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The Sentinals - Vegas Go Godotdotdot
artworkThis is the illusive third album from San Luis Obispo's Sentinals, recorded live in Las Vegas. What it likely shows off best is the real sound of the band, who were an R&B band with a tuff hard edge and Mexican roots. Much more in the vein of the Rhythm Kings / Soul Kings / Charades than their Del-Fi releases let on (except for "Shout" and "Oh Poo Pah Doo"), this disc shows displays a band on fire with energy and drive. Of the ten tracks on the LP, only three are instrumental. It has yet to be reissued on CD.
Picks: Get It, Exotic, Go Go

Track by Track Review


Get It dotdotdot
Mariachi Surf (Instrumental)

This is a rousing performance of "Get It" which shows off it's frat-mariachi roots. The crowd digs the track, and the Sentinals play it pretty true to the original, only faster and with much more spunk. The horns lead the way as the guitar pumps out a fine rhythm and the drums pound! "Get It" was originally cut by Al Garcia's multi-named Soul Kings / Rhythm Kings / Charades, and appeared on KFWB / KYA / KPOI / KDWB Battle Of The Surfing Bands LP.

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Mariachi Surf (Instrumental)

It's more than a little interesting to hear the Sentinals rock this song out in the original dual-horn near mariachi arrangement first cut the the "Rhythm Kings." It's a fine up tempo romp through the California Mexican rock instro sound. Great stuff!

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Mariachi Surf (Instrumental)

"Go Go" is a 4 minute drums solo from the sticks and tribal rhythms of Johnny Barbata. There are similarities to the cadence he used in "Latin Soul" at times, but mostly this is one tuff workout. Drum solos often bore, but this seems to be quite a trip down percussion lane. Love the cow bell!