"Second Chance" LP
Teen Sound LP
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.
Steve Elliott (Shindig, Ugly Things, M.L. Magazine)
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Los Immediatos are a sort of a Spanish '60s revival supergroup. The variety of sounds clearly shows that each of them has been digging throughout the beloved decade for some time now, knowing their basic r'n'b, just as good as they know their popsike. However, the ones that my own needle keeps coming back to, are the Graham Gouldman-like minor chord beat of 'Something's Wrong With You', the 12-string Mersey jangle of 'Everybody Knows' (on par with The Gants' genre-defining classic 'I Wonder', which they cover here as well), or 'Sad About Me, Sad About Us', having more similarities to the early Who than the title itself.