Having already put out collections spotlighting the girl singers
of 1960s Japan, France, Italy and Sweden, we now turn our
attention to sunny Spain.
The influence of hit records from the USA and the UK in the
early 60s had resulted in a musical style the French called y -
y . Spain also adopted the term to describe this new type of
beat-oriented pop, while maintaining its own musical identity
via sexy rhythms and an underlying current of drama and
flamenco, as evidenced in this predominantly uptempo all-
The aptly named Hispavox was considered the most important
Spanish record label, mainly because they had a talented team
of producers, arrangers and studio musicians who between
them created the "Torrelaguna sound". Furthermore, they had
Karina, who was known as the queen of Spanish y -y with her
angelic looks and voice. Zafiro entered the market with a series
of girl singers, including the dynamic Marisol, a child actress
turned pop singer who spent much of the 60s on the silver
The Belter label also recorded many young female singers,
among them screen siren Soledad Miranda, star of several
horror films, and Sonia, who recorded a girlish rendition of the
Rolling Stones' 'Get Off Of My Cloud'.
Other noteworthy artists include Novola Records' Massiel, who
differed from her peers by writing many of her own songs and,
after winning the Eurovision Song Contest, became a national
icon. All these and more feature on this winning compilation of
the choicest female artists active in 1960s Spain.
Compiled by Ace's in-house international girl-pop buff Mick
Patrick, "Beat Girls Espa ol!" is available in 14-track LP and
24-track CD formats. The LP version - pressed on 180g white
vinyl - is packaged in a heavy-duty sleeve with an inner bag
featuring a 3500-word note and copious colour illustrations,
while the CD edition comes with a bumper booklet containing
expanded notes and extra illustrations.