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Rock En Español, Vol. 1

Los StraitjacketsAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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listen  3. Whittier BoulevardLos Straitjackets 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. El Microscopico BikiniLos Straitjackets 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Dame Una SenaLos Straitjackets 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. La Hiedra VenenosaLos Straitjackets 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. CalorLos Straitjackets 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Hey LupeLos Straitjackets 3:19$1.39  Buy MP3 
listen10. Lagrimas SolitariasLos Straitjackets 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. PopotitosLos Straitjackets 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Magia BlancaLos Straitjackets 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Loco Te Patina El CocoLos Straitjackets 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
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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 (April 3, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc
  • ASIN: B000N3SSJO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,660 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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No habla Ingles? No problem! Los Straitjackets have teamed-up with Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, rockabilly belter Big Sandy and east L.A. legend Little Willie G. to deliver Rock En Espanol Vol. 1, an all Espanol album of vintage Rock n' Roll. Rock En Espanol is inspired by the great border rock of Freddy Fender, as well as Mexico City's great sixties garage and rockabilly madmen (Los Teen Tops, Los Rockin' Devils, Los Apson and many more) who took American hits and wrote new Spanish words. The album also makes a nod toward east L.A. with the inclusion of Thee Midnighter's classic instrumental 'Whittier Boulevard' and the presence of Midnighter's lead vocalist Little Willie G, on three cuts. With production by Rosas throughout, the Straitjackets hard-edged twin guitar onslaught drives propulsive rockers like 'De Dia y de Noche' (The Kinks' 'All Day and All of the Night') as well as tender ballads like 'Tu Te Vas' (Barbara Lynn's 'You'll Lose a Good Thing'). With Rock En Espanol Vol. 1 Los Straitjackets take their considerable chops to the heart of the Spanglish universe, bridging the cultural gap across decades and the Rio Grande. Digipak.

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Between their name, stage introductions spoken in a uniquely twisted form of Spanglish, bizarre lucha libre attire, and ongoing association with Latino rockabilly revivalist Big Sandy, Spanish has always been a major facet of Los Straitjackets' shtick. So it's little surprise that the Nashville-based garage/surf/twang/trash rockers decided to head south of the border for an all-covers album. You don't need to hablar español to shimmy, shimmy, shake along with the quartet. Guest vocals from Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos (who also produced the disc), Little Willie G. of East L.A.'s vintage Thee Midniters, and Big Sandy bring a soulful strut to these punchy stompers. True to form, liberties are taken with the song titles: "Hang on Sloopy" is now "Hey Lupe," "Bony Maronie" comes out as "Popotitos," and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" inexplicably appears as "El Microscopico Bikini." But that's all part of the fun as the masked men and singers swing through hot-tamale versions of signature hits from the Kinks, the Troggs, the Coasters, and others. Although the Fab Four aren't here as songwriters, their spirit energizes rocking renderings of "Dizzy Miss Lizzy," "Slow Down," and "Anna," all early Beatles staples. The Straitjackets haven't entirely abandoned the instrumentals from their own early years, as the scorching "Whittier Blvd." attests. Slow dancers will swoon to ballads such as "Dejenme Llorar" and Barbara Lynn's sublime "You'll Lose a Good Thing." Liner notes tell us that Spanish covers of many of these tunes managed to become moderate hits in the '60s and '70s, but it's safe to say these fresh versions will spice up any carnival. Let the fiesta begin! --Hal Horowitz

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4.0 out of 5 stars Early rock and soul hits with an East Side style April 24, 2007
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With the Beatles creating an inflection point for rock 'n' roll, a torrent of UK and US music dominated the global charts in the early '60s. But their self-contained form also seeded do-it-yourself scenes all over the world. Even within the U.S., garage bands and regional radio gave rise to local heroes and hits that grew organically into national entities. As these hits gained international acclaim, many were rewritten and re-recorded, riding out the local-to-national curve again and again in other countries.

On this all-covers release, the Nashville-based instrumentalists Los Straitjackets, already beholden to Mexico for the full-face wrestling masks that hide their identities, explore UK and US hits of the late '50s and early '60s as they were interpreted south of the border. Together with guest vocalists Big Sandy and Little Willie G (of the '60s Los Angeles East Side legends Thee Midniters), and vocalist/producer Cesar Rosas (of Los Lobos), they re-imagine rock and soul standards en español with an East Side groove.

Although the vocalists dominate this album, they don't always match the fervor of the original hits. The Spanish translations stand out to ears trained by the English originals, but songs of explosive rebelliousness and first-blush teenage abandon, such as The Kinks' "All Day and All of the Night" and Larry Williams' "Bony Maronie," are rendered here more tamely and with heavier bass and beat. Others, like Thee Midniters signature instrumental "Whittier Boulevard," find a deep, soulful groove, and a loose rendition of The Coasters' "Poison Ivy" brings to mind the party atmosphere of The Premiers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mucho Fun! May 25, 2007
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Great song selections, rock solid playing and vocals from some terrific performers... what more could you ask for? I have no idea why one person gave this release a single star. This is a fun album. Los Straitjackets & Big Sandy also put on a heck of a live show by themselves, but when they tour together... watch out! You won't stop dancing for about a month. This disc is highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS DIFFERENT August 5, 2007
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THIS CD, AS WELL AS THE OTHER RELATIVELY NEW LOS STRAIGHTJACKET CD "TWIST PARTY", ARE THEIR MOST DIFFERENT OUTPUTS OF MUSIC SINCE THEIR COLLABORATION WITH EDDIE "THE CHIEF" CLEARWATER ON THE CD "ROCK AND ROLL CITY". WHILE IT IS DIFFERENT AND NOT WHAT YOU WOULD USUALLY EXPECT FROM A L.S. CD, IT IS GREAT. A COMPILATION OF 1960'S POP SONGS SUNG IN SPANISH WITH EXCELLENT BACKUP, IT IS DONE RIGHT AND THE MORE YOU HEAR IT, THE MORE YOU WILL ENJOY IT. I LIKE ANY CD BY LOS STRAIGHTJACKETS, AND THEY ARE EVEN BETTER TO SEE LIVE THAN TO HEAR ON A DISC.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What A Cool Detour... July 28, 2007
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...for Los Straitjackets. These guys known for their flawless and energetic surfing instrumental music decide to dig up some old relics from Mexico and do a historically significant CD. This CD is excellent...raw...basic...soulful...Spanish is an awesome language for rockabilly...this is the Buena Vista Social Club of Mexican rockabilly.

Make sure to listen to the very cool interviews on NPR on the World Cafe and Fresh Air on the making of this album.
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