Jul 19, 2009

ASTRONAUTS - EVERYTHING IS A-OK (RCA VICTOR 1964) Jap JVC K2 mastering cardboard sleeve




Along with Minnesota's Trashmen, the Astronauts (from Colorado) were the premier landlocked Midwestern surf group of the '60s. They recorded numerous singles and albums and achieved vast regional popularity, but only scored one modest national hit, "Baja." With little material of their own, they judiciously tapped heavyweights like Lee Hazelwood (who wrote "Baja"), Roger Christian, and Gary Usher, as well as covering tunes by Dick Dale and Henry Mancini. The group shone brightest on their instrumentals, which used mounds of Fender reverb and two rhythm guitars...
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The Astronauts harken back to simpler times when hot Fender Jaguars and Jazzmasters produced ringing rock and surf tunes. A polished group featuring twin lead guitars! Smooth as silk surf sounds and great cover songs of the mid-60s. A time when rock was pure and simple and ringing guitar instrumentals were tough. Boulder, Colo based Astronauts toured campuses nationwide with their resume of great dance music. Polished best describes their act...heads above other campus based groups of the era, ie. Kingsmen etc. Fans of the early 60s campus touring bands sounds will love The Astronauts. Fender guitar fans will rejoice.
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3 comments:

Gerard said...

Thanks.

vincent the soul chef said...

That Bo Diddley cover was DOPE! I hope I can find find some of their work on 45s when i hit the local record show today.

Another top post my friend. Thanks as always!

Peace and blessings.

antonilópez said...

No tienen nada en comun con The Spotnicks?. congratulations from Spain, very very good blog. Excuse me, my Englishspeak is lamentable.

os invito a mi blog.. viejo zapato marron, (Old brown shoe) thanks!!