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Los Straitjackets - All Access Virtual Box Setdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a monumental collection of releases fromLos Straitjackets, encompassing 10 releases in mp3 format. Herein lie The Utterly Fantastic and Totally Unbelievable Sound of Los Straitjackets, Viva Los Straitjackets!, The Velvet Touch of Los Straitjackets, Damas y Caballeros, Sing Along With Los Straitjackets, Tis The Season For Los Straitjackets, Supersonic Guitars in 3-D, Los Straitjackets Play Favorites, Twist Party, and Rock En Espanol Vol. 1. This MP3 only release is available exclusively from YepRoc online. If you don't own Los Straitjackets, this monster will surely give you your fix.
Picks: Fury, G-Man, Straitjacket, Jetty Motel, Car Hop, Caveman, Tailspin, University Blvd., Gatecrasher, Itchy Chicken, Della Street, Calhoun Surf, Rampage, Lynxtail, Wrong Planet, Outta Gear, Pacifica, Lurking In The Shadows, Brains and Eggs, Venturing Out, Tsunami, Nightmare In Monte Cristo, Kawanga!, Rockula, Close To Champaign, Hornet's Nest, My Heart Will Go On [love theme from Titanic], Tempest, Tijuana Boots, Sing, Sing, Sing, Tabouli, Sterno, State Fair, All That Glitters, Outta Gear, State Fair, The Casbah, Calhoun Surf, Itchy Chicken, Last Date, Kawanga, I'm Branded, My Heart Will Go On (love theme from Titanic), Squad Car, Rockula, Tempest, Lynxtail, Tailspin, Pacifica, Driving Guitars, Sing Sing Sing, Sleep Walk, Rawhide, Shake That Rat, A Huevo, Our Favorite Martian, The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt, Here Comes Santa Claus, A Marshmallow World, Feliz Navidad, Jingle Bell Rock, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Frosty The Snowman, Christmas In Las Vegas, Let It Snow, Sleigh Ride, Christmas Weekend, Little Drummer Boy, The Christmas Song, Time Bomb, Can You Dig It, San Diego Shutdown, Isn't Love Grand, Giggle Water, Midnight In Salerno, Jungleaya, Galaxy Drive, Tarantula, Dreamland, Out Of Limits, Our Favorite Martian, Jack The Ripper, The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt, Telstar, Perfidia, Magnificent Seven, Last Date, On Tap, The Mad Scientwist, All Back To Drac's, Whittier Blvd.

Track by Track Review


Los Straitjackets - Fury dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An explosion opens this grindy power twang track, with L. J. Lester flying around his drum kit. Major crunch and wham-bam, and machine gun double picked break like early rockabilly fire breathers.

Los Straitjackets - G-Man dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Gee man, this is a fine mid tempo spy ish track, with round twangy guitar over a slow paced bed. Eerie guitar tones and dangerous liaisons. Ringing notes, reverb, and rich textures. The melody is just dangerous enough to convey the title's message. The big chord drama in the middle is very cool.

Los Straitjackets - Straitjacket dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Percussion and a slow beat, and an ominous let-me-out-of-here beat. This is very low down and mean, not desperate or escapist, but angry and boiling under a placid surface. Remarkable.

Los Straitjackets - Jetty Motel dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I love this highly melodic track. It has pure surf feel and great surf sounds. The twang and the flair are impeccably delivered to great effect.

Los Straitjackets - Car Hop dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Exports' obscuro Car Hop covered exquisitely as only Los Straitjackets can do it. Low down guitar twang, and that marvelous melody. The counter point between the guitars and the drums is a stroke of genius. Great track.

Los Straitjackets - Caveman dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

As L. J. opens with his "Cave Man" cry, the band breaks into this lumbering Neanderthal of a song. You can just picture low brow knuckle draggers peering out of the mouth of their cave wondering what those insipid homo sapiens are doing out there with their guitars. It really captures the image and the IQ of a failed species. Great track.

Los Straitjackets - Tailspin dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From the double picked intro slam, the track sucks you right in, as do most of their monsters. 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.

