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It was pleasant surprise to hear such great songs from the decade in which I was born.

Everyone has their favourite decade for music; for me it's the eighties, but for erstwhile (or still?) Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, it's the sixties. 'Greetings From Benezuela!' is Carlos' (born Brad Carlson) debut album, featuring obscure cover songs from five decades ago. Despite an eclectic mix of songs, and a variety of guest vocalists, the album is very coherent; not always the case with this type of release.

As you can imagine, with over forty years of experience in the business, Carlos has surrounded himself with a stellar bunch of musicians to record these songs. The album kicks off with 'Do Something Real' featuring Robert Pollard from Indie Rock band Guided By Voices. 'Armenia City In The Sky', the opening track to The Who's 1967 'The Who Sell Out' features Wilco's John Stirratt.

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These two numbers alone would not be out of place on many of CT's former releases. 'Him Or Me' features the Hanson brothers, and is a cover of Paul Revere And The Raiders, and sounds very similar to The Monkees. 'I Love You No More' features Alex Dezen of The Damnwells, and he also takes lead on the closing track 'I Don't Mind' (James Brown/The Who).

As well as his own composition, Alejandro Escobedo also handles the vocals on The Rolling Stones' 'Tell Me', which was their first US hit back in 1964. Bob Dylan's ridiculously long song title, 'It Takes A Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Lot to Cry', which first appeared on 1965's 'Highway 61 Revisited', features Soul Asylum vocalist Dave Pirner, and it's a real winner. 'Idea', the title track of the Bee Gees 1968 album has Pollard once again taking lead vocals. Randy "Xenon" Hogan, who was CT's original lead singer before Robin Sander, takes lead vocal duties on 'Let The Mystery Be' and 'Count On Me' (Norwegian New Wavers Fra Lippo Lippi). Jacques Dutronc's 'Les Cactus' was released a good ten years prior to the Punk revolution, here featuring Nicholas Tremulis, and finally Them's 'I Can Only Give You Everything' features Eleventh Dream Day's Rick Rizzo.

I certainly had to do my research for this album, but it was pleasant surprise to hear such great songs from the decade in which I was born.

Mark Donnelly

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