Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Huevos Rancheros - Longo Weekendo Fiestadotdot
artworkHuevos Rancheros are a monster aggro instro band. I like their studio tracks a lot, and I was looking forward to a great live CD. The performances are mostly pretty good, not as hot as I expected, and the recording is either soundboard or ambient or some combination, in other words, not too good. Too bad. Maybe one day they'll get to KFJC and play in the pit where we'll document their rage and fury just right. If you're a fan, you won't care. If you're not familiar with them, get into them elsewhere first so you aren't disappointed. This is a good band. This CD just doesn't measure up.
Picks: Ride the Big E, Endsville, Telstar, Get Outta Dodge, Smart Bomb, Huevosaurus, Rocket To Nowhere, Wild n' Wendy, Secret Recipe, Whiteout In Wyoming, Hotel Loneliness, Psyclone, Where's The Bathroom, Jack The Ripper, Gump Worsley's Lament, Bar-B-Cutie, Raunchy, Go West Young Bee, Gut Bomb, Mexi Mix, Rawhide

Track by Track Review


Ride the Big E dot
Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

The big introduction... a chord held...

Endsville dotdot
Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

"Endsville" is a chord progression repeated over a cowpoke rhythm track... sorta like you might imagine Austin CowSurf sounding.

Telstar dotdot
Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

While vibrant, this is another pedestrian cover of Joe Meek's classic tune. The arrangement reminds me of the early eighties live version the Humans recorded at the Catalyst for the "Surf City Underground" compilation, only not as infectious.

Get Outta Dodge dotdotdot
Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

"Get Outta Dodge" sports an interesting structure with nicely crafted bridged. Agressive and creative.

Smart Bomb dotdotdot
Surf Spy (Instrumental)

Huevos Rancheros do a rockin' wonder called "Smart Bomb" in their usual way.

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Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

As big as it's name, a Link Wray styled jammer, very heavy.

Rocket To Nowhere dot
Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

A lot like the second track, but not as memorable.

Wild n' Wendy dotdotdot
Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

Another unmemorable track, nice enough in it's way, but would be better well recorded.

Secret Recipe dot
Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

Just a pattern... I already forgot what I heard.

Whiteout In Wyoming dotdotdot
Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

My perennial Huevos Favora played incredibly well, but the recording is so weak...

Hotel Loneliness dotdotdot
Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

A slow number that would be great in a studio, or in the pit... at KFJC.

Psyclone dotdotdot
Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

This is the same tune Link Protrudi & the Jay Men did. As with others, it would be sooo great well recorded.

Where's The Bathroom dotdotdot
Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

A quirky tune that needs subtlety to my ears.

Jack The Ripper dotdotdot
Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

Another version... too many pedestrian versions on record. It's a grand tune, and fun to play, and a crowd pleaser, but if it's going to be issued, well, it ought to be killer.

Gump Worsley's Lament dotdot
Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

A riff & a prayer...

Bar-B-Cutie dotdotdot
Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

A cow poke food fight... way fun.

Raunchy dotdot
Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

"Raunchy" just doesn't work without a sax or a second guitar...

Go West Young Bee dotdot
Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

Whoa... more rodeo punk.

Gut Bomb dotdot
Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

A punkoidal rumba.

Mexi Mix dotdot
Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

"La Cucaracha" into "Tequila" for a mere minute... pedestrian arrangement.

Rawhide dotdotdot
Raw Link Wray Garage Rock (Instrumental)

Great Link Wray performance.