ARTIST: Los Bravos
TITLE: Black Is Black
YEAR RELEASED: 1966
CHART ACTION: #93 US, #29 UK
SINGLES: Black Is Black (#4 US, #2 UK), I Don’t Care (#16 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No
LINEUP: Mike Kennedy, Antonio Martinez, Manuel Fernandez, Miguel Danus, Pablo Gomez
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Spanish rock group fronted by a German singer that sang in English hit it big, and unlike many 60’s debut records isn’t bad at all.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Albums by 60’s bands with very few hits always give me pause, since normally it’s ‘hits + filler’ and the filler is usually bad cover versions recorded in one take in 10 minutes. That’s not the case here.
Los Bravos scored big with “Black Is Black” and the follow up “I Don’t Care” but the 12 tracks on the album aren’t bad, really. Most all of the tracks can stand on their own, and they have nice horn charts accompanying the group as well.
Kennedy (born Michael Kogel) has an interesting voice, which he uses to great effect – especially on the title cut. Overall, it’s not bad, decent enough to keep around.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Organist Manuel Fernandez committed suicide in 1967 after his girlfriend was killed in a car accident. Also, they have a few other albums running around, one has their great single “Going Nowhere” (#91 US)
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, but the track list in the UK is different.
GRADE: B-: You really could do worse. If you liked “Black Is Black” this is OK.