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artworkLos Straitjackets cover 15 rock classics in a very straight forward fashion. Mostly instro, but also with a few cool vocals, including "Bim Bam Baby," "A Town Without Pity," a Spanish version of "Girl Of My Best Friend," "I Thought It Over," a rippin' read of the Trashmen's "King Of The Surf," and "Bad Reputation."

This disc is not distributed to stores, but is available only at gigs and via the Yep Roc and Los Straitjackets websites.
Picks: Out Of Limits, Our Favorite Martian, Moon River, Jack The Ripper, The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt, Telstar, Perfidia, Magnificent Seven, Last Date

Track by Track Review


Out Of Limits dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Strait out of the era... sorta. "Out Of Limits" is very reverently done, but with none of the cheese of the Joe Saraceno session. It's simply clean and direct. Pure instro pleasure.

Our Favorite Martian dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a really nice traditional presentation of Bobby Fuller and the Fanatics' classic surf instro. Extremely precise and reverent, with the military precision of Jimmy Lester's drums and Pete Curry's bass supporting Danny Amis and Eddie Angels' glorious surf guitars. Nice job lads.

Moon River dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very nice track. Light and fluid, with a subtle grin at the corner of its collective mouth, "Moon River" is like a cross between light rock and late fifties easy guitar.

Jack The Ripper dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a rippin' clean version of Link Wray's extra boss "Jack The Ripper." Like a cross between the classic Los Straitjackets sound and Eddie Angel's more primitive hard edged solo tracks. OK, more towards the Los Straitjackets sound, but edgier. Great stuff!

The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Arranged with Nashville twang and crisply cut, "The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt" moves away from the understatement that was the original and the shallowness of the familiar Challengers cover into a more demanding and warm sound. This tune was one of just a handful of Shadows tunes that attempted to bridge the Atlantic into the surf idiom.

Telstar dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Joe Meek's classic grungy "Telstar" is smoothed out quite a bit. Vibrato and a chorus, and a tongue in cheek kind of sincerity. Quite nice.

Perfidia dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

In a rich tribute to the second Ventures single, Los Straitjackets modify only the drums to fit their sound. Very nice. No, it's not really exactly the same, with a fuller sound and more energy, but it sure does pay homage to the V-boys.

Magnificent Seven dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Finally, after so many years playing this great film score live, they commit it to tape in the studio. Elmer Bernstein's theme was used for a series of Marlboro ads during the sixties, with a logo character called the Marlboro Man, who looked like a serious version of the Granny Goose cowboy. Los Straitjackets have captured the silliness of the ad and the richness of the film score, while also preserving their signature crunch. A very cool track.

Last Date dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Floyd Cramer's "Last Date" is a great vehicle for the soft side of Los Straitjackets. Not just well done and suave, it's also a little humorous and quite friendly.