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Viva Los Straitjackets
Los Straitjackets
Viva Los Straitjackets
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Los Straitjackets
Title: Viva Los Straitjackets
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Upstart / Umgd
Release Date: 6/4/1996
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, Singer-Songwriters, Oldies & Retro, Rock Guitarists
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 601143003127

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The history of rockin' instrumentals crammed into 38 minutes
Alan Hutchins | Denver, CO United States | 02/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Everyone's favorite masked instrumentalists seem to have hit their peak (so far) with this 1996 release, their second. The fourteen song selection hits upon nearly every style in the encylopedia of rockin' instrumentals: you've got surf (Pacifica, Wrong Planet), a spy "movie" theme (Espionage), a western "movie" theme (Lonely Apache), tributes to the Ventures and Shadows (cleverly titled Venturing Out and Lurking in the Shadows), southern fried R & B influenced excursions (Swampfire, Brains and Eggs), Middle-Eastern and Oriental detours (Casbah, Tsunami), some exotic sounding minor key darkness (Nightmare in Monte Cristo) and some just plain no-brainer,three-chord bashing (Cavalcade, Outta Gear, Lawnmower). All are written by the various band members with producer Ben Vaughn getting one co-writing credit. The performances are great, the sound contemporary while nodding to tradition, and the atmosphere is contagiously upbeat.This round-the-world-with-no-vocals trip is quite satisfying and keeps you riveted with the variety and depth of the material. Their debut disc approaches this one in terms of variety and quality, and their live set from 2001 is a barnburning summary of their first three discs with lots of choice covers thrown in, but anyone seeking to start a Los Straitjackets library is encouraged to begin here with their most complete, well-rounded set to date. Viva indeed!"
Surf Music 201, Required Listening
Alan Hutchins | 11/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When you think of 'surf music,' do you think of just one tone or set of chord changes? @pui. If you think it can't be fast, slow, frenetic, laid back, perky, maudlin, western, eastern, spacey, or just plain fun to listen to, then you NEED to buy this CD and round out your education. This disk is the ultimate Surf Sampler, and EVERY song on it has a different texture, clean sound, and construction more solid than the school you went to."
More Wacky Neuvo Surf.
Tom | Palatine, IL USA | 03/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's time to make an important statement: Surf is art.That said, Los Straitjackets is a group of artists.The cuts on Viva Los Straitjackets range from the laid back calm of early Surfari's work, to the raging sci-fi frenzy of "Man or Astro Man?," on cuts like "Hornet's Nest."Another important fact: Surf is fun.Please make note of the insanely funny cover of Celine Dion's horrifying "My Heart Will Go On." Los Straitjackets not only makes this wretched, filthy song tollerable, they proceed to mock it, using the same twisted synthesyzer sounds used by the Ventures on their equally regrettable "Telstar."All hail the new carriers of the Surf torch."