Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: El Loco Rocanrol Vol. 1dotdotdot
artworkTwenty plus tracks from vintage Mexican bands, mostly from used vinyl sources, many of which are ripe with pops and clicks, and none of which have seen any effort to restore or even get rid of stereo artifacts. Still, the last track is the insanely cool "Jinetes En El Cielo" from Los Babys.
Picks: Los Babys - Jinetes En El Cielo, Los Rockets - Tarantula

Track by Track Review


Los Babys - Jinetes En El Cielo dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

This is one of the most fun covers of The Ramrods' "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky" around. It's psychedelic garage from the work go, and surf from feeling. Tape echo is abused mercilessly for exceptionally cool affects, much as The Wangs did with "Bali Ha'i." Long double picked Echoplex slides and weirdness, and a great beat with pumping bass and solid drums. More fun than should be legal!

Los Hitters - Mary Y Juana dotdot
Frat (Instrumental)

A fifties rock'n'roll beat that doesn't stray far from Chuck Berry sports a riff rocker lots of vigor, but little melody.

Los Rebeldes Del Rock - Trastorando dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Trastorando" has the flair and R&B beat of the fifties, as well as the minimal riff rock style that was so common in that decade. Not particularly interesting.

Los Rockets - Tarantula dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Rockin' drums back up a guitar instro with a very cool bass line. The lead riff is pretty basic, but the second verse when the guitar is played with more flair is very cool.