Since I wrote about one of the two Yellow Dogs 7"s I picked up in Japan last week, I figured I'd knock out the other one today. Just to recap, I picked up both of the Yellow Dogs 7"s because I thought the artwork looked cool. I wasn't familiar with the band and for whatever reason, during my tear through the record store, I didn't realize that all of the songs on both 7"s were covers of older songs from the 60's. Looking at the art, I had figured this to be a fun power pop/mod something or other.
My opinion of this Yellow Dogs 7" is pretty much the same as my thoughts on their prior one. The songs are all good and fun to listen to, but I just can't picture any reason that would make me listen to them that often. "Sheik Of Araby" is a fun upbeat cover with really nice jangly guitar. "Three Cool Cats" has an easy going swing to it and "Boys" has some really nice call and response backing vocals, but none of the three songs really are that engaging. They're nice background music, but nothing special.
I haven't bought many records based solely on the artwork in quite some time. It was fun digging around record stores in Japan and taking some chances, but the chance I took on the Yellow Dogs didn't pay off quite how I was expecting.
The Yellow Dogs - "The Sheik Of Araby":
The Yellow Dogs - "Three Cool Cats":