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Los Straitjackets - Los Straitjackets in Concert (YepRoc DVD Bonus MP3 Album)dotdotdotdot
artworkThis bonus album comes as a download with the DVD, and sports three tracks not on the video!
Picks: Outta Gear, State Fair, Calhoun Surf, Can You Dig it, Kawanga, University Blvd., Time Bomb, Tailspin, Magnificent Seven, Midnight Cowboy, Isn't Love Grand, The Munsters, Sing Sing Sing

Track by Track Review

Outta Gear dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Live, "Outta Gear" is an even bigger rooster-on-the-walk monster than in the studio, and this take is hotter than the one on Damas Y Caballeros. It's gritty, infectious and tongue in cheek delightful.

State Fair dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

After all these years, "State Fair" remains too fun. The dry surf chop rhythm and the warm melody line come together in a perfectly crafted Danny Amis lead number. The distortion on the lead adds edge. Superb!

Calhoun Surf dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Overtones' "Calhoun Surf" rocks mightily as Danny's fluid melody and happy charm bounce with a grinning gate and excellent surf credentials. Infectious rhythm and great drums.

Can You Dig it dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sporting a very cool vibrato melody, this song is enjoyable and earthy, with a clean sound and friendly twang. You can just see the masked marvels as you listen to this! Smooth, and very nice indeed!

Kawanga dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Kawanga" is a Tour de Surf in Los Straitjackets' impeccable style. They use several extracts from surf history - the "Wipe Out" drum break, touches of "Fun Fun Fun" and more . It's humorous, intriguing, and biting tuff. Great track.

University Blvd. dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"University Blvd." is just slow a groove! It's a playful ode to the street of desire and a no worry life. A very melodic and pretty track with all the finesse it needs, and plenty of twang. Great for a stroll down the boulevard of life.

Time Bomb dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Time Bomb" lumbers through monster grind with thick fuzz. It is deliberately paced for maximum plunder. song is monstrous!

Tailspin dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Right from the double picked intro, "Tailspin" sucks you right in. It is very fast, fun, high energy, and mostly a riff slammed into your subconscious, emphasized with major low-E double picked rage during the bridge.

Magnificent Seven dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a great live take on Elmer Bernstein's theme. They have captured the richness of the film score while employing their signature crunch! Simply wonderful!

Midnight Cowboy dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slow and sinewy rendering of the film score to "Midnight Cowboy." Simply lovely!

Isn't Love Grand dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Isn't Love Grand" is a very melodic and bouncy number. Its warmth is contagious and friendly. This song is more than satisfying. Great tone and drums!

The Munsters dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a sort of chicken bop rendering of Vic Mizzy's theme to the "Munsters" TV show. Mostly crunchy, but the first break is delicately muted and so cool, and the second shimmers with tremolo. I love this!

Sing Sing Sing dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Luis Prima's "Sing Sing Sing" works out atop tribal drums with clear respect to its big band origins. The drums are very much a part of the feel of this song. Totally infectious.