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I've been trying to find a date for 'The By Cracky Beat' without success. Judging by the hip-shakin' guitar-cum-banjo break (the xylophone and cutesy 'ba ba ba ba' refrain of the verses do not prepare you for its craaazy delights) and the "by cracky!" shout (a Carnaby Street yelp if ever I heard one), I'm guessing mid-1960s. Anyway, download this. (There's a 'la la-la' at 2:12 into the tune that alone is worth the admission price.) And the band is tight - they're happ'ning, man! Apropos the B-side, it's okay - pleasant, but it didn't resonate with me.
The original version of 'Volver Volver' was released in 1976 by 'El Rey' (the king) of Ranchera, Vicente Fernandez, and is the best by far - although I heard Ry Cooder's version first. This (literally) childish version, however, is a travesty; if young Antonio is 'a star' or 'muy fantastica' then my son is the next Alvin Dahn. Face it, Antonio is an unremarkable kid who can barely stay in tune. He's not idiosyncratic, moving, evocative or downright strange. And B.C's funky little backstory about coming across this single didn't help - some media should stay lost. Although I visited the original 365 days project many times and many times it came through for me (too often to reference), it also looks as though some of the questionable decisions made there about what constitutes musical 'otherness' are being perpetuated here.