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David Lindley

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El Rayo-X

 

Tracklist

(Vinyl)
A1   She Took Off My Romeos      3:00
A2   Bye Bye Love      2:50
A3   Mercury Blues      3:33
A4   Quarter Of A Man      3:45
A5   Ain't No Way      3:42
A6   Twist And Shout      2:44
B1   El Rayo-X      2:53
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On paper, it sounds like an album you'd love to hate: former folkie, once a rock & roller with Kaleidoscope, now revered Los Angeles sessionman joins third-world bandwagon with solo record of reggae and Mexican stylings. Instead, El Rayo-X is as bright and out of the blue as its title–which, in David Lindley's translation, is sort of a cross between X-ray vision and the mark of Zorro. But then, the man you've watched onstage with Jackson Browne for years (half the time wondering how he kept his overgrown elf locks out of his multi-instrumental… Read More

strings) has always seemed more phenomenon than sideman. Other studio heavies might offer a trademark sound, but Lindley added magic: the ?? fiddle in the Youngblood ?? ness, Darkness," the twin?? dolin on Rod Stewart's Atlantic Crossing.

The El Rayo-X is something of a potluck supper. It includes reggae tre??ments of both Nash?? ("Bye Bye Love") and Moto?? ?? ("Don't Look Back?? ("El Rayo-X") and Cajun ?? ("Petit Fleur"), and R&B from proto-rock & roll ("Mercury Blues") to funky King Curtis ("Your Old Lady"). Plus contemporary tunes by Bob "Frizz" Fuller that encourage Lindley's own Carib-Mex medicine show. Thing is, all this diversity speaks with a single, eloquent voice. Astonishing thing is that it's not just because Lindley spent a year and a half with a vocal coach, though his stylized, flexible near falsetto is an unexpected treat.

What holds David Lindley's multiplicity of sources and strings together is the Bounce: the elastic lilt that so many reggae, funk, Cajun, Latin and polka styles have in common. Indeed, the Bounce may be the sound of the beat remembering that dancers need time to bend their knees. But to Lindley, it's more than that. As an accompanist, his usual job is deciding which holes require filling and when to leave well enough alone. So the Bounce, with its crucial pauses and sneak attacks, must come naturally to an ear that hears the spaces between notes as vividly as the notes themselves.

Maybe the Bounce is a way of getting from one string to the next, so that you land a little after the beat and leave a spin behind you. Whatever it is, it's certainly an attack with implications: of teasing restraint, of winking over your shoulder, of savoring and letting go. Though Lindley's exuberant eclecticism resembles Ry Cooder's, and though he can match Cooder tone for pear-shaped tone, El Rayo-X has none of the solemn resonance (where each note is played to last a century) that makes Cooder's later LPs such lifeless monuments to good taste.

David Lindley keeps moving, preferring hit-and-run notes to sustained ones, even on slide guitar. And his light touch isn't confined to his fingers. From the wry regrets of a lounge Lothario who gets seduced himself ("She Took Off My Romeos") to the almost ethereal version of Smokey Robinson's "Don't Look Back" (which, unlike P?? Tosh's, preserves the sweet?? ?? and polish of the original


