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Hey Little Cobra
Rip Chords
Hey Little Cobra
Genres: Pop, Rock
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Worldwide CD debut for one of this surf vocal outfit's two albums, originally released on Columbia in 1964 & now with three rare bonus tracks: 'Karen', 'Bunny Hill' and 'Don't Be Scared'. 15 tracks total. 1996 Sundazed ...  more »


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All Artists: Rip Chords
Title: Hey Little Cobra
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
Release Date: 8/20/1996
Genres: Pop, Rock
Styles: Oldies & Retro, Rock Guitarists
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 090771609823


Album Description
Worldwide CD debut for one of this surf vocal outfit's two albums, originally released on Columbia in 1964 & now with three rare bonus tracks: 'Karen', 'Bunny Hill' and 'Don't Be Scared'. 15 tracks total. 1996 Sundazed release.

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Daniel Frost | United States | 02/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Next to Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds concept,this album is one of the best, high quality sounds ever recorded by a vocal group.Don't try to challenge me on this one.Just listen to the hot rod music and relax on the beach with your fold-out lawn chair.Three Window Coupe was better,but only because all four members including Melcher,Johnston,Bringas and Stewart were working together at once. There is much debate about who appeared on what album, at which time and when.That's where producers become very important and we all know Mulcher was tampering with some of the voices and cross-overdubbing by putting voices ontop of one another.I see nothing wrong with doing that.It sounds cool, but it's hard to tell who's which on what.You get my point bro? Terry Melcher and Bruce Johnston deserve a little bit of credit for the success of Hey Little Cobra, because they stepped in at a time when Bringas(one of the original members) was off becoming an educated man. Left with only Phil Stewart to pick on, I think they felt more in control of their work, and took their talent to a whole new level. It is very apparent when you listen to the #4 song in the nation, Hey Little Cobra,which of course says it all. Phil Stewart claims to be in it,but Bruce & Terry try to deny he ever had part in it. I give this second best album in the world (behind Pet Sounds) five plus stars and stripes. A must for any vintage rock and roll music collection. One last note before I go, none of my opinions are correct, but everything else is true. E-mail Dan with your thoughts."
Authentic Americana
Robert Z. Rush | Chicago, PA, USA (current member of The Rip Chords | 08/16/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Despite rumors to the contrary, The Rip Chords were not a "front" for Terry Melcher and Bruce Johnston, although their input was significant and they were/are brilliant producers. The Rip Chords (and especially "Hey Little Cobra") are examples of mid-century Americana, and millions agree that it is still great music. To over-intellectualize it would be doing it a great injustice. It was not recorded to make a statement, but to reflect the times, invoke fun and sell records, all of which it brilliantly accomplished. While The Rip Chords indeed owe much of their sound to the studio geniuses of the 60's L.A. scene, so do The Association, Grass Roots, Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Mamas & Papas, Gary Lewis and countless other acts coming out of the L.A. scene at that time. That's just the way it was - and when you listen to all of this great music, aren't you glad?! Relax and enjoy the music!"
Forgotten classics
Kevin Buchanan | Fort Worth, TX, USA | 11/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Whenever people remember great surf & hot rod music of the '60s, these days they almost always remember the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, and... nobody else. While these two groups indeed wrote the mega smash hits and were superb talent (in my book, the best band of all time isn't the Beatles, it's the Beach Boys), lots of great music goes largely unremember by all but the diehard fans. The Rip Chords are, in my opinion, the greatest of these forgotten bands. "Hey Little Cobra," their first album, despite the many Beach Boys and Jan & Dean covers, is a true classic. "Hey Little Cobra," "Here I Stand," "Trophy Machine," and the rest are pure good times. The Rip Chords have a great, unique sound; they were one of those rare collections of talent that doesn't come along every day. It's a shame they don't get the recognition they deserve. When I'm driving in one of my custom cars, I always have a Rip Chords CD nearby. My hot rod may only be a VW Karmann Ghia, but in my mind I'm sitting at the starting line, eyeing the Sting Ray Corvettes and Jaguar XKEs as the flag man unfurls the green..."