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'Tis the Season for Los Straitjackets

Los StraitjacketsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 8, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B00006JM99
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,492 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The hippest disc for the holidays! Trim the tree, stuff the stocking, and kick your shoes off for some Christmas rocking with the mighty Los Straitjackets! If you like your Egg Nog cut with a little Tequila, this is the record for you. America's instrumentalists make a joyful noise while deconstructing Christmas classics like 'Here Comes Santa Claus' and 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen'. CD also includes the ultra-rare and classic Christmas 45 'Sleigh Ride' b/w 'Marshmallow World'.

The world would be a far colder place at Christmas without the electric guitar and Los Straitjackets' Tis the Season for is all the proof you need. Packed with 11 guitar-driven traditional songs and two originals, this memorable disc is a must-have for anyone who loves the sound of unaffected, basic guitar rock reminiscent of the Ventures and your favorite garage rock band. Adventurous, ambitious, and totally satisfying, the band takes on "Jingle Bell Rock" (making its guitars ring like a Byrds-fest) and a host of other chestnuts from "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" to the "La Bamba"-framed workout of "Feliz Navidad." Even the band's own "Christmas in Las Vegas" has those classic jingle-jangle guitar hooks that make this record a perennial holiday hit. --Martin Keller

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential Christmas CD if ever there was one! November 30, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Whether or not you're a fan of Los Straitjackets -- and if you aren't, get with it! -- this is a fantastic Christmas album!! The energy is relentless, the musicianship precise, and the sense of pure wild pleasure is infectious, shining through on practically every number. The band must have had a blast recording this.
The CD is only about 30-odd minutes of music (my only complaint), but pop it in and see if you don't get some serious Christmas cheer in a hurry! Although every song is a gem, I do have to observe that "Here Comes Santa Claus", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", and "Frosty the Snowman" (with some seriously killer guitar work!) are fantastic and unique interpretations of these classic tunes. If you want some high-octane Christmas spirit, scroll back up and buy this CD right now!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOS MERRY STRAITJACKET CHRISTMAS! November 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'm not usually in the habit of picking up Chritmas music cd's. Much less reviewing them. But afterall this is Los Straitjackets, and I collect everything that have those masked men on the cover. As it turned out, this is the best and most entertaining Christmas cd that I've heard since Evan Johns and his H-Bombs "Please Mr. Santa Claus" cd that came out over 10 years ago. If you can ever find that one, get it. It's like this one, a good year around listen. A few words about the songs here. These guys do a great play on these Christmas themed songs by playing them to a surf beat. For instance: "Feliz Navidad" is played La Bamba style. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" is played to the song Pipeline. "Frosty The Snowman" has a big drumbeat like Caravan with an absolutely vicious guitar solo by Eddie Angel. "Christmas In Las Vegas" is played to Elvis Presley's Devil In Disguise. "Sleigh Ride is played like the Venture's Walk Don't Run. "Christmas Weekend" has the Link Wray Ace Of Spades guitar riff. And "Little Drummer Boy" has the Dick Dale guitar style, which could fit just about any of his songs really. Anyway you get the idea. It's a surfing Christmas album with some very clever arrangements like only the Straitjackets can do it. Get it, play it, and watch the kids go crazy. You may never stop dancing around the Christmas tree. Highly recommended!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah! January 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The masked men can do no wrong! This cd is a blast from start to finish. Somehow, LS have the ability to play strictly instrumentals and keep it entertaining and interesting from start to finish. Put this on the stereo when everyone's tired of boys' choir christmas music and it will be a hit.
My personal favs - Here Comes Santa Claus, Let it Snow, Jingle Bell Rock, and Frosty the Snowman. But there isn't a single weak track.
The interesting take on the whole album is how they linked these songs to classic surf songs, with exact riffs mixed in with the Christmas melodies.
Great stuff!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Christmas Surf! December 8, 2004
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I don't know if it's my Southern California upbringing, but I find surf instrumentals to be some of the most spiritual music known to mankind. Add Christmas tunes to the mix, and you have a Holiday treat almost as sweet as Eartha Kitt singing Santa Baby!

