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Los Barba y Omara Portuondo

Los Barba – Viven Muy Felices / Por Que No Estás [Areito, EPA-6221]
Sleeve design by Noelvis

Omara Portuondo – Siempre Es 26 / Amanecer De Victoria [Areito, EPA-6874]
Sleeve design uncredited

Here are two excellent sides from two different 45’s. Los Barba’s “Por Que No Estás” follows the path of Leonor Zamora’s heavy, psych-beat sound. It’s full of fuzzy, warm guitar and what sounds like an homage to The Beatle’s “Hey Jude” towards the end. This is a great track with excellent bass lines and fuzz guitar solos. Next is a syrupy soul track titled “Siempre Es 26” by Omara Portuondo full of much expected synth and horns being that it’s produced by Juan Pablo Torres. It’s a head-nodder.

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