Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Latin Rockers Of The '50s and '60sdotdotdot
artwork50 "Latin" bands doing primitive recordings from the sixties primarily. Much of this comes from the Live in Las Vegas series of albums. All mono.
Picks: Exotic, Apache, Peter Gunn, El Paso Del Elefantito, Go Go, Get It

Track by Track Review


Exotic dotdotdotdot
Mariachi Surf (Instrumental)

It's more than a little interesting to hear the Sentinals rock this song out in the original dual-horn near mariachi arrangement first cut the the "Rhythm Kings." It's a fine up tempo romp through the California Mexican rock instro sound. Great stuff!

Apache dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a sort of surfy cover of Jerry Lordan's classic "Apache." They cover the Jorgen Ingmann arrangement, and there are double picked transitions. Tight and very genuine sounding.

Peter Gunn dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very tasteful and restrained version of Henry Mancini's TV detective theme "Peter Gunn." The reverb paces it generally within the surf envelope. There's nothing here that really sets it apart. The arrangement is relatively unchanging.

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.

Go Go dotdotdot
Mariachi Surf (Instrumental)

"Go Go" is a 4 minute drums solo from the sticks and tribal rhythms of Johnny Barbata. There are similarities to the cadence he used in "Latin Soul" at times, but mostly this is one tuff workout. Drum solos often bore, but this seems to be quite a trip down percussion lane. Love the cow bell!

Get It dotdotdot
Mariachi Surf (Instrumental)

This is a rousing performance of "Get It" which shows off it's frat-mariachi roots. The crowd digs the track, and the Sentinals play it pretty true to the original, only faster and with much more spunk. The horns lead the way as the guitar pumps out a fine rhythm and the drums pound! "Get It" was originally cut by Al Garcia's multi-named Soul Kings / Rhythm Kings / Charades, and appeared on KFWB / KYA / KPOI / KDWB Battle Of The Surfing Bands LP.