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Jim Messina and the Jesters - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkThis LP was issued in the early seventies on Thimble. It contains remixes or re-recordings of classic Jim Messina and the Jesters instros in stereo.

The band includes Jim Messina on lead guitar, Glenn Frey, Bill Beckman, and/or Ron House on dual rhythm guitars, Jim Sholstedt on bass, Dave Archuleta on sax, and Larry Cundieff on drums.
Picks: Honky Tonk, Raunchy, The Breeze and I, High Voltage, Yang Bu, Chihiuahua [Chihuahua], The Jester, Hollywood Sound, Masatlan Rally, No Name Dragster, The Cossack, Tamale Wagon #1

Track by Track Review


Honky Tonk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bill Dogget that had the hit? This is a nice surf adaptation of an old R&B instro. Nice performance, and the tone suits the melody.

Raunchy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A thick and unusual version of the Bill Justis hit, but not very interesting. Chunky and full of screams from the band.

The Breeze and I dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A double picked fiery lead accompanied by a dry second guitar and a thumpy bass and drums. Strong delivery, with a thick sound. This track wails, with a fast delivery and plenty of energy.

High Voltage dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Screaming engines, squealing tires, and thundering tom toms launch this high energy pounder. The melody is minimal, but the chord progression is unusual. Infectious and spirited.

Yang Bu dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Super chunky mean surf. The boys scream and shout relentlessly. The melody is shallow, but the ominous nature of the tune is very magnetic. This is a powerful and vicious surf track. It is also the Jesters' most familiar track.

Chihiuahua [Chihuahua] dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This traditional Mexican melody sounds really good converted to a surf track. The melody is a lot like the sort of thing Paul Johnson was writing in the early days of surf. It's rhythmic, infectious, and chunky. The bouncy and playful performance are quite enjoyable.

The Jester dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is just about as powerful and fast as surf gets, spitting notes out like machine gun bullets. The melody is a fine infectious bit of writing. This high powered track is just about the best Jim Messina writing ever. Nearly every cover IÕve heard has paled to this and the Thimble version.

Hollywood Sound dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This has that funky Sunset Strip Go-Go club rhythm, and a chunky sound. It's a jam, and probably useful to end sets for that break.

Masatlan Rally dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With the flair of a Mexicano and the style of a hot roddin' surfnik, Jim Messina chunks out an intensely rhythmic and driving song. Strong and edgy, with plenty of surf reverb.

No Name Dragster dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This track employs a funky progression, is R&B oriented R&B, and has a fairly non surf melody line. Not very interesting.

The Cossack dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The other great killer monster from the Jesters. This punishes the peace and quiet of an afternoon daydream with violently powerful double picking, and spectacular writing. The backtrack is not very Russian, but the melody is both eastern European and middle eastern sounding. Great track.

Tamale Wagon #1 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tamale Wagon #1" is a splashy Mexican number with a cool party rhythm and a relaxed pace. The progression is the dominant feature, though the melody is very cool.