L.A. Loco is perhaps our most adventurous CD to date. We utilized three different studios and the magic of pro tools. While problems existed and we lost a few passages, we managed to finish the project as our dedication to L.A. Gloria T sings L.A. Loco while Enzo, our trumpeter extraordinary talent, does thereggaeton bridge. Richie Gajate-Garcia plays all the percussion with a little help from his percussionist son Roland Garcia.
The lyrics bring out the crazyness of Los Angeles. So here are the lyrics:
It was half-past two
Thought the night was through
I just wanted to hear the band
Suddenly I pass
Through the looking glass
Just like Alice in Wonderland
First guy that I met
Had a private jet
Fly me down to Acapulco
Gangstas, goons and gimps
Posers dressed like pimps
My first glimpse of L.A. Loco
L.A. Loco's a sight
After hours each night
Strange things always begin
When the sideshow walks in
They'll find you if you're inside--L.A. Loco
Better hold on for the ride--L.A. Loco
Watch 'em all start to unwind--L.A. Loco
You'll think you're losin' your mind--L.A. Loco
Fool asks me to dance
Wearin' purple pants
With a parrot he calls Poko
Says he's Captain Hook
This guy wrote the book
One more look at L.A. Loco
I'm all set to leave
She-male grabs my sleeve
He was Carl, but now she's Coco
Gonna take me far
Make me a big star
Life's bizarre in L.A. Loco
CHORUS c 2007 L.A. Carpool Music
While this music is comfortable in most any format, we seem to only land in that Latin Niche. Most all of our songs are done in English while the bg vocals are in Spanish. The musical portion fuses typical Cuban sounds with solid pop/rock that creates what we hope is a great listening experience for you. Our longevity speaks for itself. The Havana Taxi song can be seen on video on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/lacarpoolwith Gloria T belting out the lyrics and Joe Rotundi on Piano, Richie-Gajate on drums and Schela Gonzales from the Zappa Band on Sax. Give it a twirl.
The first song Like They Say in L.A. was written by my good friend Jerry Rusch and since we have that song available on www.itunes.com,we didn't put it into this CD. The song was first recorded by myself and the East L.A.Carpool in 1975, released on a 45rpm single and made it to number #10 on the Billboard adult contemporary charts and to the 20's on the Hot 100. Unfortunately, GRC Records went out of business and I couldn't convince anyone that a marketplace existed for Latin tinged music. At that time, we felt it was the L.A. Song if ever there was one. Oh well "Like they say in L.A. Have a real nice day!!!!!"
The CD is produced by Jack Gold, Enzo Villaparedes,Frank Garcia and Richie Garcia. Except Miguels Latin House which was produced and re-arranged by Frank Garcia and you can see Miguel the Iguana looking over the building, wearing the L.A. Loco rings.
At the present time our group consists of permanent members Richie Gajate-Garcia who play drums, bongo's, timbales and other percussion on all but L.A. On Malibu Sunrise and Havana Taxi the Conga parts are played by myself, Jack Gold.
Piano and piano solo's on Incognito are by my good friend John Douglas, now playing for the nice people in Santa Barbara.
Piano and piano solo's on Malibue Sunrise,Black Moon, Miguel and Havana Taxi are from Albeniz Quintana from the Johhny Polanco Conjunto.And last but not least on L.A. Loco and Goin On is Joe Rotundi who has played with everyone who is anybody.
Half Colombian and half Irish Bilingual beauty Gloria T sings all the female leads except for Incognito which brings back our old Havana Taxi CD singer, Faith Rivera while the original orchestration has been redone adding a nice trumpet overide by Enzo.
The Carpool also has video available at www.youtube.com/lacarpool where you can see Richie Gajate-Garcia "rip out" a memorable timbale solo live in Santa Clarita at the park on July 4th.
Flute solo's on Malibu and Black Moon are from the Charangoa Conjunto's charismatic leader Fay Roberts.
And don't, please don't forget to check out Salsa/Pop right here on cdbay.com as well as When Worlds Colide which is only available now as mp3 download since we've been sold out for a while now.
And finally, most English lyrics by Rick Ryan and guitar work by Frank Garcia (no relation :
The Music of the L.A. Carpool is as rich and diverse as the City that they
represent. The strong melodies and musicianship are highlighted throughout
this new release "L.A. Loco" by a line-up that features the cream of the
crop of Los Angeles Talent. Listen to the modern yet traditional sound as
the set takes you from the streets of Los Angeles to New York then a brief
stop in San Juan...and back again. This group is the creation of Producer /
Conguero Jack Gold who had the vision of combining different musical
elements with traditional Salsa rhythms and melodies. This group is like no
other..their sound is like no other.....you can hear the influences of
many...but this sound is all LA Carpool.! As with their past releases,
everything is quality with this brand new effort.
The exquisite vocals of Gloria T. will captivate you as she can sure touch
and sooth the soul with her smooth vocals as they advertise they truly make
Salsa Rock....if you are in the mood to enjoy some harmonic and driving
musica check out the LA Carpool....they are as fast as an L.A. Freeway yet
as smooth as a Malibu sunrise.
Their spirited brand of music represents the best in Suave Grooves!
A Gozar con el LA Carpool !
This release is a 5 Conga effort!
Host / Producer - Gozando with Chico