Various Artists

Absolute Belter

Finders Keepers




In the realms of music business the overused term indie has become somewhat convoluted within the last three decades. Bandied around as a stylistic statement, an ethos or a genre in its own right there are very few successful popular music labels that can truly claim to be independent of those major corporations that in time plan to dominate the entire recorded output of the global music community. Here at Finders Keepers these seldom-championed self-sufficient industries have always been truly inspirational sources. Labels such as Kuckuck in Germany, BYG in France and Sain in Wales have all maintained utmost artistic integrity and broke truly experimental and successful careers without having to surrender their creative loins to the ravenous bottomless stomach of the major music industry and for this reason the music flies freely amongst us adding new life after life to musical misfits as free music lives, breathes and procreates.

By the start of the new millennium the revival of the vinyl record buying market had reached a level that turned second hand shops and auction websites into train spotters sports arenas. The competitive nature of record digging, trading, sampling and DJing took misplaced-pop aficionados out of their comfort zones in search of black 12″ and 7″ medals that might outsmart their fellow collectors or tantalize the fresh ears of a well adjusted freak-fuelled audience. 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… Europe, of course, would provide the central co-ordinates to start the global trophy treasure hunt. The neatly arranged and numbered racks of laminated 7 inch 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 50th 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. Viva la musica!


  1. Fusioon - Tocata Y Fug
  2. Furia - Furia
  3. Los Roller - Un Consejo
  4. Huracanes - Cambio
  5. Sonya - En Mi Nube (Get Off My Cloud)
  6. Rudy Ventura - Soy Un Sonador
  7. Fusioon - Ciclos
  8. Fuerza - Un Lugar
  9. Rudy Ventura - Yamasuki
  10. Control - Por Las Viejas Calles
  11. Fusioon - Farsa Del Buen Vivir
  12. Los Huracanes - Good Gally Miss Molly
  13. The Brisk - El Juego Del Amor
  14. Los Ros - Cuentame Cosas Tuyas
  15. Albert Band - Ella Tiene El Cabello Rubio
  16. Los Mismos - Jefe Ironside
  17. Los Roller - Camino Cortado
  18. Soledad Miranda - La Verdad
  19. Los Gritos - Veo Visions
  20. Alfonso Santisteban - Zorongo
  21. Top Show - Escucha Nina
  22. Hermanos Calatrava - Space Oddity