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Cadillac Angels - Live at KFJCdotdotdotdot
artworkMan oh man! When they were the Road House Rockers, I had the privilege of recording them for Big Myke Destiny. They were hot. Great vocals, and even greater instros. Their two CD's are very good, whether you like rockabilly or not. When Myke said they asked for me to produce some instros for them, I was honored and thrilled. They came into KFJC on the afternoon of November 20, 1996 and play 12 instros which we committed to tape. It was stellar. Not only can they play and write, but their attitude is nothing short of comfortable and easy to work with. Unbelievable! Here's the lowdown on the session.
Picks: Wray Gunn, Swamp Cooler, SO BO!, Martinez, Snakin' Around, Ferris County, Jack The Ripper, Fiebre Del Rey #1, Fiebre Del Rey #2, Tiger Guitar, Back Beat #1, Back Beat #2, Guitaro, (Ghost) Riders In The Sky

Track by Track Review


Wray Gunn dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

An amazing Link Wray style number with a smooth bass line and a ringing distorted guitar sound. Link Wray isn't just a good guitar player, he's the law! That's why his influence is so widely felt. Like here, where Tony Tarzan and friends do your basic Link-like riff to great effect. Edge, grind, and danger. Too bitchin'

Swamp Cooler dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Cows doing the Texas Line Dance in the Bayou while Jimmy plots a sneak attack to brand 'em in their sleep. Melodic and cool.

SO BO! dotdotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Hoe-down with Link lurking in the amplifier. A great song with raspy vibrato and oh-so cool tribal drums. The double picking is quite intense.

Martinez dotdotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Rolling toms and a twangin' melody line sounds so cool... The melody line is quite satisfying... no rhythm guitar required 'cause sparse is the key here... A great surf number.

Snakin' Around dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

50's cool walkin' bass line a la street rumble scenes from some period film. The stretched guitar meanders into great vibrato ominosity. It coulda been called "Cool Cat Rumble."

Ferris County dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

A slow dance at the barn raisin' very pretty and the spaciousness of the arrangement works well.

Jack The Ripper dotdotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

While it's hard to ruin this, it's also hard to top either the original or any of a dozen stellar covers, but the Cadillac Angels have succeeded in capturing Link's spirit and yet carved out a unique rendition that just drags you down the road kicking and screaming for joy. Viola!

Fiebre Del Rey #1 dotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Very different character than the version on their most recent CD. Still ominous and a boogie down tune. Take one has an engineering glitch... sorry guys!

Fiebre Del Rey #2 dotdotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Very different character than the version on their most recent CD. Still ominous and a boogie down tune. Take two is perfect... yikes! I dig this number!

Tiger Guitar dotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

A basic 50's boogie guitar jam with nifty riffs and a great walking bass line!

Back Beat #1 dotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

A surfabilly monster that's been hiding in obscurity forever... until now. The upright bass slappin' frenzy is dynamite. Take one is flawed with an uncorrectable level change.

Back Beat #2 dotdotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

A surfabilly monster that's been hiding in obscurity forever... until now. The upright bass slappin' frenzy is dynamite. Take two is amazing! Micky's bass antics are a perfect match for this hyperbolic romp.

Guitaro dotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Twangus Maximus... very nasty... vibratisimo! Originally from Mustang Lightning.

(Ghost) Riders In The Sky dotdotdotdotdot
Cowpoke Surf (Instrumental)

Whoa! Simply the best cover I've ever heard... The character is stunningly raw, the rockabilly drums are superb , and the machine gun bass is perfecto... together, they rip this to shreds. It has to be heard at 100 decibels.