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The Lancers - Baja c/w When Johnny Comes Draggin' Homedotdotdotdot
artworkThis fine circa '65 single is a prime example of creative use of in-the-red recording. Solid performances made hotter by an engineer with a hangover.
Picks: Baja, When Johnny Comes Draggin' Home

Track by Track Review


Baja dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This great raw version of Lee Hazelwood's' "Baja" just plain rocks. Extra crunchy, nearly dry guitars, and high energy are brandished with no remorse in this fine single. It's coarseness and in-the-red audio give it a loud sound. Long overdue for inclusion on one of these bootleg comps, the Lancers's dry and intense version is both raw and restrained. It remains one of my favorite covers of this tune after nearly forty years. Great stuff.

When Johnny Comes Draggin' Home dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Lancers had a raw sound indeed. This is the B-side to their incredible garage version of "Baja." It rips and pummels. Great primitive raw edged surf.