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El Rayo-X

David Lindley, David Lindley & El Rayo-XAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asylum
  • ASIN: B000002GX8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,066 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The multi-instrumentalist of Kaleidoscope and Linda Ronstadt fame put together a great solo record of his own with this 1981 release!

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BE WARNED.....YOU CAN'T PUT THIS ONE DOWN August 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
El Rayo X is an album no discriminating rock lover shoud be without. This one is a classic in every sense of the word. David Lindley is simply one of the best musicians of our time. He never picked up a stringed instrument he didn't like. With his stringy hair and strange rayon/polyester attire he wore, the last thing this eccentric cat looked like was a world class musician. But if you remember Jackson Browne and his songs like "Redneck Friend" and "Running on Empty", all that explosive lap-steel guitar work belonged to Lindley. He also played on such notable albums as Warren Zevon's debut and Linda Ronstadt's Heart Like A Wheel. On this, he brought in longtime cohort Jackson Browne to produce it. Lindley shows us all sides of the rock spectrum on here with styles from Reggae/Ska to Tex-mex to pop and rock. I love albums like this that presents all styles of music.It's never boring. The music here is all upbeat rockers that are tailor-made for your next dance party. But be warned, the guests may want to take this home with em. This cd demands repeated listens. You won't be able to put it down. Some of the great classic tunes you'll be wanting to hear over and over are "She Took Off My Romeos", "Mercury Blues", and a delicious version of "Twist And Shout", that goes from a reggae beat to a La Bamba dance tune. This is some very contagious stuff! I also recommend his next cd "Win This Record", which serves as a good bookend to this, and is almost as good. But go get this one first, I guarantee you'll love it! Tell em Homebrew sent ya.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Session player's fantastic solo coming out June 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Lindley's probably been heard by many more listeners as a session player behind Dylan, Ronstadt, Zevon, and his guiding hand work on Jackson Browne's best-known recordings of the '70s. But his own work, early-on with Kaleidoscope, and later with El Rayo-X, is easily as interesting and original. This debut of the latter group, released in 1981, showed Lindley to be as capable a leader as he is a sideman.

For his solo coming out, Lindley not only put together a terrific band, but displayed a tremendous ear for material that fit his tinny voice and a talent for molding refreshed well-known chestnuts. The application of a reggae beat to the Everly Brothers' "Bye Bye Love" and a zydeco second-line rhythm to the Isley Brothers' "Twist and Shout" may not be obvious, but they sure work. His buzzing, revved up guitar-and-drum-heavy take of "Mercury Blues" was good enough to become the defining version for many FM radio listeners of the '80s. The album's originals are as good as its covers, with zydeco, reggae, rock and soul all mixed together with great skill and joy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best record you've never heard. September 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Reviewing little-known albums like this is basically preaching to the converted, but I'm gonna take the chance and hope that somebody who sees David's name on a Jackson Browne album will look to see if he has albums of his own, and will read this review.
There is not a bad song on this album. It has long been my belief that if you're going to record cover versions of other people's songs, do them differently, and David does. A Jamaican-beat version of "Twist and Shout?" It works. A play off of "Rockin' Pneumonia?" It works, too. It ALL works. "She Took Off My Romeos" is one of the nicest opening album cuts I've ever heard. Buy this. Play it for your friends. Everybody likes this album. Wait and see.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's "Mr. Dave" to you March 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Quite simply the finest party record ever produced. You can not listen to this recording and simultaneously have a bad time. Science has proven this impossible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly talented ensemble play a smorgasbord April 17, 2004
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
Probably the best reggae. Hey, if you really want to appreciate this splendid musician and if you're lucky, make an effort to procure a bootleg of a live show (fantastic!). His experience with other pros shines through on this CD, big time. This is can't miss fun.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good music January 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've bought this CD twice. The first copy got so worn out I had to buy it again. Great twangy reggae beat remakes of Bye Bye Love, Mercury Blues, Twist and Shout. This music goes best outside on a sunny summer day around the pool with a bunch of friends and cooler full of beer. Check out the DL/X-rays' other stuff too. If you like'll like'm all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Before You Leave This World, You Gotta Pay the Man August 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
After years of being a hired hand to Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, etc., David Lindley breaks free, forms his own band and reveals to us that his true heart and soul is reggae. And the results are excellent--not life changing by any means--this is basically a bar band fronted by an amazing guitarist who re-works other peoples songs into a great reggaeish style.

In the late 80's, this record was recommended to me by a friend who noticing my extensive Clash and Bob Marley cds said I would love this. And boy was he right!! She Took Off My Romeos should have been all over the radio. Mercury Blues is just smokin', but my favorites are Quarter of A Man, Pay the Man, and Bye Bye Love which sounds like it was originally written with a reggae/ska beat in mind. David Lindley's guitar playing makes these tracks jump to life. Perfect music to drink beer to on a hot afternoon.

The followup "Win This Record" is also good as is the third one "Very Greasy"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun indeed.
It is not surprising that a multi instrumentalist as he is, that this álbum is as eclectic as it is. What unifies the sound is this feel good upbeat ass kicking music. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Diego F. Palomino
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 16 months ago by David Vanmeter
4.0 out of 5 stars El Rayo X
Finally got hold of this after 20 years. Still stands up well today. Great playing by lindley and friends (reads like a who's who of west Coast performers). Read more
Published on August 27, 2012 by osgoodisgood66
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Solid rhythms, good tempos. great guitar, quirky songs and humour - this album is a gem from a master musician. Listen and dance.
Published on October 25, 2011 by penname
5.0 out of 5 stars El Rayo Ex
David Lyndley, one of the greatest slide guitars on the planet, knocked it out of the park with this record. 30 years later I still listen to it with great joy. Thank you Mr. Read more
Published on August 21, 2011 by bluen0te
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MUSIC
some 20 years ago I had the opportunity to see David Lindley in concert and his music is so infectious that I had to buy the CD of the songs that he performed at the concert. Read more
Published on June 22, 2010 by Ronald H. Greenberg
4.0 out of 5 stars An Unsung Legend
One of the great tragedies of the music industry is that you can win American Idol and become world famous and wealthy,or you can simply be one of the greatest guitar (string)... Read more
Published on February 4, 2009 by James M. Kruk
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, up tempo music!
This CD is just plain fun to listen to. The music is up tempo and features a reggae type beat. However, it is not repetitive as are song CDs in that genre. Read more
Published on March 27, 2008 by Oscar Fieldman
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun music
Lindley's version of "Mercury Blues" ROCKS! It left me wanting more. The musicianship is excellent. The songs choices are fun. What's not to like? I highly recommend this album!
Published on March 11, 2008 by John Molitor
5.0 out of 5 stars A genre onto itself
Here I sit in 2008 writing a review of record created during the early 80s, nearly 30 years ago. This one still sounds fresh and timeless, also startlingly unique. Read more
Published on March 6, 2008 by P. Opus
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