HAVANA @ 3AM
Guy De Federicis | east of here | 11/04/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Post Clash project featuring bassist Paul Simonon is a flurry of Latin inspired alt-rock with regards to fast cars, motorcycles, socialist agenda, Ernest Hemingway (Death in the Afternoon), and American rockabilly, (Blue Gene Vincent). Given the relative success of this project, I always expected a follow-up album, (apparently, according to one Amazon reviewer, there is one other obscure album.). The music is exciting, with marimba slamming percussion, traditional and exotic rock guitar riffs, and bullfight inspired Cuban radio sound bites that take you away to a Spanish bullfight on a lazy afternoon. The songs have a tendacy to blend into one another in an album sameness, but the sharp and clear production always remains riveting and unexpected, wailing away in a crescendo of political angst and poetic desire."
D. Nave | Berlin, Germany | 05/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The one and only Havana 3AM release worth owning and my god is it worth owning. As brilliant as Gary Myrick's work with the Figures was, combining his guitar work with the unique spaghetti western style of Simonon is truly inspired. Joyride starts the show up as one of the best here. Death in the Afternoon is probably my close second, but there are not any weak songs here. If you find any post-Simonon releases in the used bins, be sure to listen to them first. Buy this and enjoy!!"
Havana 3AM - a taste of things to come...
Mr. H. Piperides | Rockabillyland | 03/04/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I seem to be in the minorty here. I think this album is good (how could a line-up featuring ex-Clash and ex-Whirlwind members not be good?) - but... the following Havana 3AM is stacks better in my opinion. Even though Dixon (RIP) is not on there, and Simonon is not featured (and as much as I love The Clash), Gary Myrick takes the sound much more in the direction of Rockabilly/Americana and develops something very special with his own brand of Texas Twang. The album is called 'Texas Glitter & Tombstone Tales'. If you like the first Havana 3AM album, then search this one out. If you didn't get along with the debut, then you might be in for a very pleasant surpise with the second."