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Bodo

Hits Internacionales

(Shadoks Music; US: 23 Oct 2012; UK: 19 Nov 2012)

Gonna party like it's 1969

Bodo Molitor was a German-born Mexican musician whose 1969 release Hits Internacionales combined fuzzy guitars, shrill farfisa and throaty vocals into a fun, irresistible stew. The cover versions here betray the influences: The Beatles’ “She’s a Woman” and “You Can’t Do That”, The Doors’ “Hello I Love You”, Nina Simone’s “Real Real” and Wilson Pickett’s “In The Midnight Hour” rub shoulders with original compositions like the propulsive “You Don’t Know”—great bass line there, guys—the acoustic strummer “Laziness” and the straight-up rocker “Try Minnie Try”.


Inevitably, the original tracks don’t quite measure up to songs that have settled into the status of rock classics, but the album is a worthwhile spin nonetheless. For aficianados of classic rock who fear they may have exhausted the known sources of material, the always-dependable Shadoks Music label has unearthed one more nugget to enjoy, with bonus tracks to boot. With 16 songs in total, there’s something here for just about everyone.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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