CD Rise [Louie & the Lovers] (CD 6993241),
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Rise [Louie & the Lovers]

  • 1. Rise
    2. I've Always Got You On My Mind
    3. Sittin' By Your River
    4. Driver Go Slow
    5. I Know You Know
    6. Royal Oakie
    7. I Don't Want To Be Seen With You
    8. I Just Met You
    9. Rock Me Baby
    10. If the Night
    11. It's the Morning
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0038

  • Credits
    ProducerDoug Sahm
    EngineerMark Harmon

    Louie & The Lovers includes: Louie Ortega.
    Additional personnel: Rocky Morales.
    Contains four bonus tracks including two by Rocky & The Border Kings.
    Liner Note Author: Jerry Ewing.
    Louie & the Lovers' RISE is a legendary album, at least among hardcore record collectors. It's the kind of record that is heard of more than heard -- the kind of record rumored about in collectors' circles, as evidenced by R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck impressing author Brett Milano in his ode to record collectors, Vinyl Junkies, the kind of record that fetches absurd prices when actually found in specialty shops or record conventions. The band simply has a great story, that of a teenage Mexican-American garage band, inspired greatly by Creedence Clearwater Revival and to a lesser extent the Byrds, who were still in high school and playing sets of all-original material when they gained the attention of Sahm and Epic, leading to this one album. Finally, the music is really, really good, a fresh and unpredictable blend of Byrdsian jangle and psychedelia, CCR-styled choogling boogie, Texas blues, Mexican tradition, old-fashioned teen-beat rock & roll, and a sense of popcraft learned from the Beatles. It's easy to see, from this, their only album, why Sahm went crazy for this band.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.82) - "[The songs] sound like a natural bridge from Creedence Clearwater Revival to the Chicano-rock explorations of Los Lobos..."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.95) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Sir Doug gave them a clear and clean production on material that ranged from attractive West Coast pop of the title track tot he easy rock of 'Royal Oakie'..."
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