “Gloria” which the band sings in Spanish.
The band reminds me of many of Duncan Dhu’s early releases with an almost country vibe to their rock sound. I like their sound as I am learning to appreciate ’60s music with this little journey down the historical rabbit hole. I like many songs from the sixties in English and I am oddly drawn to the sound. This is just confirming that Latin music was all that behind in the times. I had always thought that Latin music was about 10 years behind and maybe in the ’80s they didn’t progress fast enough. Now, I think that Latin rock music might have been right in line with what was going on in the world.
The last two tracks of the complete discography collection are the tracks released for the band’s comeback. I don’t know if they didn’t have the same success as the first eight songs but I can tell why. The recording is horrible and the band sounds so out of sync vocally. It was truly a letdown after some pretty decent songs.
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