Various 'Absolute Belter' 2xLP
· ‘Absolute Belter’ features rare nuggets from Soledad Miranda (‘Vamyros Lesbos’), Los Mismos and Fusioon, and bizarre versions of tracks written by Curved Air, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Quincy Jones, Wayne Fontana and Yamasuki.
· Finders Keepers have always been inspired by seldom-championed, self sufficient
labels such as Kuckuck in Germany, BYG in France and Sain in Wales, who have all maintained utmost artistic integrity and broke truly experimental and successful careers without having to surrender their creative loins, allowing the music to fly freely.
· Throughout the 1990s the rise in popularity of indigenous European genres such as Krautrock and French Ye-Ye saw American, English and Japanese collectors re-invent the concept of world music, pondering un-raked territories, and the neatly arranged and numbered racks of laminated 7” sleeves that originated from Barcelona in the 60s and 70s have provided many of these vinyl vultures and portable record deck wielders with enough random and varied music to justify week long pop pilgrimages to Spanish flea markets and thrift shops. Belter Records, with their familiar yellow graphic bands and blue / silver or brown / yellow labels, punctuate racks of other Spanish delights in a country whose habitual record buying market was initiated and facilitated by a self-made home grown institution. This is were you'll find hip hop producers rubbing shoulders with mods and proggers, shying away from the sun, contemplating a supposedly authentic paella supper and repeatedly flipping over the endless rivers of 7” circles and squares in search of another ‘Absolute Belter’.
· The year 2010 marks the fiftieth anniversary of one of the most recognised independent commercial music companies of post-war Europe and with a back catalogue of magnetic tape that could circle the planet, the legacy of Barcelona’s Belter repertoire has touched each continent, proudly defiant in the face of fascism, technology, revolution, capitalism, patriotism, bad fashion, good vibrations and dubious humour.
Catalogue number: FKR030LP
Label: Finders Keepers