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Album Review

By the time David Lindley made his move to a solo career, he was already a legend. Having toured and recorded with such names as Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, and Crosby & Nash, his reputation as a multi-instrumentalist (on almost any stringed instrument) was awesome. Lindley scored a contract with Elektra Records and put together an excellent band that was able to keep up with his eclectic vision. Combining blues, rock & roll, Cajun, Zydeco, Middle Eastern music, and other elements, his debut album is an absolute joy. Lindley's version of "Mercury Blues" became an FM radio staple, and his slide guitar performances on this track alone are easily some of the finest of the decade. There are some wonderfully skewed originals on the record as well, making El Rayo-X one of the greatest rock music albums of its time. Fabulous.

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Mercury Blues!!!

I haven't listened to this whole album yet. Surprised no one has written a review, so I did. Mercury Blues rocks magnificently! Heard it first on a Miami Vice episode but didn't know who did it until years later. She Took Off My Romeos and Pay the Man are two other good songs.

Mercury Blues

A friend of mine would bring this cool music around which wasn't played on the local "too hip" stations. And whenever I was in LA, I remember listening to songs like Mercury Blues in the early 80's on KROQ - It still rocks!

Unsung Music Hero

I'm not sure how I ended up buying this album when it came out, but I can tell you that it's in my "If Stuck On A Desert Island" list of favorites. Another fine example that if you do more than one style of music you'll never be a star in America. Lindley does all types of styles - and does them better than many of the stars of those genres.


Born: 1944 in United States

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

David Lindley is the consummate musician's musician. A much-respected session player, Lindley has added his melodic string playing to albums by a lengthy list of artists, including Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Rory Block, Ry Cooder, Warren Zevon, Terry Reid, David Blue, James Taylor, David Crosby, and Graham Nash. From 1971 until 1981, Lindley played a guiding role on Jackson Browne's recordings and concert performances. Lindley's eclectic approach provided the foundation for his own bands,...
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El Rayo-X, David Lindley
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Rock & Roll, Blues-Rock, Tex-Mex
  • Released: Jan 01, 1981

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