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  David Lindley   El Rayo X
N/a Asylum, 5242, 1981
  CD   EX/EX Kellys Recor
United Kingdom
$9.96     Details
David Lindley - El Rayo-x   David Lindley   El Rayo-x
Label: Elektra, Published: 1996 Elektra, 12.01.1996
  CD   USED recordsale
Germany
$9.04     Details
  DAVID LINDLEY   El Rayo-x
  CD   EX/EX F-seventies
France
$50.00     Details
  lindley david   El Rayo-x
067917 condition: New Copy/ Cd 7 12 1987 Wea 75596057 Condition: New Copy/ / Style: Rock Hollan... Special Order
  CD   CDExpress
Netherlands
$14.40     Details
  LINDLEY DAVID   El Rayo-x
Classic 1981 Debut Solo Album From Ex-kaleidoscope Member & Sideman To The Stars! Produced By...
  CD   Red Eye
Australia
$15.09     Details
  LINDLEY,DAVID   El Rayo-x
Dispatched As Soon As Possible By Independent Uk Seller. Please Contact Me If Item Is Not Dispatc...
  CD   BRAND NEW! GENERALLY SEALED. PLEASE NOTE: NOT ALL MERLIN MOOSI
United Kingdom
$14.30     Details
  Lindley,David   El Rayo-x
Items Ships In 1-2 Working Days. 067917
  CD   NEW Discorder
Netherlands
$15.93     Details
El Rayo-x - LINDLEY, DAVID   LINDLEY,DAVID   El Rayo-x
Wea, 7559605732, 12/7/1987
  CD   MINT importcd
Netherlands
$17.16     Details
  Lindley,David   El Rayo-x
81
  CD   AOR-Melodicr
Germany
$26.05     Details
  David Lindley   El Rayo-x
Surface Has Some Smudges That Should Have Little If Any Auditory Effect. Showiest One Is In The ...
  LP   EX- Alfred Carte
United States
$2.99     Details
  David Lindley   El Rayo X
/ 1981 Germanycatalog Number: 52 283 Asylum
  LP   M-/VG+ H&E
Germany
$3.96     Details
David Lindley - El Rayo X   David Lindley   El Rayo X LP   VG / VG recordsale
Germany
$3.99 - $4.87      Details
David Lindley - El Rayo X   David Lindley   El Rayo X
Label: Asylum, Published: 1981 Cutout Italy, Asylum, W 52 283, 1981
  LP   VG / VG recordsale
Germany
$3.99     Details
El Rayo X - David Lindley   David Lindley   El Rayo X
Label: Asylum, Published: 1981 Ois, Probably Waterplayed, Sounds Partly Ex (lp) Made In Italy ...
  LP   NM / VG recordsale
Germany
$4.87     Details
David Lindley - El Rayo-x Album   David Lindley   El Rayo-x LP   VG / VG recordsale
Germany
$4.13 - $10.58      Details
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Label: Asylum Records, Published: 1981 Ois Has Tape Repair. (lp)[][] Us, Asylum Records, 5e-52...
  LP   VG / VG recordsale
Germany
$4.13     Details
David Lindley - El Rayo-x CD   David Lindley   El Rayo-x
Label: Asylum Records, Published: 1981 Canada, Asylum Records, X5e-524, 1981
  LP   VG / EX recordsale
Germany
$10.58     Details
  David Lindley   El Rayo-x
Record Is In Excellent Condition. Cover Has Very Light Ring Wear. Asylum, 5e-524, 1981
  LP   NM/NM- Daniel J. Sm
United States
$4.95     Details
  David Lindley   El Rayo - X
Australian Pressing On The Asylum Records Label In Near Mint Condition. Cover And Inner Sleeve Co...
  LP   NEAR MINT Crypt Record
Australia
$6.55     Details
  David Lindley   El Rayo-x
Includes Original Inner Sleeve Us, Asylum, 5e-524, 1981
  LP   VG+ VG+ Bad Cat Reco
United States
$5.20     Details
  DAVID LINDLEY   El Rayo-x
2nd Hand el Rayo-x Asylum(g)as 52 283, -'81,pic
  LP   GOOD Black Rhythm
Netherlands
$6.08     Details
  David Lindley   El Rayo-x
Ex-ex Spain, Asylum Records, 90395, 1981
  LP   NEAR MINT (NM OR M-)/NEAR MINT (NM OR M-) Rockodium
Spain
$6.60     Details
David Lindley - El Rayo Live   David Lindley   El Rayo Live
Label: Asylum, Published: 1983 Sticker Rip-off Germany, Asylum, 96.0235-1, 1983
  LP   EX / NM recordsale
Germany
$6.64     Details
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Vinyl And Label Are In Excellent Condition. Sleeve Is In Excellent Condition As Well. Original ...
  LP   NEAR MINT (NM OR M-)/NEAR MINT (NM OR M-) StaxOfWax45
United States
$6.99     Details
  David Lindley   El Rayo X.k 52283.looks Unplayed.
The Sleeve Is Near Mint With Hardly Any Signs Of Wear.the Lanbels Are Undamaged With No Spindle W...
  LP   EX/MINT Tom Hutton
United Kingdom
$7.30     Details
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David Lindley-el Rayo-x(1981)/asylum(can )/x5e-524 Ex-/ex++the Cover Has All Over Surface Wear, As...
  LP   P R O M O VinylSniffer
Canada
$7.99     Details
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Inner Sleeve Asylum, 524
  LP   VG+ Recordsbymai
United States
$8.00     Details
David Lindley - El Rayo-x LP   David Lindley   El Rayo-x
German Pressing W/orig. Innerbag, Nm/ex, Split At The Top D, Asylum, As 52283, 1981
  LP   NM/EX Poplife
Germany
$7.91     Details
  David Lindley   El Rayo-x LP   VG+ Mad Music
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  David Lindley   El Rayo-x
5e-524. White Label. Sleeve Is Vg / Vinyl Is Vg. We Ship Within 24 Hours (6 Days A Week).
  LP   VG+ Mad Music
United States
$8.99     Details
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5e-524. Sleeve Is Vg / Vinyl Is Vg. We Ship Within 24 Hours (6 Days A Week).
  LP   VG+ Mad Music
United States
$9.99     Details
  David Lindley   El Rayo-x
