Offered for sale is a still sealed original mono copy of the 1966 LP Black is Black by Los Bravos.
About this copy: This copy is a 1966 U.S. mono pressing on the Press label.
As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
The thick shrink wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears or holes.
It’s as nice a copy as you’ll ever find and will likely be your final upgrade.
Background: “Black is Black” was the debut single of Spanish band Los Bravos, and it reached #2 on the UK single charts and #4 in the U.S. They were the first Spanish group to have a hit on the U.S. charts.
The album didn’t sell as well as the single, peaking at #93 on the U.S. album chart. The follow-up album, Bring a Little Lovin’, didn’t chart at all.
While the original 1966 Black is Black LP was released in both mono and stereo, as was the custom of the time, the “stereo” pressings were actually electronically reprocessed stereo, aka “fake stereo,” making the mono version the more desirable pressing. It’s also harder to find, as the mono version was deleted by early 1968, leaving only the rechanneled stereo versions on the market. The mono is quite hard to find in comparison to the more common fake stereo pressings.
Los Bravos formed in 1966…The result of this union of talent and proven production skills produced the band’s first single, the rhythm-driven “Black Is Black,” that same year. It shot up the charts to number two in the U.K. and on August 10, 1966, it charted on Billboard and CashBox. Soon the band enjoyed moderate to major success around the world. In addition to the band’s big hit, this CD reissue of Black Is Black features the group’s U.K. follow-up, “I Don’t Care,” which recalls the Walker Brothers with its similar vocal/horn-laden arrangement — as well as a handful of smartly produced, upbeat British Invasion-style pop numbers (Los Bravos were also influenced by black American soul and R&B acts, especially those on Motown).
You can listen to “Black is Black” here:
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