Laika Sex Machine

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Finland's favorite retro-rockers rev up with a generous 26-song, 75-minute set of music recorded live, predominantly in 1998 and on their home turf. Except for some brief introductions in both English and the band's native tongue, this is a non-stop roller coaster ride through instrumental rock & roll. The quartet plays with fire and fury whether covering genre classics like "Telstar" or obscurities such as Roy Budd's theme to "Get Carter." Not surprisingly, a Ventures tune gets worked in, but the group digs deep into the California band's catalog to unearth "Fugitive." The foursome charges through a unique combination of Bernard Herrmann's themes from Psycho and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Finland's favorite retro-rockers rev up with a generous 26-song, 75-minute set of music recorded live, predominantly in 1998 and on their home turf. Except for some brief introductions in both English and the band's native tongue, this is a non-stop roller coaster ride through instrumental rock & roll. The quartet plays with fire and fury whether covering genre classics like "Telstar" or obscurities such as Roy Budd's theme to "Get Carter." Not surprisingly, a Ventures tune gets worked in, but the group digs deep into the California band's catalog to unearth "Fugitive." The foursome charges through a unique combination of Bernard Herrmann's themes from Psycho and Vertigo in a composite renamed "Psyko." "Mission Impossible" also gets the Laika treatment as they speed and trash it up in a breathless version that doesn't break the two-minute mark. While not as recognizable, the group churns out originals with as much flair touching on hard rock with a slight Spanish matador approach on "Look! No Head!" and the "Walk Don't Run"-styled "Floating" which stands as a contemporary surf classic. Many of these tracks appear in less frantic fashion on the band's studio albums, but the live approach electrifies these versions. Certainly you'll never hear "Ode to Billy Joe" the same way after experiencing Laika's take on the song which they rename "Sauna-Soul" for no apparent reason. With its extended playing time, there is plenty of room for experimentation on a low-down run-through of Henry Mancini's "Experiment in Terror," a showcase for Matti Pitsinki's distorted organ sounds. The rhythm section is spry but stays out of the way of the lead guitar and keyboards that drive this music. Crowd noise is minimal to non-existent, smartly keeping the focus on the tight musicianship and superbly well-recorded tunes. Better and more lively than the group's slightly less compelling studio albums, this is a rousing live performance from one of contemporary music's most talented and creative instrumental combos.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2001
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457202429
  • Catalog Number: 2024
  • Sales rank: 135,933

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Hypno-Wheel (4:23)
  2. 2 Disconnected (4:11)
  3. 3 Syncophant (2:19)
  4. 4 Tantrum (2:06)
  5. 5 Floating (2:36)
  6. 6 Turquoise (2:52)
  7. 7 Boris the Conductor (2:10)
  8. 8 Look! No Head! (3:03)
  9. 9 Experiment in Terror (3:30)
  10. 10 The Avengers (1:57)
  11. 11 Circumstantial Evidence (4:22)
  12. 12 Hi & Lo (3:16)
  13. 13 Café Equator (1:52)
  14. 14 Lands End (2:24)
  15. 15 Psyko (1:54)
  16. 16 Mission Impossible (2:00)
  17. 17 Get Carter (4:02)
  18. 18 Global Village (2:13)
  19. 19 Enchanted Rock (3:06)
  20. 20 C'mon Do the Laika! (1:28)
  21. 21 Fugitive (2:12)
  22. 22 Ba-Ha-Re-Bah! (4:11)
  23. 23 Fadeaway (3:06)
  24. 24 Sauna-Soul (4:04)
  25. 25 Telstar (2:46)
  26. 26 Vendetta (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Laika & the Cosmonauts Primary Artist
Janne Haavisto Drums, Band
Mikko Lankinen Guitar, Band
Tom Nyman Bass, Band
Matti Pitsinki Organ, Guitar, Band
Irina Bjorklund Dancer
Technical Credits
Lalo Schifrin Composer
Ray Thomas Composer
Joe Meek Composer
Janne Haavisto Arranger, Composer
Mikko Lankinen Arranger, Composer
Tom Nyman Arranger, Composer
Matti Pitsinki Arranger, Composer
Alvar Gullichsen Artwork
The Absolut Live Team Engineer
Miikka Paatelainen Engineer
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