Los Straitjackets - University Blvd. dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and playful ode to the street of desire and no worry life. This is a very melodic and pretty track. It has all the finesse it needs, and plenty of twang. Great for a stroll down the boulevard of life.

Los Straitjackets - Gatecrasher dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The band flies high on this track, with the energy and chemistry perfectly in sync. Power beat and double picked introductory phrases lead to an infectious performance with Danny in the lead. There's no mistaking the surf foundation here. Majorly enjoyable and energetic.

Los Straitjackets - Itchy Chicken dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Out in the barnyard, the chicks are peckin' at the ground, looking for a few grains to scarf down. The guitar plays the part of the chicken voice so well, and the flying double picked parts are fever pitched. Grindy, fast, super fun.

Los Straitjackets - Della Street dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The street, not Perry Mason's secretary, or is it the other way 'round. This is a coy little number with a great walking bass line that speaks volumes about the suaveness of the subject matter, which ever it may be. Fine guitar work, and a detective sort of air.

Los Straitjackets - Calhoun Surf dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Danny Amis' first ever composition (from his days with his first band the Overtones ) rocks mightily. His fluid melody and happy charm bounce with a grinning gate and excellent surf credentials. Infectious rhythm and great drums.

Los Straitjackets - Rampage dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Machine guns, screaming girls, and grinding pummeling guitars using major amounts of twang. Relentless lowbrow fun.

Los Straitjackets - Lynxtail dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Twanging vibratoed chords, a Link Wray sort of structure, and too much magnetism. Fine suave evil, and shimmering tone.

Los Straitjackets - Cavalcade dotdot
Metal Guitar Hero (Instrumental)

The best cover of this song is from Spiral Jetty. This is too heroic, too spotlight, and not funky enough. This is ok, just too predictable.

Los Straitjackets - The Casbah dotdot
Metal Guitar Hero (Instrumental)

Vince GuaraldiÕs most familiar tune from the first PeanutÕs TV special. Gary Hoey delivers a powerhouse version, with none of the subtlety, but plenty of energy, like a minor Jimi Hendrix clone interpretation. ItÕs enjoyable, and not too long, but still a bit too guitar hero for my taste. The surf arrangement from JFA is by far the best rock interpretation of this song.

Los Straitjackets - Wrong Planet dotdotdot
Metal Guitar Hero (Instrumental)

Watery scenes from the gloomy side of the sea. Slower and moodier, this is actually a listenable and visual track, though itÕs entirely too long. After the lengthy intro, it swells to a howling evil thunder and shrill scream that might have come from the Scorpions in Ō74. The more delicate work just past that is enjoyable. ItÕs a very pompous track, but has more art to it than others here. A little less festival guitar stuff would keep it from losing the thread. It is an effective track.

Los Straitjackets - Lonely Apache dot
Metal Guitar Hero (Instrumental)

Semi jazzy riffs, thick power trio sound, and too much noodle with too little melody.

Los Straitjackets - Outta Gear dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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

Los Straitjackets - Pacifica dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a stunningly beautiful coastal song, with shear imagery and almost Polynesian twang. The track gives immediate warmth of the sun and a sense of a slight breeze on the face. Stunningly fluid track.

Los Straitjackets - Espionage dot
Metal Guitar Hero (Instrumental)

Heavy sludge metal version of the Surfaris hit. ItÕs been done to death, even if you just consider metal version.

Los Straitjackets - Swampfire dotdotdot
Metal Guitar Hero (Instrumental)

Studio track, with a softer, more fluid sound and more arty sense about it. Still not very melodic, and definitely prog based. ItÕs an easily listened to track, but not memorable.

Los Straitjackets - Lawnmower dotdot
Metal Guitar Hero (Instrumental)

This is a reggae and sludge mix of the Focus hit. Studio fret board fingering show off.

Los Straitjackets - Lurking In The Shadows dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A double picked fiery lead accompanied by a dry second guitar and a thumpy bass and drums. Strong delivery, with a thick sound. This track wails, with a fast delivery and plenty of energy.

