Best Riffs Only

Best Riffs Only

by The Krayolas
     
 

Sixteen tracks recorded between 1977 and 1988 are compiled on this CD collection of this San Antonio band, taken from (according to the brief liner notes) "long unavailable, out-of-print indie vinyl singles and rarities," though exact sources and dates for individual tracks aren't given. While Hector and David SaldanaSee more details below

Overview

Sixteen tracks recorded between 1977 and 1988 are compiled on this CD collection of this San Antonio band, taken from (according to the brief liner notes) "long unavailable, out-of-print indie vinyl singles and rarities," though exact sources and dates for individual tracks aren't given. While Hector and David Saldana were always in the band during this period, the personnel changed quite a bit, and more than half-a-dozen different lineups are represented on this anthology. Partly for that reason, and partly due to its decade-plus chronological span, there's such a variety of styles on display that at times it seems like several different bands are represented on the disc. Generally speaking, however, it's well-done, high-spirited retro-rock encompassing several styles, including Merseybeat (particularly on their debut single "All I Do Is Try"/"Sometime"), instrumental surf ("Alamo Dragway"), power pop, roadhouse blue-eyed soul ("Roadrunner"), Tex-Mex-influenced new wave ("The Sphinx Won't Tell" sounds like a mixture of Elvis Costello and border music), and even '70s Van Morrison-styled horn rock ("Times Together"). Ultimately, British Invasion and power pop seemed to be their favored calling cards, though the two tracks with John Harris on vocals (the aforementioned "Roadrunner" and "Times Together") indicate that they might have gone through an R&B phase, so different do they sound than their surroundings.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/2008
Label:
Box Records
UPC:
0823043423328
catalogNumber:
233

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Krayolas   Primary Artist
Charles McBurney   Muted Trumpet,Track Performer,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Ezra Charles   Piano,Track Performer,Guest Appearance
John Mark Harris   Percussion,Tambourine,Vocals,Track Performer,Vocal Harmony
Louie Bustos   Saxophone,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Ricky Hernandez   Keyboards,Track Performer,Guest Appearance
Hector Saldana   Harmonica,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
David Saldana   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals,Track Performer,Vocal Harmony
Barry Smith   Organ,Bass,Piano,Vocals,Track Performer,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Ron Morales   Restoration Sound Engineer
Charles Strouse   Composer
Krayolas   Composer
Hector Saldana   Executive Producer
David Saldana   Executive Producer

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