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Los Shain's - Anthologydotdotdot
artworkThis is a solid collection of tracks from this legendary band. It includes a number of their instrumentals.
Picks: Shains A-Go-Go, Misirlou, Agente Secreto, El Bano del Pajaro Tablista, El Sabor de la Miel, Apache 66, Algo Divertido Y Loco, De Repente Tu Me Amas, Nunca Regresare A Georgia

Track by Track Review


Shains A-Go-Go dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Hot rockin' speedy near surf twango from Los Shains. This is a ripper with a bunch-o-spunk and fire. The vocal verse is limited to uttering the title a coupe of times. Frat with soul and charm, and a whole lot of energy. The lead guitar and drums are pretty cool!

Misirlou dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is to Dick Dale's version like The Lively Ones' is, but much less driven. The lead guitar is back in the mix and the bass too upfront. The energy is there, and the drums rock.

Agente Secreto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Intense tone and twang deliver a solid instrumental version of Phil Sloane's TV theme made famous by Johnny Rivers. The chorus sings the title at the requisite points, but otherwise, "Agente Secreto" is a twangin' spyster with spunk and edge. One odd thing is that the band seems to slow down at one point just slightly, as if they are losing their place, but then pick it up again.

El Bano del Pajaro Tablista dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a raucous cover of The Trashmen's "Bird Bath," with surf tone and all the vocalizations required. Totally fun, full of life, and pumping good fun.

El Sabor de la Miel dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked twango opens Bobby Scott and Ric Marlow's "El Sabor de la Miel." Based on a number of sixties versions, this is spunky and fun, and the organ in the middle just whistles! Quite nice.

Apache 66 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of the more original arrangements of Jerry Lordan's best known works. Nothing like the Shadows tameness, this is based on the Jorgen Ingmann version with plenty of surf reverb and cool picking effects, but does use some of the Shadow's phrasing. It shows what a little distance and creativity can do. The percussive attack and the throbbing vibrato verses add variety. Excellent power tom-toms, and cool drive.

Algo Divertido Y Loco dotdotdotdot
Garage (Vocal)

"Algo Divertido Y Loco" is a vocal cover of Paul revere and the Raiders' "Hungry." It's here because Los Shain's use a full tremolo version of "Apache" for the instro break in much the same way that The Edgar Broughton Band did when they covered Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band's "Dropout Boogie" as "Apache Dropout." It's shimmering with tremolo glory and delicate guitar lines. Really good! The version of Hungry isn't bad either.

Sellado Con Un Beso dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Brian Hyland's "Sealed With A Kiss" is done with organ lead. The drums seem to be the best part of this otherwise kind of cheesy instro. The sax and trumpet verse is pretty nice though.

De Repente Tu Me Amas dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

The Tremolos' "Suddenly You Love Me" is done in a lighter pop style. The rhythm guitar and melody lines are very nice. The drums are rock, which keeps this from being a backdrop. The trumpet lines make it more commercial. All in all, "De Repente Tu Me Amas" is pretty fun.

Nunca Regresare A Georgia dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an interesting interpretation of The Blues Magoos' "Never Goin' Back To Georgia." It's much less Latin jazz and more Santana in the garage. Smooth and fluid, saucy, and rhythmically sensual. Quite nice.