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Para Siempre

parasiempre.jpgLast night, my promo copy of the Gypsy Pistoleros disc Para Siempre (Bad Reputation) arrived. We'll consider the release an improved Wild, Beautiful, Damned which you might recall is on my list of the best albums of 2007.

Here's the track listing:




* Shotgun Kiss Is Ay Que Dolor
* Un Hombre Sin Rostro, Pistolero
* Forever is Para Siempre
* Senor Mangi Acqui
* What's It Like to be A Girl in a House of a 1000 Dolls?
* Jet, Jet, Jet Boyz
* Una Para Todo es Bandido
* Livin' La Vida Loca
* Chicas Peligrosa
* Moonchild
* Switchblade Kiss Comes Close
* The Crazy Loco Loquito
* 1-2-3-4 Kiss Me Then I'm Damned For Sure

If you own Wild, Beautiful, Damned a lot of the songs will be familiar. The differences here are "Livin' La Vida Loca" (with a shout out to Rocklahoma no less!), "Chica's Peligrosa," and "1-2-3-4 Kiss Me Then I'm Damned For Sure." The good news is that both these tracks are top notch - and a ton of fun.

Of these three new songs, I think my favorite is "Livin' La Vida Loca." No, I'm not a Ricky Martin fan (although I do think Life is underrated for a pop album, but I digress) and I don't necessarily dig cover tunes, but this version is executed really well. The guitars are crunchy and all-in-all the Gypsy Pistoleros have improved upon an overplayed song. Actually, I'd say the Gypsy Pistoleros know a sight more about living a crazy life than Ricky Martin anyway!

The Gypsy Pistoleros just changed bass players, so the person you hear on the recording is not who you will be seeing on stage. At any rate, all the musicianship on Para Siempre is absolutely top notch. For the life of me, I haven't been able to figure out how Lee Pistolero can sing Spanish...without his British accent. I guess that's just one of the wonders of the world.

Para Siempre has a release date of January 24, 2008. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy...and find out why the Gypsy Pistoleros are the single most inventive band of the last decade.

Gypsy Pistoleros on Myspace

Reader Comments (2)

I bought Wild, Beautiful, Damned when it first came out and love it. These guys are great fun. Livin' La Vida Loca I've heard on myspace and was surprised -I didn't think it would work but it has been done brilliantly. Guess I'll have to get Para Siempre as well then.

Actually, another band I know and love (Rattlesnake Remedy) have just signed with Bad Reputation and are re-releasing their 2006 album Magic Man which has been remastered and has additional tracks. Suddenly I'm going to be owning duplicates...
January 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCinnamon
Gypsy Pistoleros are what Hanoi Rocks should have become, only the latin dimension takes them to another level. They will be massive without doubt.
January 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSally Wildheart

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