Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Les Jaguars - Les Jaguars Vol. 1
|More great tracks from Les Jaguars, circa 1964.|
Picks: Arvida, Nous Voici, Attaque, Aventures Dans Les Iles, Berceuse Twist, Le Repos Du Jaguar, Le Marchand De Melons, Maria Elena, Parce Que, Twiste Et Chante
Track by Track Review
Cool use of echo on the rhythm guitar, and a gutty Link-like lead progression, with some nearly chicken bop pickin'. The foot-stompin' beat under the main line creates a dramatic back road feel. Quite cool. Los Straitjackets should do this, Eddie Angel would love it.
Presurf attitude, and energy to spare. This drum pounder "attacks" the listener, as the title implies. Almost surf, but with a slightly more fifties sound.
"Aventures Dans Les Iles" is a splendid version of the theme to "Adventures In Paradise," surfed up only by the Challengers back in the day. Islandic, whammified, and rich. Too cool. The fifties back beat makes it an island unto itself.
"Berceuse Twist" open like an MOR sorta thing, but quickly becomes a fifties rocker. Progression dominated, its structure is pure late fifties guitar rock.
great slowly dribbled damped chords behind a Link Wray-ish strollin' lead and a walking rhythm section. Haunting and warm, like the Viscounts were on occasion, but without the vibrato.
"Le Marchand De Melons" is a pretty darn surfy version of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man," made famous by Mongo Santamaria. Double picking and moderate tempo, and a walking bass line. This is a priceless bit of morphology. Excellent tone and fluid performance. If the Lively Ones cut this, it would be a lot like this! hey wait! they did under the mane the Surf Mariachis!
"Maria Elena" has been recorded endlessly by MOR acts, and a number of rock bands as well. This version features echoed lead and rhythm, with the rhythm damped and plucked, and the lead sustained. The slow pace and exceptionally good picking make this a damn cool instro in the Canadian style that lies between the Shadows and American guitar.
Bearing some relationship to the concept of the slower Lively Ones' tunes, "Parce Que" is pretty, fluid, watery, and romantic. An excellent track, like it was strait out of the Longshoreman's Hall in 1963.
"Twist Et Chante" is a cove of the Isley Brothers' "Twist and Shout" with one eye on surf and the other on the brothers. It's wet and slushy, solid and playful. Too cool.