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Album Review

Following up their excellent debut and a season of intense touring, David Lindley and his crack band (now named El Rayo-X) recorded their second Elektra album. It turns out that they actually bettered the near perfection of the first. Opening with an excellent version of Etta James classic "Something's Got a Hold on Me," this track proves how tight the band had became. Lindley's slide guitar work is impressive as always. As an added bonus, the band's vocal harmonies are extremely tight and a welcome addition. A version of the Cajun classic "Brother John" held great significance at the time shortly after John Lennon's death — and again contains some of Lindley's best slide work to date. A rambling, fun record, Win This Record is one of the finest rock records of the '80s.

Customer Reviews

Fun album from the 80s

Played this one all the time when I was in college ... offbeat but really listenable!

Music Appreciator

In 1980 or so my sister's boyfriend had extra tickets (2nd row) to see Joe Walsh at the L.A. Forum. I jumped at the chance and didn't pay much attention to his comments about the opening act. Apparently, David Lindley was already a legend amongst many of the artists I most appreciated (see the itunes review). Well...I'll simply say this: That concert changed me as a musician and as a person. Roots music, Irish, fiddle, Hawaiian, delta blues, cajun, and exceptionally well placed playing in the pocket. It's all there. I would rate this and the first album right up there in my desert island top 5. I only wish David Lindley, Ry Cooder, and Lowell George could have recorded together. Pay special attention to "Premature." Have you heard better drums, better harmonies, more relaxed precision, more vibe? Check out Jorge Calderon's response to David's call, "Let the girl go home" ("Let her go), "Let her go on home" ("She........") "She's not fit for the pitcha." OK I'll stop. :) I love it.


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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