Various Artists, 199?
great collection from Strip records, the same people who brought you the
"Las Vegas Grind" collections. This disc is filled with 32 very-unPC, early
rock and roll numbers. Since this is rock in its most exotic form, you
get a mix of "chop-suey" rock, congo/jungle-via-surf guitar tracks, "camel
walk" numbers, and a few voodoo dances thrown in for good measure. The
names of the songs are just as good as the songs themselves: "Don't Wanna
Leave the Congo," "Watusi Zombie," "Hi Yo Camel," "Surfin' Matador," "Come
With Me to the Casbah," and "Kookie Limbo" just to name a few. These musical
gems were gathered from the original records and placed on CD, so you get
that old time feel with the record hisses and pops. What you have here
is a collection of bands you've never heard of before and will never hear
of again. They were boys with guitars making noise from garages and basements
from around the country. As insensative as these tunes would be considered
today, it's good that some one went to the trouble of rediscovering them.
For all the songs that make you cringe, there are just as many that make
you happy you discovered this collection of musical gems.
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