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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Rip Cat Records artists; Johnny & Jaalene - self titled - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent self titled release, Johnny & Jaalene and it's quite good. Opening with Phil Spector's Baby I Love You, Johnny Ramos, son of blues guitar player Kid Ramos and super 16 year old singer, Jaalene DeLeon, breathe fresh air into this 60's classic with solid vocals instrumentation and a great mix. Eddie Cochran's rockabilly tune Teenage Cutie has plenty of spark and tight guitar riffs giving it real oomph. 50's French tune, Let It Be Me, popularized in the US by the Everly Brothers is a real standout here with excellent vocal blending and clear, crisp guitar accompaniment. Lalo Guerrero's Los Chuco Suave is a natural here with excellent Latin styling and accordion by Jesus Cuevas. Excellent! Another huge 60's classic, Rosie (Hamlin) and the Original's Angel Baby is done with little alteration and is a perfect showcase for the purity of DeLeon's voice. featuring a nice sax solo by Ron Dziubla, this is a great retro radio track for the release. Jessie Mae Robinson's rocker, Let's Have A Party features some hot guitar riffs by Kid Ramos led by Deleon on lead vocal. Very cool. Wrapping the release is Danleers', One Summer Night with a twist of doowop (original), zydeco, punk and rock. I actually like this a lot better than the original cut with it's carefree lest. A cool, accordion flavoring by Cuevas and solid vocals by DeLeon make this a perfect closer for a strong new release.

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