Us, Asylum Records, 5e524, 1981
  LP   VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+)/VERY GOOD (VG) Gajzazz
Australia
$9.36     Details
  DAVID LINDLEY   El Rayo-x
Slit On One Edge, With Original Sleeve Usa, Asylum, 5e-524
  LP   VG+/M- Green Spring
United States
$9.98     Details
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W/inner Bagstains On Coverco-prod. Jackson Browne Usa, Asylum, 5e-524, 1981
  LP   EX+/EX+ Pure Pop Rec
Japan
$10.00     Details
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Stock Location 3 1/2 Uk, Asylum Records, K52283, 1981
  LP   NEAR MINT (NM OR M-)/VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) Back Bay Rec
United Kingdom
$9.94     Details
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E551245 lp Used, Condition Record/sleeve: Fair/ Asylum As 52 283 Germany Lp Title: El Rayo-x -'8... Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
$11.76     Details
DAVID LINDLEY - El Rayo-x Single   DAVID LINDLEY   El Rayo-x
1981 German, Asylum, As52283
  LP   EXCELLENT Rock of Ages
United Kingdom
$13.27     Details
  David Lindley   El Rayo-x
New Shop Stock no Cover Asylum Records, 5e-524
  LP   NEAR MINT (NM OR M-) CDKing24
Spain
$14.53     Details
  DAVID LINDLEY   El Rayor - X
Elektra Records 1981
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
$16.83     Details
  David Lindley   El Rayo Live (1983, & El Rayo-x)
  LP   EX Fun Records
Germany
$17.32     Details
  DAVID LINDLEY   El Rayo-x
Spanish Issue With Inner Sleeve Asylum S 90 395
  LP   VG/EX Retro Vinyl 
United Kingdom
$18.25     Details
  david lindley   El Rayo Live
E536856 lp Used, Condition Record/sleeve: Good/ Asylum 96.0235-1 Germany Lp Title: El Rayo Live ... Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
$19.68     Details
  DAVID LINDLEY   El Rayo -x
Asylum Recs, 1981, K 52283, Ex/ex
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
$21.02     Details
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United Kingdom
$21.02 - $50.46      Details
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12 Track With Inner Sleeve Aslum Records K52283 With Inner Sleeve 1981 Exvg
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
$21.02     Details
  david lindley   El Rayo-x
12 Track Asylum Records K52283 With Inner 1981 Ex Ex
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
$50.46     Details
  david lindley   El Rayo Lives
6 Track Asylum Records 1983 Pressed In Germany 96.0235-1 Stereo Exex
  LP   VinylUK / Be
United Kingdom
$25.22     Details
  David Lindley   El Rayo X
K 52283 Asylum
  LP   NEX/EX Acousticsoup
United Kingdom
$26.13     Details
  David Lindley   El Rayo-x ( Inner )
Uk, W/b, K 52283, 1981
  LP   EX/EX Vinylshop Re
United Kingdom
$33.57     Details
  David Lindley   El Rayo-x
Uk, K52283
  LP   EX/EX Vinylshop Re
United Kingdom
$40.00     Details
El Rayo Live - David Lindley & El Rayo X   David Lindley & El Rayo X   El Rayo Live
Label: Asylum, Published: 1983 Small Soc. Crease Fc, Otherwise Nm. Germany, Asylum, 96.0235-1, 1
  LP   VG / NM recordsale
Germany
$12.66     Details
  David Lindley & El Rayo-X   El Rayo Live
20% Off All Orders Over $10 Germany, Asylum Records, 9602351, 1983
  LP   NEAR MINT (NM OR M-)/VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) B-Side Music
United States
$2.49     Details
  David Lindley & El Rayo-X   El Rayo Live
Ex+/ex Germany, Asylum Records, 96.0235-1
  LP   VG++/VG+ vakuum
Denmark
$6.60     Details
David Lindley & El Rayo-X - El Rayo Live Album   David Lindley & El Rayo-X   El Rayo Live
1983 German Original Still In Shrink Wrap Appears Unplayed Germany, Elektra, 96.0235
  LP   M- Audiophileus
United States
$33.00     Details
  LINDLEY David   El Rayo X LP   VG+/VG++, INNER SLEEVE OCTOPUSMUSIC
France
$5.03 - $14.40      Details
  LINDLEY David   El Rayo X
His First Solo Lp, With Jackson Browne (also Producer), Garth Hudson (the Band), Ras Baboo… Sev...
  LP   VG+/VG++, INNER SLEEVE OCTOPUSMUSIC
France
$5.03     Details
  LINDLEY David   El Rayo X
His First Solo Lp, With Jackson Browne (also Producer), Garth Hudson (the Band), Ras Baboo… Sev...
  LP   EX/EX, INNER SLEEVE OCTOPUSMUSIC
France
$8.06     Details
  LINDLEY David   El Rayo X
His First Solo Lp, With Jackson Brone (also Producer), Garth Hudson (the Band), Ras Baboo… Seve...
  LP   VG++/EX, INNER SLEEVE OCTOPUSMUSIC
France
$14.40     Details
  Lindley David   El Rayo-x
Innersl Asylum, D 1981
  LP   VG++/VG VinylSchall
Germany
$7.93     Details
  Lindley David   El Rayo X
1981 Lp Elektra K52283
  LP   EXCELLENT CMS Music
United Kingdom
$9.94     Details
  lindley david   El Rayo-x LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
$19.68      Details
  lindley david   El Rayo-x
210000295 lp Condition: Vg++ Title: El Rayo-x Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
$19.68     Details
  lindley david   El Rayo-x
3321 used, Condition Sleeve/record: B-side: G/ G Ex Kaleidoscope Special Order
  LP   CDExpress
Netherlands
$19.68     Details
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