Los Straitjackets - Brains and Eggs dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A thick and unusual version of the Bill Justis hit, but not very interesting. Chunky and full of screams from the band.

Los Straitjackets - Venturing Out dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This track employs a funky progression, is R&B oriented R&B, and has a fairly non surf melody line. Not very interesting.

Los Straitjackets - Tsunami dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Strange is right. Launching from a variation on the Twilight Zone intro notes, this track visually screams "weird." It is somewhat like a cross between the Rumblers' "Boss" and the Rod Serling classic television show. It's not complicated at all, but is quite attractive, in a curiosity way. It also has a lasting effect, and stands up to repeated listenings. Quite unusual.

Los Straitjackets - Nightmare In Monte Cristo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Screaming engines, squealing tires, and thundering tom toms launch this high energy pounder. The melody is minimal, but the chord progression is unusual. Infectious and spirited.

Los Straitjackets - Kawanga! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A re-recording of their Tour de Surf. In their impeccable way, Los Straitjackets use numerous bits of surf history - the "Wipe Out" drum break, touches of "Fun Fun Fun" and more under their usual twang. When others have done this, particularly the "Wipe Out" bit, it's been lees than effective, even annoying. but here, it's humorous and intriguing. Maybe it's the energy and grins they employ that makes the difference. Hillbilly surf, speedy with maximum drum action and a quirky little melody line. Great track.

Los Straitjackets - Rockula dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Grode "Cave Man" sorta thing with Eddie Angel's ultra garage edge. Whammy intensified fifties rock killer weirdness, with space age Theremin-like sounds, and some blood curdling screams and evil laughs.

Los Straitjackets - Close To Champaign dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow paced somewhat like "University Avenue" is feel, but less fluffy and more fluid. Tasty but restrained.

Los Straitjackets - Hornet's Nest dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Holy cowabunga! Spiffed up with flying double picked guitar and pumped drums. Very fun and right surfy. Much more a quirky riff than a melody, but really effective and satisfying. Powerful and fast.

Los Straitjackets - My Heart Will Go On [love theme from Titanic] dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This shimmering track brings grins to the live audiences. It's very pretty with its vibratory throb. Someone had to do the Titanic theme... might as well be Los Straitjackets. Very pretty, and quite a distance from their usual pumped deliveries. The big reverby tom toms are very cool.

Los Straitjackets - Tempest dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tempest" is a fifties riff rock instro... lots of grind, not much melody. Fun, but I forgot it quickly enough.

Los Straitjackets - Tijuana Boots dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A bit of old Mexico, a pair of cowboy boots, some hollow twang, and maybe a dab of quirk. Dig the mariachi horns! Daddy-O Grande's tastes are showing through!

Los Straitjackets - Sing, Sing, Sing dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Louis Prima's legendary "Sing, Sing, Sing" spiked, and twanged. Whammy and yur basic rock 'n' roll beat. Not quite as cool as the Flat Duo Jets' version, but cool no doubt.

Los Straitjackets - Tabouli dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a "Suzie Q" beat and tropical flavor, this fine original is gently double picked, creating a sense of refined outback adventure. very exotic and oh-so fun.

Los Straitjackets - Sterno dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ben Vaughn's "Sterno" buzzed into Los Straitjackets' camp... pure rockin' fun. Rich tone and authentic rock 'n' roll.

Los Straitjackets - State Fair dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yup, this is just too fun. The dry surf chop rhythm and the warm melody line come together in a perfectly crafted Danny Amis lead number. Way cool imagery and spunk.

Los Straitjackets - All That Glitters dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"We will rock you..." oh, 'scuse me, I mean "All That Glitters" is a throbbing grode number with more beat and vibrato than power. It's a solid track with a bit more recording polish than is complimentary this band's material. The almost orchestral anthem quality is fun, but not really my cup of tea. Quite undynamic.

Los Straitjackets - Outta Gear dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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

Los Straitjackets - State Fair dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yup, this is just too fun. The dry surf chop rhythm and the warm melody line come together in a perfectly crafted Danny Amis lead number. Way cool imagery and spunk.

