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Los Rauncheros - Idol Handsdotdotdot
artworkThis is a seven song set with only two originals, but the classics are remade into the signature sound of Los Rauncheros, which is slightly slower and large.
Picks: Surfsonica, Apache, Idol Hands, Diamond Head, Mr. Moto, Surf Rider, Miserlou

Track by Track Review


Surfsonica dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surfsonica" is a song with extensive whammy action that warbles and calls to you. With the intensity of Texas surf (which it is), the song is also sports some very delicate playing. Drama and a heavy wash of sound, juxtaposed to light haunting passages with whammy galore.

Apache dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jerry Lordan often covered "Apache" is delivered in a heavy handed style, unlike many-most covers. It retains the fluidity of the song, but also employs a strength not often heard.

Idol Hands dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The album's title track is a grand exploration in rhythm and sci-fi. Not the quirky kind, but the haunted unnatural kind. Tribal, moody, dissonant, and spooky. A fine instro.

Diamond Head dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Unlike the Ventures and virtually all covers of this song, Los Rauncheros give "Diamond Head" edge without missing the point in the process. It's slower and more deliberate.

Mr. Moto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mr. Moto" is done in a more deliberate fashion that gives it a rock anthem feel. More drama and intensity. Quite a nice change.

Surf Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thick without being un-surf, "Surf Rider" flows like a dangerous river rather than rolling like a huge swell. Nicely rearranged without doing serious surgery.

Miserlou dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Medium-fast, kind of like a cross between the Guitar Ramblers and Dick Dale on a lazy afternoon. It's an interesting combination that renders it fresh and appealing.