Sunday, October 12, 2008


Lindley's probably been heard by many more listeners as a session player behind Dylan, Ronstadt, Zevon, and his guiding hand work on Jackson Browne's best-known recordings of the '70s. But his own work, early-on with Kaleidoscope, and later with El Rayo-X, is easily as interesting and original. This debut of the latter group, released in 1981, showed Lindley to be as capable a leader as he is a sideman.

For his solo coming out, Lindley not only put together a terrific band, but displayed a tremendous ear for material that fit his tinny voice and a talent for molding refreshed well-known chestnuts. The application of a reggae beat to the Everly Brothers' "Bye Bye Love" and a zydeco second-line rhythm to the Isley Brothers' "Twist and Shout" may not be obvious, but they sure work. His buzzing, revved up guitar-and-drum-heavy take of "Mercury Blues" was good enough to become the defining version for many FM radio listeners of the '80s. The album's originals are as good as its covers, with zydeco, reggae, rock and soul all mixed together with great skill and joy.
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Tracks :

She Took Off My Romeos
Bye Bye Love
Mercury Blues
Quarter of a Man
Ain't No Way
Twist and Shout
El Rayo-X - (Spanish)
Your Old Lady
Don't Look Back
Petit Fleur - (French)
Tu-Ber-Cu-Lucas and the Sinus Blues
Pay the Man

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  1. Well, no one has commented as yet on this but to me, it has a feel of a ry cooder album....which is no mean feat....excellent album and excellent blog....thank you.

  2. Thanks for the great post. Love this album! Any chance you also have El Rayo-X Live, which was only released in Europe, for some insane reason?

  3. Glad to see this fabulous link is still(?) or re-active!
    Had the good fortune to see David and El RayO X live touring for Win This Record. What a great show!!
    Thanx for sharing!


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