What works about Los Straitjackets' Christmas CD is the way they play their vintage surf guitars in a way that keeps the true essence of the Christmas songs we love. They are playful and creative, but never go overboard with trying to totally overhaul the tunes.

The finest creative touch shines on track #6. The beginnings of the surf classic "Pipeline" start the song, then Los Straitjackets go full throttle into a beautiful rendition of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," then briefly blend the instrumental portion of Del Shannon's "Runaway" midway into the tune.

Track #6 is worth the investment alone, but this entire CD is excellent modernized Holiday music. Take a chance on this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars God Rest Ye Los Straitjackets December 20, 2003
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This is a fine seasonal effort from America's rockin' instrumental combo. A natural comparison would be to The Ventures' Christmas Album. In fact, the version of "Sleigh Ride" here is almost a note for note copy of the Ventures version. But while the Ventures album grafted intros from then recent hits onto most of their Christmas songs, Los Straitjackets only do that on a few of the songs here. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", for example, uses the intro to the surf classic "Pipeline" and later uses it's organ solo. Anyway, this is a really fun Christmas album. If you are familiar with Los Straitjackets and enjoy them, I think you will dig this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!!! December 19, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is now my favorite Christmas cd of all time. I must have played it over a hundred times already. If you get a chance to the see the Los Straitjackets Christmas Pageant live with the World Famous Pontani Sisters drop everything and go now!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD December 17, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This is a great take on Christmas favorites. It's totally instrumental, so play it at your next Christmas party! You'll jam to intros similar to old favorite songs, mixed with Christmas tunes. A must have for your Christmas cd collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Xmas CD January 25, 2011
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This is one of my 2 all time favorite Christmas CDs. I used to work Record Retail and have a huge Xmas CD Collection. It's happy and silly for the season. It always puts a huge smile on my face as I recall the classic surf tunes and tones. I keep it in my car to help me stay cool in the holiday traffic. The other all time favorite CD is Vince Guraldi--Charlie Brown Christmas. It has a mellower vibe.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday music
Surprisingly enjoyable haha
Published 4 months ago by impasko
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Suf Rock
This is a nice collection to my Christmas music. Good instrumentals and does not get boring. You can tell they are having fun making the music.
Published 9 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Surf style guitar for the holidays!
Just very very cool for the Yule! Classic sound for a digital world gone mad.Take to white powder hills and surf the mountains.
Published 10 months ago by Wayne-o
5.0 out of 5 stars Spend the Holidays with Los Straitjackets
I tend to listen to holiday music that is non-traditional so this CD was a great addition to my collection. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tahoerabbit
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Mamas Instrumentals
Each song on the entire CD is funky and "Christmasie" -- just when you get into a song it will change up a little and you find a theme song for a game show slipped in . . . Read more
Published 21 months ago by Tracy Howley
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rockabilly Lover's Christmas Wish
Those of us who loves Rockabilly love Los Straitjackets. This is a definite "Must Have" for next holiday season. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Bleudenim
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrapped up
What's not to like about Los Straitjackets? The selections are toe-tapping yuletide fun! Grag a holiday cocktail and start swinging!
Published 22 months ago by Anne Marie Neves
5.0 out of 5 stars This is great!
I enjoyed the upbeat take on standard Christmas carols. Someone said this group is like "the Beach Boys on steroids!" It certainly livens things up.
Published 22 months ago by Zuki
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
This fun, rock 'n roll version of Christmas songs is fantabulous! All that steel guitar makes me think of Christmas in Hawaii.
Published 22 months ago by mar1g0ld1e
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Holiday Album!! Great Band!!!
I only recently discovered Los Straitjackets when they performed live bumper music on NPR's All Things Considered. Read more
Published 22 months ago by G&L Rocks
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