Forgotten series: Los Immediatos – Second Chance (2008)

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An obviously titled second album by the Toledo, Spain garage/psych band Los Immediatos, Second Chance was a pleasant album of nine originals and two covers. Vocals were not their strongest asset, but they make up for it with some good pop melodies here and there.

“Something’s Wrong With You” startsthe LP in somewhat typical upbeat garage/punk fashion — not bad. Good guitar leads in there. A couple of Spanish language tunes add to the album’s mix, one of which is a lively cover of Juan & Junior’s “Bajo El Sol.” The other song, a band original called “No Veulva” rocks with a good harmonica and guitar break thrown in.

One of the better tunes, “Everybody Knows,” comes on power pop-like; think Big Star or Shoes. Some fine Ace-Tone Organ flavors can be found on the psychedelic “Garden Paradise,” which sounds like the Three O’Clock playing the claviolin used on the Beatles’ “Baby You’re a Rich Man.”

A faithful cover of the Gants’ “I Wonder” is pretty good, with some fine guitar work. An Every Mother’s Son-seasoned “Sad About Me, Sad About Us’ reveals their strong pop inflections, with a nice if stiff trumpet break. The love-lost themed “A Crying Shame” replicates the U.S. garage sound circa ’66, sounding something like the Bad Seeds. Available from Misty Lane: www.mistylane.it.

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Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott has written for Shindig, Twist and Shake, Garage & Beat and Ugly Things. A big fan of all things rock and roll - especially the British Invasion, garage rock, psychedelic, new wave, folk rock, surf and power pop - he was a consultant on Sundazed Music's reissue of 'The Best of Butch Engle & The Styx: No Matter What You Say' in 2000, and has also provided liner notes for Italy's Misty Lane Records. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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