Friday, March 5, 2010

The Rivieras - California Sun (Grand Prix 1990 GPCD-9922)

The main reason that made me start lookin' back for them as a full of hormones teenager, was the Ramones! Yass! The three first covers da brudders ever did, were by them ("California Sun", "Let's Dance", "Do You Wanna Dance"). The Rivieras were one of the fine last and pure American rock n' roll bands before the Brits took over the charts and the hearts of the youngsters.
The pride of South Bend, IN, to these days are best remembered for their over the top remake of Joe Jones "California Sun". With this fireball almost hit No.1 in the charts but some kids from Liverpool stopped their  infectious beat. The full of power drum beat intro and the now signature guitar and organ riff drove the song once and for all to the pantheon of the best rock n roll songs!
This must be a boot since I'm quite sure the only official and from the master tapes re-releases of their works are out from Norton ( go get the "California Sun" and "Let's Stomp with..." CD's NOW!) but this must be the first ever in digital format dating back in 1990!
A party record for the upcoming weekend! Blast it out!

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