Los Straitjackets - The Casbah dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Danny's fine Spanish yadda yadda welcomes the band to the Foothill and introduces "Casbah." This previously unheard-on-CD track shimmies with that Eddie Angel charm and a squirmy harem riff that's sure to please. Extra cool.

Los Straitjackets - Calhoun Surf dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Danny Amis' first ever composition (from his days with his first band the Overtones ) rocks mightily. His fluid melody and happy charm bounce with a grinning gate and excellent surf credentials. Infectious rhythm and great drums.

Los Straitjackets - Itchy Chicken dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of the best chicken bop tunes ever takes you right out in the barnyard, where the chickens peck the ground, looking for a few grains to scarf down, and sway to the chunky pickin' of Eddie Angel's great lead work. The guitar plays the part of the chicken voice so well, and the flying double picked parts are fever pitched. Grindy, fast, super fun.

Los Straitjackets - 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.

Los Straitjackets - Kawanga dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Los Straitjackets tour de surf uses numerous riffs from surf history - the "Wipe Out" drum break, touches of "Fun Fun Fun" and more under their usual twang. With extreme energy, they slam through the surf references and with ultra twang and big grins. Hillbilly surf, speedy with maximum drum action and a quirky little melody line. Great track.

Los Straitjackets - I'm Branded dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a meter so precise it's almost scary, Los Straitjackets womp the bomp and shimmer the vibrato of this timely Link Wray classic. Eddie's twang tone is perfect for this tune.

Los Straitjackets - My Heart Will Go On (love theme from Titanic) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This shimmering track brings grins to the live audiences. It's very pretty with its vibratory throb. Someone had to do the Titanic theme... might as well be Los Straitjackets. Very pretty, and quite a distance from their usual pumped deliveries. The big reverby tom toms are very cool.

Los Straitjackets - Squad Car dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Eddie and the Showmen's "Squad Car" is magnificently driven from the streets of Nashville, bringing harsh twang power to this mighty classic, while retaining its surf credentials. Amazingly powerful and crisp.

Los Straitjackets - Rockula dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Grode "Cave Man" sorta thing with Eddie Angel's ultra garage edge. Whammy intensified fifties B-movie rock thriller weirdness with crunch and twang. The intense whammy and the screams are frightening. Very fine track.

Los Straitjackets - Tempest dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tempest" is a fifties riff rock instro... lots of grind, not much melody. Fun, and in a live format, effectively crunchy and entertaining.

Los Straitjackets - Lynxtail dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Twanging vibratoed chords, a Link Wray sort of structure, and too much magnetism. Fine suave evil, and shimmering tone. Grand leather jacket promenade pomp and whammy swirl.

Los Straitjackets - Tailspin dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From the double picked intro slam, the track sucks you right in, as do most of their monsters. 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.

Los Straitjackets - Pacifica dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a stunningly beautiful coastal song, with shear imagery and almost Polynesian twang. The track gives immediate warmth of the sun and a sense of a slight breeze on the face. Stunningly fluid track.

Los Straitjackets - Driving Guitars dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures' "Driving Guitars" is a good vehicle for the Los Straitjackets sound and fury. They bring new life to this twang fest with spirit and fun.

Los Straitjackets - Sing Sing Sing dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Luis Prima's "Sing Sing Sing" is another obvious choice for the lads to cover. Their grins and sway compliment this big band classic. The drums are so much a part of the feel of this. They don't play the classic huge tom tom rage that Prima used, yet rock mightily. Totally infectious.

Los Straitjackets - Sleep Walk dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Santo and Johnny's pretty and silky song. Eddie makes it work, and the crowd was very pleased. A fine performance.

Los Straitjackets - Rawhide dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray's "Rawhide" is the crowd pleasing closer to the show. Monster twang and crunch for 2:40... and then, after a twenty being egged on from the crowd, they do another verse. It's all a lad can take. Eddie's guitar is manic!

Los Straitjackets - Shake That Rat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Nick Lowe is in the drivers seat with lead bass on "Shake That Rat." It's an interesting primal exercise in basic rock and roll. Gritty, unpretentious, and spunky.

