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When it comes to delivering high-energy rock and roll instrumental music, no one equals the finesse, power and perseverance of Grammy-nominated Los Straitjackets. On August 7, Yep Roc Records is pleased to announce the release of Jet Set, a collection of 14 carefully crafted guitar-driven songs that prove to be the most diverse and inventive of Los Straitjackets’ oeuvre.

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  • Audio CD (August 7, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B008DCHR3U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,247 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jet Set is a collection of 14 carefully crafted guitar-driven songs that prove to be the most diverse and inventive of Los Straitjackets' oeuvre. The album was recorded at The Pow Wow Fun Room studios in Los Angeles with producer and friend Janne Haavisto (of Laika And The Cosmonauts) and includes a few guest appearances by The Basic Cable Horns (from the Conan show) and Finnish actress and musician Irina Bjorklund. Jet Set delivers the high-energy rock and roll instrumental music fans have come to expect from Los Straitjackets.

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Every song on this cd is very good.
Bill Vogt
Los Straitjackets are probably the best of the surf revival bands.
Barry S. Graubart
The songs are tight and the production value is excellent.
Clovis

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Barry S. Graubart on August 7, 2012
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Los Straitjackets are probably the best of the surf revival bands. While much of surf rock has been about speed and technique, Los Straitjackets have always been about the melody and the music, not the musicians.

Jet Set brings the return of guitarist Daddy-O Grande (aka Danny Amis), recovered from recent health issues, now joined with Eddie Angel, making for a pretty fierce guitar pair.

On first listen, I think Jet Set will be up there with Utterly Fantastic and Further Adventures as among their best albums. In a way, this is less surf-y than some of their earlier works. It's more like an instrumental version that have the feel of the female vocals of the early 60s (Petula Clark, Melanie, Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield).

Crime Scene has a film-noir feel to it, while the cleverly titled Pop Rocks and Coke has the jumpy feel you'd expect from a song with that name. The best compliment I can give to an instrumental album is when I can almost hear vocals where there are none. The songs on Jet Set transport you to another time and place and tell you a story.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A B on August 7, 2012
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They don't come much hipper than Los Straitjackets- these guys are the absolute kings of surf and 60's influenced instrumental music. "Jet Set" is a superb new collection- consistently creative and groovy tracks that are just a plain joy to listen to.

Favorites include Sardinian Holiday, Yeah yeah Yeah, Low Tide, New Siberia, and Aerostar but they are all worthy of inclusion- a highly melodic and toe tappin good time for all.

Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Catherine A. Forrest on September 18, 2012
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Completely satisfied with Los Straitjackets "Jet Set" on vinyl, bonus from the producer...free music down loads.
Got may fix a new Los Straitjackets tunes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marc Harris on September 6, 2012
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These guys are great to begin with, and this newest release is just stellar. They seal their spot as America's Top Instrumental Band. "Wrong Way Inn" may be my new favorite song for a while, but every song is amazing. What's more amazing, but not surprising to LSJ fans already, is the different images and emotions each song can evoke; without a single lyric.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wayne t scott on December 10, 2012
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I first heard of Los Straitjackets on NPR.....they need a better press agent! I love surf music and they are the "unrestrained" Kings. All instrumentals, twangy, reverbed guitars. Just good, good-time music. I'm now a fan! You should be too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Biscuit Face on August 15, 2012
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As a long time Los Straitjackets fan, I cannot really compare this directly to each of their past releases in detail. But as a generalization, I would say Jet Set is very consistent in its quality and is one of the more enjoyable albums from start to end. While it doesn't have some of the edge of my favorite songs from the past such as Pile Driver, Squid, or Tempest, it does have some harder songs with very nice licks in them that really got me going. The slower songs are also very good and very smooth, and I found myself enjoying those a bit more than I generally do. So in all, it has maybe fewer extremely high points but is also more successful as a total package than some older records of theirs.

So if you're a fan, I say get the whole album. Only song I'd possibly skip is Space Mosquito (I'm not sure what's up with that track, just kind of a disjointed aural assault); personal favorites are Crime Scene, New Siberia, Brooklyn Side, Wrong Way Inn, Mr. Pink,and Pop Rocks and Coke.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Stegeman on August 21, 2012
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This was my first taste of the Straitjackets. Great CD, awesome retro surf music. Can't go wrong with this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glen L. Gertz on February 6, 2013
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To me this is remenicent of the 60's & 70's guitar bands like the Ventures, Dick Dale but not the surf vibe
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