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Los Apson - Llegaron Los Apsondotdotdot
artworkThis is one legendary Mexican band from the mid sixties. They cut a number of excellent interpretations of American garage and frat classics, including "Satisfaction" and "Louie Louie." The also cut a string of very cool instros. Los Apson taken from Agua Prireta, Sonora.
Picks: Twist Hawaiano, Luna De Manacura, Madison El Viajero, El Paso Del Elefantito, El Hombre Frio, Viaje Submarino

Track by Track Review


Twist Hawaiano dotdotdot
Instrumental Rock (Instrumental)

Hawaiian guitar is aped and warbled for a demented holiday in the islands. Raspy sax intercedes, and a cycling backtrack carries the weight. "Twist Hawaiano" isn't essential, but it sure is unique.

Corazon De Roca dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Corazon De Roca" is a mid tempo blues number with a saxy fifties sound. It's not particularly engaging.

Luna De Manacura dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow cycling patterns suggest island surf and a theme a little like "Adventures In Paradise." A double picked middle verse adds to the surfability of "Luna De Manacura." This is really quite nice.

Madison El Viajero dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

This is perhaps inspired by the dance called The Madison, or maybe not, but its tone verges on surf reverb. Sax breaks and a very pleasant melody, along with pretty darn good licks give this near surf instro a coastal feel.

El Paso Del Elefantito dotdotdotdot
Zoo Surf (Instrumental)

"El Paso Del Elefantito" translates to "Baby Elephant Walk." I'm quite sure that Henry Mancini didn't mean this, though perhaps he should have. Surfish second guitar, whacky lead, and a relentless rhythm track. It's quite a cool track.

El Hombre Frio dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This instro is a relatively trad variation of the Mexican standard, with guitar lead, Mariachi screams, and raw instrumentation. Fun and infectious. This band's version of "Louie Louie" is grand, and worth a listen if you encounter it.

Fumando dotdotdot
Instrumental Rock (Instrumental)

"Fumando" rises slowly, has a rock backtrack, and honkin' sax, and it also features double picked bluesy jammin' guitar. Part blues and part surf. Quite nice.

Viaje Submarino dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Bubbles gurgle as Los Apson play "Viaje Submarino," a song that has another title, but I'll be darned if I can extract it from my memory. Lumbering, aquatic, period rock cool, and slightly exotic.

Yo, Yo Madison dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very pedestrian stroll with reverb. It's really not more than a jam. The drums occasionally rock.