Los Straitjackets - A Huevo dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"A Huevo" is a primal twang bruiser in the big riff mold with fuzz rhythm offsetting the twang lead, with echoed cries of "A Huevo." This tune originally comes from Danny Amis' favorite Mexican band Lost Acapulco 4. Quite a fun track.

Los Straitjackets - 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.

Los Straitjackets - 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.

Los Straitjackets - Here Comes Santa Claus dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Incorporating the basic intro and break to "Car Hop," Los Straitjackets play one fiery and pumped version of "Here Comes Santa Claus." The double picked verse is very cool! It's grand and mighty chunky!

Los Straitjackets - 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.

Los Straitjackets - Feliz Navidad dotdotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

"La Bamba" provides the underpinning for this spicy and grode cover of "Feliz Navidad." More fun than a barrel of monkeys on Christmas eve.

Los Straitjackets - Jingle Bell Rock dotdotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

Big drum thunder and bass thump kick start "Jingle Bell Rock" with a grumble that offsets the grode rhythm and straight lead. Fine cover.

Los Straitjackets - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer dotdotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

Latin percussion and rhythm gives this arrangement of "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" a whole new attitude. Like a green and red pinata full of good cheer, this track brings a grin and a promise of good things to come.

Los Straitjackets - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen dotdotdotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

"Pipeline" underpins this very cool surf reinvention of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." Very catchy and fun, it has bounce and extremely cool sound. Excellent!

Los Straitjackets - Frosty The Snowman dotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

Tribal drums rumble into a bouncy western swing reinvention of "Frosty The Snowman." It's hard not to grin at this one, boys and girls!

Los Straitjackets - Christmas In Las Vegas dotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

Ah, the Italian pop sensibilities... what a screwball idea. Rich guitar melody over frothy sidewalk cafe backing. Imagine playing a romantic lead over a silly Istanbul-ish back track... it's kinda like that. Dig the groove!

Los Straitjackets - Let It Snow dotdotdotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

"It's A Wonderful Halibut " lent the backtrack to this seasonal fave. Smooth and warm, "Let It Snow" is very suave and grins widely. The damped pluck verse is like Lawrence Welk on a 12 foot face. Great stuff!

Los Straitjackets - Sleigh Ride dotdotdotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

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.

Los Straitjackets - Christmas Weekend dotdotdotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray provides long leaning notes to the inspiration for the backtrack as this Los Straitjackets original twangs with Eddie Angel / Danny Amis charm. Extra crunchy and edgy. Big twang too!

Los Straitjackets - Little Drummer Boy dotdotdotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

Tribal drums under primal twang gives "Little Drummer Boy" a whole new meaning. As the bass grumbles in and the chords stretch out with distorted ringing sustain, it takes on a dark and menacing sound. Great!

Los Straitjackets - The Christmas Song dotdotdot
Christmas Surf (Instrumental)

Soft and slushy, slow and misty, "The Christmas Song" is just plain smooth. You momma can dig this one!

Los Straitjackets - Squid dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Thick fuzzed frat thrash is at the heart of "Squid." I think this is more Eddie Angel than Los Straitjackets. Tons of energy, almost frantic, and delivered with silent grins.

Los Straitjackets - Dipinto Twist dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Hinting slightly of "Hippy Hippy Shake," this song is a rhythm and rock twangster with edge and thump. Dinosaur rock.

Los Straitjackets - Time Bomb dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Time Bomb" is a slow lumbering fuzz monster looking for a victim. Thick with fuzz and feedback, this deliberately paced song is monstrous! Additional musicianship from Anja Dixon-Stax - vocal, and Dom Fleming - noise particles.

Los Straitjackets - Can You Dig It dotdotdotdot
Rock (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! Archie Thompson - sax, and Mitch Manker - trumpet add their craft to "Can You Dig It."

Los Straitjackets - San Diego Shutdown dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Billy Zoom's sax amps up the tribal drums and great twang of "San Diego Shutdown." Los Straitjackets are masters of the simple, a talent that is demonstrated here. Simple melody lines, repetition overcome, and grins everywhere. The drum production and arrangement is not unlike "Topsy" or a Sandy Nelson classic. Too cool!

