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The Champs - The Best Of The Champs - Tequiladotdotdot
artworkA mini collection of Champs material, including a couple of hits, and at a budget price - around $6. A nice introduction to the Champs. I didn't review all the tracks - just the ones that might be squeezed into a surf show that allows side trips.
Picks: Tequila, Too Much Tequila, Rebel Rouser, Lonely Bull, Telstar

Track by Track Review


Tequila dotdotdotdot
Latin R&B Rock (Instrumental)

This is their BIG HIT!. It is a sax based number that was probably the frat house standard, long before "Louie Louie" was. The spoken "Tequila" at the end of the lines has become a standard of Latin party rock. Very infectious.

Too Much Tequila dotdotdot
Latin R&B Rock (Instrumental)

This is one of several follow ups to their "Tequila." It is a sax based number, slower than it's inspiration, and with more of an "El Rancho Grande" sound to it. The guitar break is acoustic and quite nice.

Rebel Rouser dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A Champsified version of the Duane Eddy hit tune. It's spirited, but somehow more tame than Duane's.

Lonely Bull dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A different take on the standard made so mariachi by Herb Alpert. It is way more mariachi, and the melody line is a bit different. Nice track.

Telstar dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Really, with sax lead... a stranger sound you never heard - well, I've heard stranger versions of this actually. It makes it all so Mexican restaurant acceptable.