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Viva Los Straitjackets

Los StraitjacketsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 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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  • Audio CD (June 4, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Upstart / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000003NPN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Everyone's favorite masked instrumentalists seem to have hit their peak (so far) with this 1996 release, their second. The fourteen song selection hits upon nearly every style in the encylopedia of rockin' instrumentals: you've got surf (Pacifica, Wrong Planet), a spy "movie" theme (Espionage), a western "movie" theme (Lonely Apache), tributes to the Ventures and Shadows (cleverly titled Venturing Out and Lurking in the Shadows), southern fried R & B influenced excursions (Swampfire, Brains and Eggs), Middle-Eastern and Oriental detours (Casbah, Tsunami), some exotic sounding minor key darkness (Nightmare in Monte Cristo) and some just plain no-brainer,three-chord bashing (Cavalcade, Outta Gear, Lawnmower). All are written by the various band members with producer Ben Vaughn getting one co-writing credit. The performances are great, the sound contemporary while nodding to tradition, and the atmosphere is contagiously upbeat.
This round-the-world-with-no-vocals trip is quite satisfying and keeps you riveted with the variety and depth of the material. Their debut disc approaches this one in terms of variety and quality, and their live set from 2001 is a barnburning summary of their first three discs with lots of choice covers thrown in, but anyone seeking to start a Los Straitjackets library is encouraged to begin here with their most complete, well-rounded set to date. Viva indeed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wrassle Up a Instru Masterpiece! January 13, 2000
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Pardon my french, but this CD spanks the baby's rump. From water-drenched reverb classics like "Pacifica" to sick rockabilly numbers like "Outta Gear," the Straits are the only soundtrack to tex-mex eatin', shootin' the curl, sloggin' thru a swamp, or body-slammin' folks.
Also, if you haven't seen them on Conan [one of his faves] or in the sweaty-masked flesh, do not miss their hi-lariously rockin' live shows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surf Music 201, Required Listening November 1, 2000
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When you think of 'surf music,' do you think of just one tone or set of chord changes? @pui. If you think it can't be fast, slow, frenetic, laid back, perky, maudlin, western, eastern, spacey, or just plain fun to listen to, then you NEED to buy this CD and round out your education. This disk is the ultimate Surf Sampler, and EVERY song on it has a different texture, clean sound, and construction more solid than the school you went to.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too cool for words March 16, 2006
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This was the second album by "America's instrumental rock & roll combo". They play rock instrumentals in a style that's reminiscent of the late '50s and early '60s. All the songs here are group originals. Many of the tunes on this album are done in emulation of a particular style of instrumental. You can often tell what style in being emulated by the song titles. Like "Pacifica" (surf music), "Espionage" (spy movie music), "Lurking in the Shadows" (The Shadows) and "Venturing Out" (The Ventures). This is a really fun album that fans of instrumental rock should enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jackpot May 13, 2005
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There really isn't anything new for me to add to all these reviews, but I'd like to add one more positive rating. If you're familiar with Los Straitjackets, and their first album in particular, you'll find Viva! to be a more than worthy companion to that album. A very good selection of rock instrumentals, not one of them skippable. Like The Ventures, Los Straitjackets are on the books as a surf rock band, but they play around with so many different styles, that to simply call them a surf band isn't entirely accurate. If you happen to be new to this group, understand that along with some catchy surf tunes, you'll get songs that'll make you feel as though you're in your own spy flick or western. Making Viva! your first Straitjackets album is anything but a gamble.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Viva! September 7, 1999
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A great live band! They are from Nashville but they only speak to the audience in Spanish. Add the wrestling masks and funny dances and you have a killer live band. Their musicianship backs it up too, as this cd proves. Eddie Angel rocks! Produced by Ben Vaughn who gave you the tv theme song to Third Rock From the Sun.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best CD on EARTH August 25, 1999
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For me to fully describe how awesome this band is I'd have to break Amazon's review rules of 1000 words or less!!! So I'll describe them in two: UTTERLY AMAZING. This is THEIR album (there are two more... this one's just THE BEST). IF you like ANY type of instrumentals, this is the CD to buy. The ultimate.
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