Ignored Obscured Restored
Today’s SotW is another installment of the rare record series. I scored this copy of the 50-year-old Muchachita (1969), by Los Yaki in a thrift store for a buck!
Los Yaki was a Mexican rock band of the mid to late 60s that recorded a mix of originals and British invasion influenced covers. One thing that made them stand out against some of their competitors was that they sang the songs in Spanish translations.
I’m not sure what Yaki means but I’d guess it is an intentional misspelling of Yaqui – an indigenous people of Mexico. The band was made up of:
BENITO RAUL “Benny” IBARRA (Vocalist)
JOSE LUIS GAZCON (Guitar and 2nd Voice)
MANUEL “Meme” GAZCON (Bass)
LUIS ALFONSO ASCENCIO (Keys)
MIGUEL ANGEL IBARRA (Drums)
This album has a cover of The Human Beinz “Nobody but Me,” retitled in Spanish as Nadie Como Yo.”
The disc also has a pretty cool version of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” – “Juan Saltarin.”
The record also has covers of Gary Puckett and The Union Gap’s two biggest hits, “Woman, Woman” (“Sylvia”) and “Young Girl” (“Muchachita” the album title song). I can’t help but wonder if these choices were partly influenced by the San Diego based Union Gap’s proximity to the Mexican border.
My disc is only in VG condition; the cover grades even lower. The last time I looked, two copies were for sale on Discogs. A near mint copy demanded $155; the VG+ was going for $85.
Enjoy… until next week.