Happy 25th anniversary to our favorite gang of masked surf rockers, Los Straitjackets! In celebration of their quarter-century-long recording career, we’re reissuing their first two albums, The Utterly Fantastic and Totally Unbelievable Sound of Los Straitjackets & ¡Viva! Los Straitjackets, on CD and LP. The LPs for these titles have been out-of-print since their original release, marking this the first time these albums have been reissued on LP!
Released in 1995, The Utterly Fantastic and Totally Unbelievable Sound of Los Straitjackets was recorded at Alex the Great Studios in Nashville. Produced by Ben Vaughn (Alex Chilton, Nancy Sinatra, Ween) and engineered by Bard Jones (Dolly Parton, Josh Rouse, Chuck Prophet), the album features some of Los Straitjackets’ biggest hits, including “Itchy Chicken” and “Fury!”
Featuring live show staples “Pacifica” and “The Casbah,” ¡Viva Los Straitjackets! was released in 1996, and hailed by All Music as “no better guitar-based instrumental rock album.” Produced by Ben Vaughn, the album was engineered by three-time GRAMMY winner Mark Linnett (The Beach Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Los Lobos).
First donning their easily recognizable attire of lucha libre masks 25 years ago, the line-up for the Nashville-bred band during these albums consisted of Eddie Angel, Danny Amis, Jimmy Lester and Scott Esbeck.Since forming, the group has released 17 studio albums, two live albums, and toured the world with El Vez, Dave Alvin, The Reverend Horton Heat, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Big Sandy, and Nick Lowe.
The Utterly Fantastic and Totally Unbelievable Sound of Los Straitjackets and ¡Viva Los Straitjackets! are now available for pre-orders through the Yep Roc store. Bundle both titles together and save 20% on your purchase! A portion of the proceeds will benefit Danny Amis’ Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.