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Mas Rock and Roll [coll] – [Electro Harmonix]

Thurston Hunger   5/3/2006   10-inch, A Library

Just plain fun on a stick, deep-fuzz-fried and sweet. Yep
behold a musical churro. Mighty tasty, throughout. Never
taking itself too seriously, often the music sets up some
dramatic charged reverb monologue, as if it were plucked out
of a B-movie. Psycho-active garage rock, some weird ass
herbs and tape mod make things often better than the original
Yanqui roots. There are some covers here, but as with the
Cambodian and Thai comps, the best results come completely
indigenous. Still you may enjoy “A Magic Carpet Ride” dipped
in mescal (D-4), or “Baby Please Don’t Go” (C-2) with its
great twisted playout. Evidently the 5 Torquays were later
to become the Monks, but they’re not even the tops here with
their sort of Everly effort. The first four tracks on lado
uno are loaded with lardo. Greasy rumble rock, delicioso!
Check the raspy vocals of Peru’s “Los Saicos” or Mexico’s
“Los Yaki”, ruling! Surfers De Los Campeones win a ragged
drag race claiming the “Checkered Flag” with a flat-tire of
an amp. “Los Sinners” dance El Baile Final!! Annette and
Frankie ear your corazons out. Los Holys serve up swank spy
organ and shadow guitar. The last disc (os?) mutates towards
psych, but there’s great garage, pop with those old wheezy
keyboards, even Beatles inflections on the other three discs.
Really this just has the rock and roll spirit in abundance.
-El Hombre del Hambre

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