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Album Review

Nashville-based instrumental rock combo Los Straitjackets have been proving for years that rock & roll is a truly universal language by doing away with vocals, but for this album the masked guitar manglers have decided to focus on a more specific tongue — namely Spanish. For Rock en Español, Vol. 1, Los Straitjackets have recruited three talented friends to perform a set of rock & roll classics in Spanish — Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, Big Sandy of retro-country kings Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, and Little Willie G., lead singer with legendary East L.A. soul-rockers Thee Midnighters. While most folks will be familiar with these tunes in their English-language originals, many of the versions that appear on this album were taken from Spanish rewrites recorded by in the '60s by Mexican teen groups such as Los Teen Tops, Los Locos del Ritmo and Los Rebeldes del Rock. Sometimes things change a little bit in translation, as "Hang On Sloopy" gets turned into a lover's plea to a gal named Lupe, "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" is transformed into "El Microscopico Bikini" (speaking of another universal language), and "Wild Thing" becomes "Loco Te Patina el Coso." While this all might sound like a goof to some folks, Los Straitjackets play these tunes with their usual mixture of chops, fire and effortless swing (and guitarists Eddie Angel and Danny Amis are in great form on these sessions), while their special guests really deliver the goods. The tough but supple voice Cesar Rosas has been putting to such great use with Los Lobos over the years gets another worthy platform here (he also produced the album), while Big Sandy (who cut a great album of classic Low Rider R&B in 1998 called Dedicated to You) gets to show off the passionate range of his voice on "De Dia y de Nocha" (aka the Kinks' "All Day and All of the Night") and "Dame Una Seña" (aka Brenton Woods' "Gimmie Little Sign"), and Little Willie G. steals the show with a heart-tugging version of Arthur Alexander's "Ana." And Los Straitjackets do throw in one token instrumental, a cookin' cover of Thee Midnighters' "Whittier Boulevard." Rock en Español, Vol. 1 is a fine tribute to some of the less commonly explored aspects of rock & roll's Latin roots, and it's great stuff for either listening or dancing.

Customer Reviews

Great Versions of old Classics

I'm a huge fan of the band, and mixing in the vocals of Big Sandy make this a real delight! The tracks follow some of the great songs of the 60's and 70's. It is a real pleasure to add this to my Los Straightjackets collections. Kudos to the band and YEPROC records!

You need this BAD!

Los Straitjackets are fantastic instrumentalists with a genuine passion for this type of music. They play with all the energy, enthusiasm, abandon and skill that this style requires, and maybe a little more. No mere album of covers, the humor and honesty present in these recordings make it a delight. Download this and enjoy it.

Isnt it grand!?

Great sound and vocals!!! love big sandy in this project!


Formed: 1988 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Mixing the familiar sounds of Dick Dale, Duane Eddy, and the Ventures, Los Straitjackets create their own version of energetic surf guitar twang, complete with Mexican wrestling masks. Los Straitjackets began in the summer of 1988. Eddie Angel (guitar), L.J. "Jimmy" Lester (drums), and Danny Amis (guitar) formed an instrumental trio called the Straitjackets, which played local Nashville shows throughout the summer. After a six-year hiatus, the Straitjackets reunited, added E. Scott Esbeck on bass,...
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