If you are anything at all like me, you consider the Marty Cooper Clan’s recording of “Walk, Don’t Run” to be one of modern mankind’s greatest achievements. If that’s the case, you should also enjoy David Carroll’s “Mexico and Eleven Other Great Hits.” Pitched on the back cover as a cash in on the Nashville Brass bandwagon (recorded in Nashville and “will mark your introduction to the new ‘sound’ craze currently sweeping the country”), this album is really much, much more than that. In these dozen short tracks, the varied arrangements feature electric and acoustic guitars, groovy background vocals, and even manage to throw in an occasional Hammond organ, as we swerve from Ventures style surf into Boots Randolph territory all under the guise of Latin standards like Tequila and Vaya Con Dios. Another wonderful rescue from the Goodwill outlet, purchased by the pound, but the vinyl’s in very good shape. Presented in glorious mono.
I challenge anyone to find a more swinging version of Perfidia:
Vaya Con Dios
El Rancho Grande
Mexican Hat Twist