The Silos: Cuba (1987)
Opener "Tennessee Fire" starts strongly right out of the gate, sporting an upbeat twang a la the Long Ryders; "Mary's Getting Married" and "Just This Morning" bolster that vibe with a swinging electric gallop. There's plenty of mid-tempo, bright guitar jangle on stand-outs like "It's Alright" and "She Lives Up The Street," and lovely mellow ballads like "For Always" and the stripped-down "Margaret," but the album also has an overriding sense of melancholy, as heard on the bittersweet "Memories."
The CD adds a number of equally engaging songs; my version includes the rollicking pop track "Get Back My Name" and the blazing Jason & The Scorchers/Velvet Underground tinged blast "Head Party," among other great tunes.
The album presages some of the directions later taken by bands like Uncle Tupelo and Whiskeytown, making the Silos (alongside the Long Ryders) unfairly overlooked fore-fathers of the 90s Americana revival. Certainly a must-own for anyone who likes a little alt.country in their jangly guitar rock.
Here's the "Tennessee Fire" video: