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Los Straitjackets - A Marshmallow World / Sleigh Ride / Outta Geardotdotdotdot
artworkWell well! Nashville's grand inquisitors of the surf scene have issued a promo-only Christmas CD single. This is so cool. There are few bands that can play so marvelously with such grace and humor.
Picks: A Marshmallow World, Sleigh Ride, Outta Gear

Track by Track Review


A Marshmallow World dotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

This venerable Christmas song gets the masked treatment, starting with the kernel of the Ventures idea, and morphing into the crunch and punch of Los Straitjackets. A pretty straight ahead arrangement and a less than their usual inspired performance on this track. I expected more puff in the marshmallow.

Sleigh Ride dotdotdotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

Now this is more like it! A great rendition of the Ventures arrangement. The performance is top-drawer Los Straitjackets, fiery and humorous. The lead guitar tones are great, with vibrato oscillating in your ears. I love this track. These guys are soooo good! Very cool indeed.

Outta Gear dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The chickens are swaying to this rooster-on-the-walk monster, infectious and tongue in cheek delightful.