If you’ve ever been curious to know what Spanish swingers were slip slidin’ to across the parquet of small dance clubs from Barcelona to the Costa Brava between 1965-72, still under the shadow of Franco’s dictatorship, you need to look no further than this two-disc set. Continuing the excellent Sensacional Soul series, Volume 2 contains 32 hip-swiveling butt shakers, among them rare gems like the frenetic cover of John Fred & His Playboy Band’s ‘68 tune “Hey, Hey Bunny” by Los Gatos Negros, a combination of howling vocals, fluid Hammond, and blasting brass; the addictive sunshine-soul wig-out of Los Kifers’ “El Sol Es Una Droga”; and La Nueva Banda De Sanitisteban’s catchy pop groover “Limón Y Sal”. The biggest act here, Los Bravos, who previously found international success with “Black Is Black”, provides a change of pace with the mellow, steady offering “Rudy’s in Love”. Overall, Sensacional Soul Vol.2 is a stone-cold blast!
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