|Kid Ramos, formerly of the James Harman Band, The Mannish Boys and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, now combines his talent with Jesus Cuevas (accordion/vocals), James Barrios (bass) and drummer Mike Molina.
"Educated Fool" by Huey "Piano" Smith gives the record a strong start. The material on the record consists mostly of cover-songs. I for one would have liked to hear more of their original material, because track number two "If You Know" - composed by Jesus Cuevas - is one of the best tunes on the record. And bass player James Barrios leaves his mark in form of "You Keep Drinkin'", which is track number 9. Perhaps on their next record originals get some more room?
The thoroughly happy accordion of Mr. Cuevas plays a central role, and the slightly Spanish accent of this Mexican Elvis suits their style well. The language is changed into Spanish for three of the songs; on those the atmosphere gets a bit too schmaltzy. The rougher side is represented on Cuevas`s own "Day After Day", and straight-ahead rock`n roll on Sidney Semien`s "You Ain`t Nothing But Fine".
"Burnin` the Chicken" is a fast instrumental, which goes dangerously close to futile finger-acrobatics. Easy-going songs like "Crazy Baby" and Johnny Burnette's "Lonesome Tears In My Eyes", which is reinforced with double bass and percussion, fit very naturally in the hands of Los Fabulocos.
Los Fabulocos works very nicely in the northern December - bringing to the darkness a considerable amount of light and joy.
REVIEW BY L. RAUDAS
TRANSLATED FROM FINNISH BY TOMI CHRISTIANSSON
Los Fabulocos featuring Kid Ramos: Los Fabulocos. Delta Groove Productions, 2008
Jesus Cuevas (vocals, accordion), Kid Ramos (guitar, baritone guitar, banjo, vocals), James Barrios (bass, backing vocals), Mike Molina (drums), Richard Innes (drums), Lorenzo Martinez (drums)
Johnny Bazz (double bass), Ron Felton (percussion), Eddie Baytos (percusiion)
Produced by Randy Chortkoff and David Z
Links: Los Fabulocos, Delta Groove
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|Los Fabulocos Bring
Light and Joy
12 December 2008
Blues, rock & roll, traditional Spanish and Mexican music, zydeco and even rock-a-billy are all ingredients in the boiling-hot gumbo cooked by this foursome. Quality guaranteed by Kid Ramos and company.
The liner-notes on the Los Fabulocos album suggests the listener to grab a beer, take some snacks and enjoy. Not a bad idea at all, since the atmosphere sure gets hot in their recording debut. This group is most likely works brilliantly in a dimmed down club - and a tall, cool one works nicely with the record, too.