Los Straitjackets - Isn't Love Grand dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

With the feel of the Beatles, "Isn't Love Grand" is melodic and bouncy, with a warm sound and grinning spunk. Catchy and friendly, this song is more than satisfying. Great tone and drums!

Los Straitjackets - Giggle Water dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Billy Zoom adds a flute duet to the lead guitar, creating a playful sound. The stinging guitar parts offset the grinning main lines. Great drums and bass thump complete the picture. Way cool!

Los Straitjackets - Midnight In Salerno dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Surf chords and delicate plucking, echoed guitar lines that cry out for a European summer holiday, and a warm and friendly sound... "Midnight In Salerno" is a fine track that's hard to take out of the CD player. Mighty fine!

Los Straitjackets - Beach Bag dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Rockin' funky pumpin' organ melody and guitar crunch. "Beach Bag" is a blend of deliberate and fluid sounds. Playful, yet controlled.

Los Straitjackets - Jungleaya dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

With drums in the tradition of the big bands, and guitar nodding to the Saxons, "Jungleaya" romps with a sensual playfulness, which is extended by Billy Zoom's sax and DJ Bonebreak's ultra cool vibes. Very fun track!

Los Straitjackets - Galaxy Drive dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Sort of a chicken bop song, with thumpy bass and vibrato charm. Stinging whammy adds a power dimension. "Wipe Out" drums thunder the break, while the rest of the track sparkles with energy and panache. Billy Zoom appears on sax.

Los Straitjackets - Tarantula dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The motors race by, Jon Spencer's laughs and Theremin wails scare us, and Don Fleming's noise particles clinch the fear factor. The song is a space-horror epic of whammy and danger like the Ventures might have done with just a little more spunk. Great track!

Los Straitjackets - Dreamland dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Slow dance chords and rhythm section run beautifully beneath a very pretty melody. Romance is in the air as "Dreamland" flows across your speakers. Very cool way to end the CD.

Los Straitjackets - 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.

Los Straitjackets - 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.

Los Straitjackets - 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.

Los Straitjackets - 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!

Los Straitjackets - 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.

Los Straitjackets - 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.

Los Straitjackets - 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.

Los Straitjackets - 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.

Los Straitjackets - 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.

Los Straitjackets - Hypno-Twist dotdot
Twist (Instrumental)

Tribal go-go twistorama with horns and a pumpin' beat. This has all of the lack of direction and melody that as so prevalent among instros of the fifties and early sixties. It's pretty fun and quite danceable, but really not up to Los Straitjackets' level of cool.

Los Straitjackets - Footstomp! dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

Honkin' sax and swipin' guitar and chants of "foot stomp." "Footstomp!" is an authentic fifties R&B stomper, complete with sweaty sound and groove.

Los Straitjackets - On Tap dotdotdot
Twist (Instrumental)

Guitar twangin' primitive rock with horns pours outta the speakers here. Very much like Hollywood film rock, and quite catchy.

Los Straitjackets - The Mad Scientwist dotdotdotdot
Monster Horn Surf (Instrumental)

"The Mad Scientwist" is a very fun track, with whammy twang, surfable licks, tweaky electronic sounds, and richly fun guitar line. This purely fun track has lots to offer in that gimmicky single from the past kinda way.

Los Straitjackets - Prelude To A Twist dotdotdot
Twist (Instrumental)

This is a fast spankin' chumper with large stereo key accents (which are overbearing on headphones). The high spirits carry the track. Not very melodic, but spiced with great drums and spunky fun.

Los Straitjackets - All Back To Drac's dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a splendidly goofy surf instro with chicken plucking rhythm and Dracula wisdom inserted. This is a very fun track with an infectious sound. Haunted and sparkling with dockside danger.

Los Straitjackets - Whittier Blvd. dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fine updated rockin' rendering of Thee Midnighters' "Whittier Blvd.." It lacks the exuberant shouts and teenage angst of the legendary Chattahoochie single, but surely conveys the edge and spirit. Just plain cool.