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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Detroit's contribution to rock & roll has long since been its own distinct thread, holding the closest relationship to blues and soul roots more than just about anywhere else. The Howling Diablos fall full square in this lineage, both on their own and as a backing band, and on Car Wash they keep on keeping on in that vein going so far as to collaborate on three songs with original Mitch Ryder drummer Johnny Badanjek. Sticking for the most part to quick, snarling strutters -- no grotesque Blueshammer nonsense here, thankfully; instead there's sly humor and focus -- Car Wash rides the line between older styles and more modern recording. John Smerek's engineering captures ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Detroit's contribution to rock & roll has long since been its own distinct thread, holding the closest relationship to blues and soul roots more than just about anywhere else. The Howling Diablos fall full square in this lineage, both on their own and as a backing band, and on Car Wash they keep on keeping on in that vein going so far as to collaborate on three songs with original Mitch Ryder drummer Johnny Badanjek. Sticking for the most part to quick, snarling strutters -- no grotesque Blueshammer nonsense here, thankfully; instead there's sly humor and focus -- Car Wash rides the line between older styles and more modern recording. John Smerek's engineering captures the dirt and snarl in the arrangements perfectly -- at points Mike Smith's guitar sounds like a buzzing, angry fly keep an ear out during some of the breaks on "Prison Train", while Shannon Boone's drums are big without being overbearing, a solid series of punches. At points the band sounds like what a combination precursor and follower of AC/DC would be like -- check out the clipped, focused riff and rhythm action on "Broke Down," but also how it isn't punched up fully in the mix, not completely overbearing. Then there's one of the Badanjek collaborations, "Stop Runnin' Your Mouth," which is a sprawling, ugly-in-the-best-way rampager, with Johnny Evans' harp cutting through the mayhem just enough. Singer Tino Gross' work producing R.L. Burnside gets a nod here via a cover of the bluesman's "Gone So Long." Some numbers are steady-as-she-goes blues-rock that's there rather than being really noticeable while the lyrics are rarely more than serviceable, but on balance there's fine stuff here that even non-aficionados should give an ear to if they're so inclined.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2005
  • Label: Alive Records
  • UPC: 095081006027
  • Catalog Number: 60
  • Sales rank: 166,557

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Carwash (4:40)
  2. 2 Gone So Long (3:10)
  3. 3 Broke Down (3:10)
  4. 4 Prison Train (4:05)
  5. 5 Dope Man (3:37)
  6. 6 Mean Little Town (3:20)
  7. 7 Easy Street (3:30)
  8. 8 Stop Runnin' Your Mouth (2:13)
  9. 9 A Woman (Like Mine) (3:02)
  10. 10 Elvis Lives (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Howling Diablos Primary Artist
Johnny Badanjek Drums
Johnny Evans Harp, Saxophone, Group Member
Jimmie Bones Keyboards
Mike Smith Guitar, Group Member
Shannon Boone Drums, Group Member
Tino Gross Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Dave Schultz Mastering
John Smerek Engineer
The Howling Diablos Producer
Bette Chapelle Evans Artwork
Tino Gross Producer
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  • Posted October 15, 2010

    I'm back in Detroit when I hear these guys

    I'd never heard the Howling Diablos. Knew nothing about them...except they HAD to be from Detroit (my old hometown). The percussion, the amps turned to "11." Brought back memories of the MC-5 at the Grande Ballroom way back way back. I looked them up on YouTube. I'm ready to pack my bag and head back to Detroit after a 50 year hiatus. Top-rate drumming, guitar playing, Mo Hollis on bass and Johnny Evans on sax and harp. If you love Detroit Blues/rock/funk played with non-stop energy (thanks to vocalist/writer/producer Tino Gross), this is the CD for you. And there are more CDs available at their web site on My Space. Google them for their sites. Their "Green Bottle" CD is worth it just for "Criminal Mind." And I believe they have a live CD out now, I'll have to check. All in all, you can't go wrong with the Diablos. From a fan in Massachusetts....

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