Unplugged & Totally Uncut

Bun E Carlos Greetings From Bunezuela

June 17, 20161 min
Greetings From Bunezuela! is a rocking and eclectic set of tunes drawn deep from a serious record collection, mixing the reasonably familiar (“Tell Me” by the Rolling Stones,” “I Can Only Give You Everything” by Them, “Him or Me” by Paul Revere and the Raiders and Dylan’s “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry”) with lesser-known classics (“Armenia City in the City,” the cover that opens The Who Sell Out; “Idea,” a 1968 Bee Gees album track) and expert-stumping selections (“I Love You No More” by the Blackstones, “Le Cactus” by Jacques Dutronc, and “Count on Me” by the Norwegian new wavers Fra Lippo Lippi). What you won’t hear is a drum solo or Carlos vocals. The goal for Greetings From Bunezuela! was not to put the star up on a throne. “I just went in to do what Bun E. Carlos does. I had no drummer statement I insisted on making. This record we served the songs.” Now that it’s done and he’s had a chance to reflect, Bun says, “I could have done the whole album with

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